Trump administration promotes trophy hunting in Africa including lions

It’s unsurprising but Trump has done something terribly wrong. He has undone the work of former president Obama in restricting the importation of hunting trophies from Africa. Quietly the US Fish and Wildlife Service have lifted a ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia and they have also published new guidelines which tells us that lions shot in these two African countries will also be eligible to be imported into America to be stuffed as trophies to adorn the homes of the hunters who shot them. More backward steps by Trump.

Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion in open land with good visibility. He was killed by an American trophy hunter. Photo in public domain.
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The Trump administration is encouraging notorious sport hunters such as the infamous dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer, to travel to Africa to shoot the magnificent lion which is already suffering a rapid depletion in population numbers on that continent for various reasons including habitat loss. We know how corrupt Zimbabwe is so no doubt there will be little protection for lions and elephants even if they are in national parks where they are meant to be protected.

The Trump administration is peeling away the Obama legacy and it seems that they are doing it subtly. They announced the lifting of the elephant ban at the African Wildlife Consultative Forum. This is a pro-hunting event held in Tanzania. The event is cohosted by the Safari Club International which is a major and powerful American sport hunting association which lobbies against hunting restrictions.

Of course they will justify the lifting of these bans. For example Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said that the Trump administration had backed sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting.

The world is trying to stop the decline in population numbers of lions and elephants in Africa and yet here we have Trump promoting trophy hunting of these iconic species. It is just another backward step by the Trump administration. Withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord is another. It’s dinosaur thinking.

The president of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, says that it is a farce that Zimbabwe is now considered to be a responsible steward for elephants especially when bearing in mind the recent military coup against Robert Mugabe. Apparently he celebrated his birthday in 2015 by feasting upon a baby elephant.

There is a debate, a fierce one between conservationists and hunting groups about whether sport hunting of iconic species improves the conservation of the species. I, for one, cannot see how it can improve their chance of survival and I think it is accepted actually that in Africa there is a clear and sharp downward trajectory in population numbers of wild animals including the iconic species because of huge human population growth on the continent and of course as mentioned people like Pres. Trump reinstating trophy hunting. The concept that trophy hunting improves conservation is that the big bucks for a licence to shoot a lion is fed back into conservation. But you don’t actually believe that do you? That money goes into the pockets of officials to buy mercedes cars, booze and a nice house in a good neighbourhood. It does not go into conservation.

Pres Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, is known to his friends as the “Fifth Avenue Redneck”. He loves hunting and he estimates that he has killed 15 or 16 species in Africa. I wonder whether his son had any influence over his father on lifting the trophy hunting ban. It is a farce.

Source: The Guardian.com

6 thoughts on “Trump administration promotes trophy hunting in Africa including lions”

  1. Nothing Trump does would surprise me. But really, as long as he doesn’t start a war and nukes someone, we should be happy. Now I am going back to watching movies about volcano eruptions, it’s far less scary than watching news these days.

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  2. Drumph doesn’t know what good manners, common sense or decency are. He has gotten away with anything and everything he has wanted. I understand we Americans are tired of funding the runaway Congress for whatever their idiotic hearts desire without considering the people they are SUPPOSED to be helping. Their salaries and perks would feed a good sized city for years. We need to have term limits as this congress and the several previous have shown us they have NO conscience! I have disagreed strongly with the previous presidents starting with Johnson! I think we need another Tea Party, only instead of tea, lets pitch the entire government into the pool, and start again. Sorry for the tirade, but I am sick and tired of the 1% ruling the 99% with no thought for the damage they are causing.

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    • Talking about tea party: how much exactly have Trump and his entire family cost us so far? Why should we pay for his staying in his own resorts or protection of his extended family? They’ve already spent more than some of the programs their budget is supposed to cut. I had thought that the original Tea Party happened because the US didn’t want to pay taxes to a king. So who do we have in the White House – a president or a new Louis XIV, the Sun King? Trump sure follows the same motto “after us, the flood”.
      Oh, and incidentally, given as I live in NY, I am going to be paying more in taxes if his tax reform passes. My county voted 70% against him, so maybe it’s his revenge…

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  3. I am appalled that Trump would promote trophy hunting, but I am not surprised. His sons, with their evil grins, have disgraced too many pictures with their murdered animals. It feels shameful that he ever was elected as President. He seems to have very few morals. I am not proud to say that he is President of the United States. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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  4. Yeah I knew about his sons being trophy hunter/killers. The whole family with the exception of Melania perhaps are complete a$$holes. Drumpf (his original family name) is just an incredibly abusive and ignorant troll who’s only achievement in office has been to undo anything done before he got there. What a pile of scat he is.

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