After announcing just this last Thursday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would begin to allow the import of big game trophies (include Elephants), President Donald J. Trump announced over the weekend that he’s pausing the decision so that he can review all the facts before making the call.
Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017
Since his original announce to begin allowing it Thursday, he’s sparked a firestorm from both sides of the aisle.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated their reason for lifting the ban was to help promote conservation. African Elephants are on the endangered species list, but experts supposedly came on the conclusion that the massive expenses associated with controlled big game hunting would actually help these creatures “by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.”
But this decision was nearly universally condemned. Environmental groups and animal rights activists, as well as several prominent Trump supporters view the targeting of large slow moving elephants as cruel and inhumane.
Many people, who are on Trump’s side political, took to Twitter to show their support for pausing the ban.
Your Guidance Daily Inspires Us Trainriders Sir! We’re at your Service and Awaiting Orders! SemperFi
— Robert McCarthy (@Corp125Vet) November 18, 2017
I'm happy he is rethinking the trophies. I think trophy hunting is not good at all
— shane wolfe (@Rantingwolfe) November 18, 2017
Thanks for all you are doing to #MAGA. You are doing a great job. You are appreciated. ????
— Jali_Cat (@Jali_Cat) November 18, 2017
Please keep this ban on big game trophies in place. I believe you will President Trump! Thank you for all that you do!!! MAGA!!!
— Woody Elliott (@Woodyellio) November 18, 2017
Why the issue wasn’t reviewed before ever lifting the bans may remain a mystery, but I think it’s a better than fair bet to say in big part it was one area where Trump could overturn something put in place by his predecessor, former President Obama, with relative ease.
And while I’m apt to believe that anything Obama did needs to be overturned as swiftly and completely as possible, this is one of those issues that doesn’t need to be dabbled with, simply out of spite.