Tell President Trump to Reinstate the U.S. Ban on Elephant Hunting Trophies!
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Last fall we learned that President Trump's administration planned to lift the U.S. ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from two African countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia. After much public scrutiny and pressure, the president later expressed dismay at the idea and said he would reinstate the ban. Now he has changed his mind again, and will allow importing "trophies" (i.e., dead elephant body parts) from South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia (in addition to trophies of dead lions and bonteboks from South Africa).
Please help us fight this act by emailing the President and asking that he reconsider once again.
Elephants have been under siege around the world for centuries, and their numbers have dropped perilously in Africa. Savanna elephant populations recently decreased by an astounding 30% in less than 10 years (from 2007 to 2014, according to the Great Elephant Census). Clearly we need to strengthen the chances for these magnificent beings, not dump the few protections we already have for them. President Trump has stated that lifting the ban on elephant trophies actually helps the species from a conservation standpoint. This makes no sense. We’re at a time where every individual elephant is critical to the survival of the species. Killing elephants to save them is not viable, sensible, or moral.
But all conservation issues aside, there's no conceivable situation where the slaughter of these intelligent, compassionate, and sentient creatures could ever be condoned. And the vast majority of people agree; in the United States alone, 83% of those recently polled support the ban on elephant trophies. In Canada, the support is even higher. And in India? Trophy hunting is already illegal. The fact is that this law is one of the very few protections provided for an embattled species already dangerously close to extinction. Please do what you can to see that this ban is reinstated as soon as possible. It starts with signing the petition and spreading the word.
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