WE Demands Ban On US Imports of Trophies and live Endangered Species from Africa

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The Obama administration banned imports of of trophies from Zimbabwe in 2014 after finding the nation's management of legal hunting did not enhance the survival of the African elephant in the wild.  

Donald Trump's administration has decided to allow the remains of endangered elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported into the United States of America.  

Elephants are listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act and importing ivory into America is banned unless certain conditions are met.

Lions, Rhino and Giraffes are endangered species.  Trophies from hunts killing these animals are still entering the USA from Africa. 

Trump has argued that hunting could help conservation efforts.  Hunting is driving megafauna to extinction. 

The USA failed to support a proposal brought by 32 African countries to halt the export of baby elephants from Africa  to ZOOS in foreign countries in Geneva at CITES CoP18 this week.

The USA did vote in support of this proposal at the final vote taking place on Tuesday 27th August.  GMFER handed a copy of this petition to the US delegation in Geneva. 

President Masisi of Botswana has lifted the moratorium on  elephant trophy hunting in Botswana.  He is allowing 272 elephants to be killed by trophy hunters in 2020.  These hunts will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in Canada, the USA, in Botswana and in Europe.  How many trophies will be allowed to end the United States of America? 

Megan Carr