Conservationists were caught unaware when the Wildlife Service and United States Fish made an announcement that they would allow the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The two bodies issued a 39-page report explaining why they had rescinded the decision to ban the trophies. The report said that the two countries had experienced some progress that allowed them to create a good management plan. In fact, the plan was proving successful in protecting over 100,000 elephants in the two countries. The two agencies further argued that the hunting revenue would be reinvested back to the conservation process. This is a decision that was welcomed by a number of pro-hunting groups. These groups include the likes of the Safari Club International and National Rifle Association.
However, the decision didn’t go well with animal-rights advocates. However, the decision was delayed by President Trump through a tweet. He said that the decision had been halted until he reviewed all facts involved. 24 hours after halting the decision, President Trump called trophy hunting a horror show. He further said that he was not sure whether the decision would be effective in conservation efforts. In African countries, it remains unclear whether revenue collected from big-game hunting can be used to fund the conservative efforts of endangered species. While it has helped triple the populations of wildlife in countries such as Zimbabwe and Namibia, the process has resulted in widespread corruption in countries like Tanzania. It has also led to the decline in the population of endangered species. A few months ago, a Zimbabwean lion known as Cecil was killed by an American hunter as part of trophy hunting. This didn’t go well with advocacy groups and conservation biologists, and this led to a social media storm that attracted participants from all over the globe. Michael‘t Sas-Rolfes spoke about the issue of hunting.
Mr. Rolfes works as a researcher at Oxford University where he specializes in wildlife trade. He notes that most of the conservationists have been compromised. In fact, he says that they have been bullied into what he referred to as silence. The New York Times reported that these little proceeds had blindfolded poor communities. From the little they get, they are unable to rally against local wildlife hunting. Brian Child works at the University of Florida as an ecologist. He says that the issue is about money. He further says that everything in this life has turned into a money issue.