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Donald Trump reverses his decision to allow import of elephant trophies after public outcry
Elephants are facing extinction and it's not the time to strip them off protection. Trophy hunting drives the slaughter of elephants, increases demand for their body parts, and projects a double standard that makes it harder to tackle ivory poaching.

US President Donald Trump on Friday, had to reverse his decision to repeal the elephant trophy ban after massive public outrage. Trump tweeted on Friday that he shall uphold the ban on importing elephant trophies of elephants killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review.

The US Fish and Wildlife Services under Trump administration on Thursday had decided to end the 2014 ban placed by Trump's predecessor President Obama.

The services had said on Thursday that they would soon start issuing permits for importing 'sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe' between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018.

In March this year, images of President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr posing in front of an elephant's carcass with a knife in one hand and its tail in the other had gone viral over the internet and enraged people. Trump family is known for its passion for hunting.

For a cause and for the sake of global wildlife resources, it is the time to raise your voice. Many international voluntary organizations and wild life societies across the globe are concerned that ivory poaching threatens to wipe out these amazing creatures completely from this planet.

Trump administration says that it will only lift the ban on trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe, countries it says have sustainable, well-managed elephant populations. But the population of elephants in Zambia is just 21,000, down from over 200,000 just 45 years ago, and in Zimbabwe, government officials trap baby elephants to sell them to zoos!

Experts say it's almost impossible to stop poaching when wealthy Americans are shooting elephants for fun. The only way to save elephants from extinction is to stop killing them and reduce the demand for their body parts. African countries also need to deliver a strong rule of laws for the sake of restoring and preserving wildlife across their regions.

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