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US suspends import of elephant trophies

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Excellent news out of the US last Friday as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the suspension on imports of ‘sport-hunted’ African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania sighting questionable management practises, weak governance, and lack of law enforcement in those countries. Unfortunately, they did not include Namibia or South Africa which is rather surprising given the dramatic escalation of elephant and rhino poaching in the last 2 years, particularly in South Africa.

The suspension only applies to 2014 and will be re-evaluated next year, but at the very least, it is a start.

See their press release here

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