UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — In a reversal, the Trump administration said that it will consider the import of big game trophies on a “case-by-case” basis.
In a formal memorandum issued on March 1, the Fish and Wildlife Service said that it it has lifted a ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia, “effective immediately.”
Instead, the agency said it will “grant or deny permits to import a sport-hunted trophy on a case-by-case basis.”
The move comes months after President Trump called elephant hunting “a horror show” and suggested he would keep the Obama-era ban in place.
However, the Interior Department said the agency had no choice but to change its policy after a D.C. Circuit Court ruling in December struck down the ban because the Obama administration did not follow the required steps under the Administrative Procedure Act.