"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on a minutes longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe
In a move that was seen as a direct hit to big game trophy hunters, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintained the suspension of elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
The news comes not a moment too soon — African elephants are being slaughtered at a rate of between 35,000 and 50,000 per year across the continent, and trophy hunting isn’t helping the problem. It was recently reported by Born Free USA that Zimbabwe is a hotspot for the illegal elephant ivory trade and that there are disturbing ties between the wildlife trade and political corruption in the country.
Safari Club International has released a report, “A Stampede of Hypocrisy,” that attempts to serve as an exposé accusing animal rights activists of stealing financial donations that were intended for elephants. While SCI may be correct in its claims against the organizations it mentions, it is a rather weak attempt at discrediting those who oppose SCI’s methods of conservation and as we will see, their partners are not without their forms of corruption and mismanagement. The impetus for their attack stems from the USFWS’s temporary ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
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Nine hunting permits have been sold to foreign hunters for an undisclosed amount of money, granting them permission to kill struggling desert elephants. These animals are already endangered, and the government should not be issuing such licenses to anyone. Sign the petition to save these elephants.
I signed the petition. It’s reasonable and well-written. I thought there were 150 desert elephants left, not 100? It doesn’t matter, I suppose, when the numbers are that low.