In a total departure from a position taken by President Trump late last year when he called trophy hunting a “horror show,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has signaled it will move ahead with its enormously controversial decision to allow U.S. trophy hunters to import elephant and lion trophies from Africa, albeit on a case by case basis.
Tell Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this is unacceptable and demand that FWS reinstate the ban on issuing any elephant or lion trophy import permits, and adhere to a public rulemaking process before issuing any import permits.
With this announcement, the FWS is attempting to do an end run around a court order that requires the agency to solicit public comment before making decisions about whether trophy hunting in a particular country promotes the conservation of a species threatened with extinction.
This move will dramatically reduce transparency and undermine efforts to protect elephants and lions in Africa, whose populations are already under threat due to poaching and unsustainable levels of trophy hunting.
Please stand with the Humane Society Legislative Fund and demand elephants and lions remain protected!
Thank you for your commitment to animals,
Humane Society Legislative Fund