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AmericanWolf November 17th, 2017 6:02pm

Just sharing some additional information on why Trump's decision to lift import bans on trophies from elephant hunting actually makes sense. It's counter-intuitive, but trophy hunting can actually help endangered animals. Check link and comments.

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Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
11/17/17 6:30 pm

Bad decision. Just like “Trickle Down Economics” “Trickle Down Environmentalism” is a farce. Under Trump, the wealthy have never had it so good.

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Carolynn new jersey
11/17/17 4:52 pm

This may be an emotional response, but I believe there is something wrong with killing animals for fun. I just don't get it. Not that I want to outlaw hunting or anything like that. I do liken this kind of activity to kids abusing small animals and using dogs/cats for target practice.

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shygal47 Florida east coast
11/17/17 1:21 pm

The poachers are the bad guys - and they aren’t going to pay a fee ... and neither would Trump, he’d pass the cost on for someone else to pay.
Rich people don’t pay for things - they are paid so the businesses can get free publicity when rich-guy is seen.
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mudkip17 United States of Texas
11/17/17 11:19 am

not if those trophies are from poachers as most are which is why countries all over the world are baking big game animal parts from being imported

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iceberg124
11/17/17 11:47 am

With $ from expensive permits to hunt there will be more $ to stop poachers

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/17/17 1:23 pm

Don’t be an idiot, Bert.

iceberg124
11/17/17 2:39 pm

I'm a conversationalist who doesn't fall for short sighted emotional arguments, you don't be an idiot

lj74
11/17/17 11:11 am

Culling the herd as long as it’s controlled

AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
11/17/17 11:11 am

Note that there are several other important points to be made about the specific elements of the decision, like that it only addresses Zambia and Zimbabwe and only lasts for a designated period of time. The important criticism folks in the media have been making, though, is the administration's claim that enabling legal trophy hunting actually helps the animals being hunted, which is true in many circumstances.

In summary, legal trophy hunting allows a source of revenue to go to the local communities in developing countries where illegal hunting usually keeps money from them. This allows management of the wild animal population which can be a threat to their livestock or agriculture. It also allows greater funding for the maintenance of reserve land and a means for protecting other members of the species. Most importantly, it gives a significant incentive to conserve the populations of these animals that developing countries wouldn't naturally prioritize.

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AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
11/17/17 11:15 am

Also, the effects of this ban in particular, as instated by the Obama administration, mostly meant wasted time and money on trying to control smuggling that didn't actually change the number of elephants being killed. In fact, it may have increased the amount of illegal hunting as more elephants had to be killed in order to meet demand for trophies when some products were being destroyed or confiscated in the process.

Here are some links.

www.reuters.com/article/us-film-trophy/conservation-by-killing-documentary-asks-if-commerce-can-save-threatened-species-idUSKBN1DF1WG

news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151715-conservation-trophy-hunting-elephants-tusks-poaching-zimbabwe-namibia/

www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34116488