Trump is deciding about trophy hunting

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Hypatia Day and Faith Williams

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When you hear the word trophy, you typically think of winning a sports game or being academically successful. You don’t think of innocent animal’s body parts.

President Donald Trump announced on March 1st that the Trump administration will allow Americans to bring banned animal trophies  into United States.

At the turn of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants left in the wild and 100,000 Asian elephants. Today there are about 450,000 African Elephants and about 35,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.

The African elephant has been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1979 while Asian elephants have been listed under the same act since 1986.Endangered Species Act.

Ricky Gervais, director, actor and stand up comedian posted the following two quotes regarding trophy hunting:

It’s critical now. Poaching and trophy hunting are causing extinction. Don’t believe anything different. They kill for fun and money.

“The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama’s ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It’s savage and pointless. It breaks my heart.” tweeted Ricky Gervais.

Trump posted:

Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps the conservation of elephants or any other animal

 

President Trump’s statement  was contradictory and confusing because of his now overturned law about bringing trophies into the U.S

Trump’s two adult sons are trophy hunters. A photo of Donald Trump, Jr. holding a knife and the bloody severed tail of an elephant he reportedly killed in Zimbabwe in 2011 sparked outrage among animal rights activists.

Donald Trump originally pushed off allowing trophy hunting based off of widespread public outcry from celebrities and citizens all over the 50 states.

According to the United Nations, as many as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012. For forest elephants, the population declined by an estimated 62 percent between 2002 and 2011.

And that’s not all. In his 2018 budget, President Trump has already made extensive cuts in previously underfunded conservation programs to protect endangered animals including african elephants and rhinos. It seems he’s promoting the self-proclaimed “horror show.”

Popular talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres said that, “Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to kill elephants”

“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness … all the things I have yet to see in this president,” she added.

Ellen DeGeneres created the social media hashtag #BeKindToElephants in an effort to inform people of what they’re doing to such beautiful creatures… and for what?

Wall decor? A hanging piece? Is classy home decor worth an animal’s life?

For every person who retweets and uses the hashtag #BeKindToElephants Ellen DeGeneres is going to donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The organization, founded in 1977, works to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned baby elephants, as well as working on general conservation throughout Kenya, according to its website.

“It doesn’t matter to elephants if they are killed by poachers or trophy hunters,” says Joyce Poole, who has studied African elephants in the wild in Kenya and Mozambique for more than 40 years and is the co-director of ElephantVoices, a conservation organization.

“The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama’s ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It’s savage and pointless. It breaks my heart.” tweeted Ricky Gervais.

It has been proven through research that wild elephants have grown to trust tourists and can identify them by their sounds. Then in turn they get killed. All for a trophy. There are many other ways to obtain a trophy and taking an animal’s life should not be one of them. At the core, this is a morality issue; it is not okay

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