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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.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Almost 1,000 of Florida’s manatees have died as of Oct.1 this year, setting a tragic record for the most deaths in a year, with two months left to go. Deaths were largely caused by starvation — the predator-less sea cows typically spend hours a day eating seagrass, but declining […]
Do you have a good eye? Are you surprisingly good at Where’s Waldo and like Walruses? If so, we have great opportunity for you! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking volunteers to help count Atlantic walruses…from space. Sea ice is retreating fast as global temperatures rise, forcing walruses to crowd on smaller floes […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]
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