To: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Interior
Secretary Zinke: Do not allow American trophy hunters to kill elephants
Your recent decision to reverse Obama-era bans on the importation of elephant parts from animals trophy hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia threatens the survival of these species. Please reconsider this misguided decision and maintain the ban.
Why is this important?
March 5, 2018 update: Despite Trump tweeting in November that he would be "very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal" his administration went ahead and did it anyway. They are now willing to review applications to bring slaughtered elephants into the United States. Let's keep up the pressure!
The Department of Interior announced that they would end a ban on the importation of the remains of elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia. This action will encourage more killing of these already threatened animals.
In 2015, the Obama administration determined that Zimbabwe could not demonstrate how hunting elephants would enhance this species survival. Zimbabwe's elephant population has declined six percent in less than two decades. Reversing the ban now is outrageous and inexplicable.
Please reverse this decision and leave the ban in place.