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It was the influence of panels like this one that led to the President reversing himself to allow big game trophies to be imported into the U.S.– the Interior Department under direction from the President at one point decided to continue the Obama Administration’s moratorium on bringing tusks and other elephant parts back home but under pressure the President relented.
Why This Matters:The “logic” behind this council was always twisted and cruel to the very animals it purported to protect. It was promoting hunting overseas because they claimed that legal hunts are “an effective tool to combat illegal trafficking and poaching” since permit fees for such hunts are used to help fund crucial habitat conservation and anti-poaching efforts in poorer countries. Of course, the council was chock full of Trump donors — people like Peter Lewis Horn II, Chris Hudson, Mike Ingram and Keith Mark who helped put on the “Camouflage & Cufflinks” Inaugural party on Trump’s Inauguration Day. How swampy. Good riddance. But the damage is done — and the U.S. government’s leadership role in fighting wildlife trafficking has been seriously undermined.
Lawsuit Paid Off
Numerous environmental and animal-welfare groups sued former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the department for allegedly stacking the panel with pro-hunting advocates, many close pals of President Trump and his sons, who are known to be huge hunting advocates and big game hunters themselves. The Advisory Committee Act, under which such committees are chartered, requires that such panels must be ideologically balanced and serve some sort of public interest. The environmental groups were able to successfully argue in court that the Trump administration’s wildlife council failed both tests.
We just love a tsunami with a happy ending! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on St. Simons Island had been rehabilitating Tsunami, an endangered green sea turtle that was hit by a boat in 2017, for years with the hope of setting her free in the ocean. But her injuries were too severe to survive […]
By Will Gartshore, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s an old aphorism that still rings painfully true today. Long before Covid-19, the three deadliest pandemics in human history—the bubonic plague, Spanish influenza and HIV/AIDS—claimed more lives than all the […]
We know the permafrost in the Arctic is melting fast, but a new study finds that one of the reasons for its rapid decline may be that beavers are actually damming it up — literally. CNN reports that using satellite images scientists have observed that beavers are building dams way farther north than previously observed. […]
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