The Trump administration’s move to reverse a band on elephant trophies has sparked strong reactions on social media, including from celebrates invested in preservation.
“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness, they’re excellent at learning abilities — all the things I have yet to see in this president.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Elephants are officially an endangered species
It likely will be overturned. The ban on hunters bringing trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zimbia. A reversed rule set by the Barack Obama administration in 2014.
Elephants are officially an endangered species, but the government of these countries allow hunting if there is evidence it helps conservation of the spices. An U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official said the Trump administration has found new evidence that the emerged to support reversing the ban. Elephant populations have declined 6% in Zimbabwe since 2001, according to the Great Elephant Census study published in 2016.
One stat that is sparking up a lot of outrage on social media on the overturned ban. Ellen DeGeneres spoke out against the move by the administration, starting a #BeKindtoElephants hashtag.
“Basically by lifting this ban, he is encouraging Americans to kill elephants,” Degeneres said. “Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness, they’re excellent at learning abilities — all the things I have yet to see in this president.”
Chelsea Clinton tweeted a link to a Humane Society condemnation for the move, calling the lifting of the band “infuriating”.
Infuriating. Will increase poaching, make communities more vulnerable & hurt conservation efforts: https://t.co/w3BT8tZzgw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 16, 2017
Celebrates Tweet their Reaction
The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama's ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It's savage and pointless. It breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/iclfxN6TXr
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 16, 2017
Dear people with no soul ,
stop shooting Elephants https://t.co/T0fThLjOWH
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 16, 2017
If you met Natalie in person … she would jump right into your heart ! NOT put her head on a wall . pic.twitter.com/te9C6l8Jfc
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) November 17, 2017
The Trump administration has revoked the previously imposed ban on elephant body parts as trophies to enter the U.S. from certain parts of Africa.
Please take 30 seconds to sign. Myself, the elephants, and future generations will SO appreciate it!! https://t.co/TcQ7Yc911n
— Daniella Monet (@DaniellaMonet) November 17, 2017
Trump has decided killing elephants is ok. 💔 Elephants are kind, intelligent and devoted to their families. Lifting the ban only puts them in further danger. Trophy hunting of any kind should not be allowed and does not aid in conservation. Leave the elephants alone. #NotUs pic.twitter.com/ACu4s1jb31
— om (@oliviamunn) November 17, 2017