In a decision we hail as a great victory for all who love elephants, President Trump has stopped the importation to the United States of the body parts from dead elephants killed by hunters in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
“My sons love hunting. I don’t,” he wrote on Twitter in 2012.
According to Reuters, “U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates across social media.
“Trump’s reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration.
“‘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!’ Trump wrote in a tweet.
“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that he had spoken with Trump and ‘both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical.’ He said the ‘issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.’
Now, this is how we can parlay the president’s decision into what may become a greater and permanent victory:
Whether you love or strongly dislike the president, your response of gratitude will increase the likelihood of his decision of reversal becoming permanent. So, call your congressional representatives and, although you may disagree with everything the president says or does, ask them to thank the president for this decision on your behalf.
A short, polite phone call is more effective than an email, fax or letter. So please call today by finding you congressional representatives here and dialing.
The elephants will thank you!