Big Game Hunters Rejoice, President Trump Shredded Regs on Lion Trophies
The Trump Administration recently rolled back protections for African Lions, releasing new guidelines that allow hunters to bring trophies from animals killed in parts of Africa into the US, according to updated rules released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wildlife officials began issuing permits for Lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia sometime last month, pointing to a new page on the FWS website that details the regulations and calls hunting a “conservation tool.”
Trophies from wild and wild-managed Lions from South Africa are also acceptable under the import rules, and hunts from Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania are under review.
The news comes the same week the White House came under fire over its plans to lift a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, a decision that was announced not by a federal agency but via a news release from a trophy hunting advocacy group, Safari Club International.
Allowing hunters to import Elephant and Lion trophies is a direct rollback of 2 more Hussein Obama Era regulations meant to protect the species.
In Y 2014, the Hussein Obama White House banned Elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe, citing a lack of data on conservation efforts.
And in Y 2016 Lions were officially listed under the US Endangered Species Act, and tighter restrictions were placed on the imports of hunting trophies.
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