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16:55, 23 November 2017

What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means


What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

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Days soon after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a decision to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia, President Donald Trump has announced he plans to reverse course. (National Geographic)

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What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

Game trophies exhibited by oilman Kerry Krottinger surround him and his wife, Libby, in their Dallas residence. All trophies were obtained legally.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic

Discussion Tips

  • Why does U.S. law limit imports of elephant game trophies?
    • According to Nat Geo, “Because African elephants are listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act, the law requires that import of any elephant or elephant components need to somehow contribute to their conservation in the wild.”
      • “Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned the import of elephant trophies from particular nations since the service identified that the hunts did not contribute to the survival of the species.”
  • Why do critics say elephant hunting does not contribute to elephant conservation?
  • Is there area for compromise among the two sides?
    • Probably. More successful regulation of game hunting may possibly alleviate some issues supplied by hunting critics. Regulation might incorporate neighborhood incentives to reduce poaching, regularly enforced legal accountability, and international oversight of imports and exports of game trophies.

TEACHERS TOOLKIT

Nat Geo:What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Implies

U.S. Fish &amp Wildlife Service:Import of Hunted Elephants

U.S. Fish &amp Wildlife Service:Import of Elephants Hunted in Zimbabwe

U.S. Fish &amp Wildlife Service:Enhancement Discovering for African Elephants Taken as Sport-hunted Trophies in Zambia On or After January 1, 2016 and On or Just before December 31, 2018

Nat Geo:Battle for the Elephants

Nat Geo:Need to We Kill Animals to Save Them?

U.S. Fish &amp Wildlife Service:Hunting Overseas

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:01:23 +0000


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