Shut Down the Council Helping Rich Americans Kill Animals Overseas

  • par: Anna B
  • destinataire: President Donald Trump
Last month, in an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the Obama Era elephant import ban that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke tried to reverse last November. In the interview, Trump told Mr. Morgan that he thought the attempted reversal was "terrible" and that he didn't believe at all that the money was going towards conservation, but rather to corrupt governments that would pocket all the money.

"I didn't want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back into this [country] and people can talk all they want about preservation…"

While animal lovers are thrilled that the ban will stay in place, Zinke is still hard at work trying to pull a fast one on the American public. In the same month that Mr. Zinke announced the elephant import ban reversal, his department also revealed that they intended to create an International Wildlife Conservation Council ( IWCC). The name is a misnomer. In fact, the IWCC has nothing to do with conservation. Instead, it will promote the slaughter of animals overseas while hiding it under the guise of saving animals.

But didn't Trump just say he didn't believe in conservation through hunting?

There are hundreds of other hunted species besides elephants that need protection. But by using US tax dollars to promote vanity hunting trips for America's one percent to kill rare and endangered animals, we are doing the exact opposite.

If Trump doesn't believe in conservation through hunting, he should immediately terminate the IWCC and end America's overt support for overseas big game hunting.

Ask Trump to stick to his word and send Zinke's IWCC packing. Sign the petition and let's keep some of the world's most endangered animals out of the firing line.
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