Ban on elephant “trophies”

Three days ago, the administration announced it would lift the ban on importing from Zimbabwe elephant “trophies” – essentially tusks that hunters take from their kills of an endangered species. This comes completely out of the blue; what lobby was out there calling for more elephant carcasses? To be sure, one day later, the administration reversed course, but kept the issue under review. Today, I signed a change.org petition asking the Department of Interior to keep the ban on elephant ivory. It’s gotten nearly 280,000 signatures in just a few days.

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