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Copyright Connie Kelts 2017
Elephants have their own special magic. While I have never seen one in the wild it is my hope they remain in their natural habitats for generations to come. I suppose this in a way is my form of protesting the current law under consideration that would allow ivory imports to the United States. I understand that a certain amount of commercial hunting if controlled properly can be a benefit to the native populations and boost to local economy’s. However by legalizing the importing of ivory could have a negative side effect, an explosion of the already active poaching of any animal who has the unfortunate fate of being ivory bearing. This is my greatest fear. Please stand up for the Elephants. While the new law is currently on hold please stay current with the issue and let Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke know how you feel about the issue.
Quoted From “NPR” Nov. 16, 2017
Updated on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 p.m. ET
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it had lifted an Obama-era ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. But Friday evening, President Trump seemed to say that decision was being reconsidered, tweeting that he would review “all conservation facts” and issue an update “soon” with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Zinke later issued a statement, saying: “President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.”