Celebrities lash out at Trump administration over reversing ban on elephant trophies
The Trump administration's move to reverse a ban on elephant trophies has elicited strong reactions all over social media, including a number of celebrities invested in preservation.
ABC New reports, that the government is likely to overturn a ban on hunters bringing trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S., according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The ban on elephant trophies was put into place by the Obama administration in 2014.
Elephants are officially an endangered species, but the governments of those countries can allow hunting if there is evidence it benefits conservation of the species, according to ABC News.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official said the Trump administration has new evidence that has emerged to support reversing the ban.
Elephant populations have declined six percent in Zimbabwe since 2001, according to the Great Elephant Census study published last year.
"Basically by lifting this ban, he is encouraging Americans to kill elephants," Degeneres said. "Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness, they're excellent at learning abilities -- all the things I have yet to see in this president."
Others that commented were British comedian Ricky Gervais, Oscar winner Russelle Crowe, Chelsea Clinton, and actor Henry Winkler.
Infuriating. Will increase poaching, make communities more vulnerable & hurt conservation efforts: https://t.co/w3BT8tZzgw— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 16, 2017