Trump delays policy allowing importation of elephant parts

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The Obama Administration had banned imports of ivory tusks and other elephant parts.

The move would overturn a 2014 rule implemented under the Obama administration that banned hunters from bringing the trophy heads of elephants they'd killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

"Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts".

"Under study for years".

The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which advocates for animal rights, applauded the decision to reimpose the ban, but said more needed to be done.

Earlier on Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's original repeal of the ban, saying, "This review established that both Zambia and Zimbabwe had met new standards, strict worldwide conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries".

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In a rare about-face, US President Donald Trump has carried out an abrupt policy U-turn on the importation of big-game animal parts from Zimbabwe after a storm of public outrage.

On Friday, Pacelle said, "Grateful to President Trump for reassessing elephant and lion trophy hunting imports".

US President Donald Trump has reinstated a ban on trophy hunting amid a public uproar.

The African bush elephant is now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision of the law allows for the import of trophies if it can be proved that hunting the animals contributes to conservation efforts. The move comes amid news that the population of Savanna elephants declined by 30 percent across 18 African countries from 2007-2014, with the Great Elephant Census putting the remaining numbers at just over 350,000. The website says the photos were from a 2011 hunt in Zimbabwe.

In addition to noting the continuing population decline among elephants, Royce cited widespread corruption at the highest levels of government in Zimbabwe and the current political turmoil in the country following an apparent military coup earlier in the week.

A growing number of countries, including China, Singapore and the U.S., have banned the trade in ivory.

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