On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed President Trump’s decision to lift a ban on elephant imports. The decision would be a reversal of a ban put in place in 2014 by the Obama administration.
The decision would allow hunters to bring “trophy” elephants into the United States from Zimbabwe. The original ban was reportedly placed because of a lack of data on conservation efforts in Zimbabwe. Now, the administration said that the hunts can be beneficial to local communities and that the conservation efforts have increased.
The federal agency said, “Since our 2014 and 2015 findings, there are strong indications that the efforts of private landowners and consortiums to manage elephants within their areas of control have received greater support.”
After the decision was made, an extreme eruption took place on the Internet. Many people, both Democrats and Republicans, were sharing their opinions on the matter. The decision was met with much harsh backlash.
After thousands of people slammed the reversal, President Trump made a surprising announcement. He said that he will be delaying the decision until his team can review the facts.
President Trump said that he will review the facts with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The halt on the decision came just hours after the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said that it would be the best decision. Rep. Ed Royce called the decision the “wrong move at the wrong time.”
For now, President Trump has halted his decision. What do you think about this? Let us know on Facebook. In other breaking news, a reality TV star just passed away at 53. Please pray for her family during this difficult time.