Nairobi, Nov 21 – United States President Donald Trump has decided to delay the implementation of a new policy that would have allowed trophies of African elephants killed by hunters in Zambia and Zimbabwe to be imported into America.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service had posited that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill elephants for sport would help raise funds for conservation programmes. The department had announced that it would allow such importation, but animal rights advocates and wildlife conservationists vehemently criticised the decision.
On November 17, Trump decided to delay the policy saying he wanted to review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The president, however, later tweeted that he “will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”
The new policy would override a 2014 ban in the importation of wildlife trophies imposed by the Obama administration. It would apply to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.