"Trump Administration Reverses Promise To Ban Elephant Hunt Trophies"

"The U.S. government will allow hunters to import elephant trophies on a case-by-case basis, breaking the president’s pledge."

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly begun allowing more trophy hunting of African elephants, despite President Donald Trump’s pledge last year to uphold a ban on importing parts of animals killed by big-game hunters.

The agency issued a formal memo Thursday saying it would consider issuing permits to import elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case” basis, effective immediately. The new guidelines, first reported by The Hill, end U.S.  bans on the import of such trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The decision comes nearly four months after Trump stepped in to halt his own administration’s decision to begin allowing hunters to import elephants killed in the two African countries. The president called such trophy hunting a “horror show.” He drew rare accolades from environmentalists at the time, who said they were surprised that Trump would move to uphold environmental protections."

Nick Visser and Chris D’Angelo report for HuffPost March 6, 2018.

Source: HuffPost, 03/06/2018