Elephants are NOT Trophies!
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Take a stand for elephants and tell our President and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that you do not support the trophy hunting industry and want the United States to protect elephants and not be responsible for the slaughter of this great animal.
We do not agree with the changed policy on allowing elephants to be killed for sport and allowed entry into the United States. The African elephants are listed as vulnerable/threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached/murdered/slaughtered for their ivory tusks. The U.S. Government has decided that it is open season on elephants and ss Americans, we believe in the sanctity of life for this regal animal and request that you reverse the decision to allow criminal poachers to continue their trade and also allow cowardly big game hunters to continue their sport. By reversing the ban you are putting a target on elephants and in turn, the poacher trade will increase too.
We do not agree with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services determination that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of parts — known as trophies — of the animals. We do not believe the wordsmithing by a local FWS spokesperson said in a statement that, “Legal, well-regulated, sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” This statement is spin and an abomination on the entire idea of conservation and the benefit of the elephant species.
83% of Americans support banning elephant trophies. These are inhumane policies please stop them and this careless decision and place back the ban on elephant trophies of any kind allowed in the United States of America. We are better than this as a country and need to make a stand for decency, honor, and conservation of one of the largest mammals on this earth.
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