A note from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA regarding the U.S. government’s recent decision concerning elephants:
As you may know, the U.S. government has quietly lifted its ban on the import of elephant-hunt trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials first moved to lift the ban in November of last year, until a huge global outcry led to a temporary hold. This new policy supersedes that decision, making it legal for Americans to bring body parts from elephants killed for sport back to the United States. Hunters can now receive permits for trophy items on a “case-by-case basis.”
As champions of African elephants — which have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 1979 — the DSWT is extremely disappointed and disheartened by this decision. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we #BeKindToElephants. Here are five ways to take civil yet significant action:
Contact your local representative and urge them to initiate a local ban in your state to halt the import of elephant-hunt trophies. Find your local elected official(s).
Contact the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, and share why you are against the ban. Secretary Zinke is understood to be a strong game hunter proponent — but it is still important to show that you, as a U.S. citizen, do not support the proposed changes. Download a template letter.
Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and explain why reversing the ban is detrimental to elephants. Download a template letter.
Share why trophy hunting is damaging to conservation efforts. Read this informative paper [click orange “Download This Paper” button for the full paper].
Put pressure on commercial airlines and package delivery companies to create and/or strictly enforce policies against transporting elephant trophies into the US.
We saw the power of our collective efforts last November — and we must continue to champion this threatened species and help secure their futures. Thank you for helping to be a voice for elephants and their future.