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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What kind of pig slaughters beautiful, endangered animals for sport?

Trump Just Made a Troubling Announcement about Reversing the Elephant “Trophy” Ban

Image result for trump kids huntAfter widespread backlash over his decision to reverse the Obama-era decision to ban the import of elephant “trophies” from Zimbabwe and Zambia into the United States, Trump immediately took to Twitter to qualify his decision.
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  7:47 PM - Nov 17, 2017


EDITOR'S NOTE: I would love to be a fly on the wall to watch Donald Trump "review all conservation facts." His staff are probably going to have to design a comic book version for him.  - W. Collette

On Sunday, Trump again took to Twitter, although with a decidedly less optimistic outlook about deferring back to Obama’s initial ban dating back to 2014.
Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.
Donald J. Trump  6:57 PM - Nov 19, 2017


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, has already confirmed that the ban would indeed help conservation efforts.

Image result for trump kids hunt“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesperson said.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”
Adding to his poor optics is the fact that Trump’s own children are avid hunters, and frequently post photos of them proudly standing over the remains of these majestic animals that they’ve recently slain.

Image result for trump kids huntTrump may try to frame his reality TV-style announcement as the result of some careful consideration, but it is nothing more than another assault on Obama’s legacy and a cover for his kids to continue murdering animals across the planet.


BRIAN TYLER COHEN IS A POLITICAL WRITER, ACTOR, AND COMEDY SKETCH DIRECTOR. HE GRADUATED FROM LEHIGH UNIVERSITY WITH A DUAL DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND BUSINESS. HE CURRENTLY LIVES IN LOS ANGELES. Follow Brian Tyler Cohen on Facebook and Twitter.