Trump Will Now Consider Elephant Trophy Imports on ‘Case-By-Case Basis’

The Trump administration will now consider all permits for importing the remains of elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia on a “case-by-case basis,” The Hill reported.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), overseen by Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke, issued a memorandum dated March 1 saying it will withdraw its Endangered Species Act (ESA) findings for trophies of elephants from the two African nations “effective immediately.”

“The findings are no longer effective for making individual permit determinations for imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies,” the memo states.
FWS will now “grant or deny permits to import a sport-hunted trophy on a case-by-case basis.”

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