Trump Administration Reverses Ban On Importing ‘Trophies’ Of Elephants Killed In Africa — & Claims Doing So Will Help Preserve The Species

Donald Trump is making Africa great again… for rich American hunters.

The president is reversing the Obama administration ban on bringing the heads of elephants killed in two African countries back into the United States.

If that’s not infuriating enough, the administration is claiming allowing imports of parts of elephants (called trophies) will actually save the species. Why? Because locals will apparently become more incentivized to conserve the animals.

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So, if elephants go extinct, we know to blame the careless people of Africa and NOT those who hunted the elephants down.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it determined that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will “enhance the survival of the species,” adding in a statement:

“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.”

The decision, which will allow the imports of elephants slain between Jan. 21, 2016 and the end of 2018, is a reversal of a wildlife preservation policy under the Obama administration.

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The U.S. and international officials say the African elephant is a threatened species, and the Obama administration argued that allowing trophy imports would threaten the species by encouraging the poaching of them.

The Trump administration, on the idiotic hand, says killing more elephants will actually help the species’ survival — and gun rights groups can’t help but agree!

The National Rifle Association praised the elephant trophy decision, noting in a statement that hunting down the species was good for the species:

“By lifting the import ban on elephant trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia the Trump Administration underscored, once again, the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide.”

Needless to say, animal rights groups were fired up over the decision. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the U.S., wrote in a blog post:

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”

Pacelle argued the decision solely benefits rich American hunters while leaving Africans poor and unable to hunt for themselves, adding:

“What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive cannot kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it’s just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?”

Sounds in line with the rest of POTUS’s agenda.

The reversal is part of an effort by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who oversees the FWS, to promote hunting. So grab your rifle, Donald Trump Jr. — Christmas came early this year!

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WNBA Star Attacked My Crotch … Claims Ex-BF

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rookie Jantel Lavender — the #5 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft — allegedly kneed her ex-BF in the junk so hard, his groin area was “throbbing from the pain” … this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

According to court papers filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Lavender’s ex Adam Ashley obtained a temporary restraining order against the 6’4″ athlete two weeks ago … claiming he’s been “in hiding” ever since a July 5 altercation where Lavender allegedly grabbed a knife and threatened to kill him.

In the docs, Ashley also says Lavender “grabbed my head and slammed it into the wall. She grabbed my neck and was choking me.”

Ashley claims it wasn’t the first time Lavender got violent with him — alleging she also tried to choke him during a fight in June.  During that altercation, Ashley claims, “While I was grabbing for her hands she kneed me in the growing [SIC] area. My private area was throbbing from the pain.”

Jantel has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Ashley until the next court hearing.

After the judge granted the restraining order against Jantel — she filed a request for a restraining order of her own against Adam … claiming he attempted to punch her during a recent screaming match at her home.

The two are set to meet in court on August 30.

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World-Record Powerlifter — Sued for $25,000 Dead Weight

Filed under: Scot Mendelson, TMZ Sports, Celebrity Justice

He holds the record for a 715-pound bench press, but badass powerlifter Scot Mendelson hasn’t been pulling his own weight — at least according to his landlord, who claims Scot owes him over $25,000.

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According to the lawsuit, filed recently in L.A. County Superior Court, Scot rented out space for a gym in L.A. last year — called Xert — but failed to pay portions of the rent from January 2011 to June, including taxes and fees … totaling $25,651.07.

Scot’s landlord claims he gave the muscleman 3 days notice last month — to pay up or get the hell out — but Scot hasn’t budged … and STILL owes the full sum.

Now, the landlord claims Scot’s unlawfully squatting on the property — and he wants him to pay the piper, stat … plus $325 for each day Scot continues to occupy the property.

0707_scott_mendelson_launchScot had no comment.

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Celeb Settles Herpes Lawsuit for Millions

Filed under: Celebrity Justice, Keith Davidson

The A-list celebrity “of substantial fame internationally” who allegedly gave a Las Vegas visitor herpes has settled the case for just over $5 million … sources connected with the case tell TMZ.

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We broke the story … the plaintiff in the case claims the celeb — a male who is referred to as John Doe in the lawsuit — allegedly lured him/her to a hotel room and gave assurance he was STD free.

Lindsay Lohan: Im The Victim!!!

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Lindsay Lohan claims the Betty Ford staffer who now claims she’s the victim of battery was so abusive she made Lindsay cry. Lindsay is squarely disputing the story chemical dependency technician Dawn Holland told TMZ … that Lindsay attacked her and…

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Michael Lohan — Scarface

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TMZ has obtained photos of Michael Lohan ‘s slash wounds on his neck and arm — which he claims he suffered during an attack outside of his Santa Monica home late last night. Michael claims his attacker used a “sharp object” to slice through his flesh.…

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X17 EXCLUSIVE – David Beckham Smiles As He Spends The Day With His Boys

David Beckham Brookyln Beckham Romeo Beckham Cruz Beckham sons family shopping baseball cap jeans t shirt sneakers David Beckham Brookyln Beckham Romeo Beckham Cruz Beckham sons family shopping baseball cap jeans t shirt sneakers David Beckham always seems happiest when he’s with his sons, and it’s no wonder he sported a mega-watt smile this afternoon as he took Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz shopping in Beverly Hills.

Beckham, wearing a “Crusaders of Hopelessness” tee is hoping to put the current cheating allegations behind him.

Irma Nici, the call girl who claims to have had a torrid affair with David Beckham, is now counter-suing the soccer star after claiming “goons” hired by Beckham to serve her legal documents caused her phsycial and emotional distress.

And even though mistress number two, Shery Shabani, denies having had an affair with David, her husband now claims he’s got proof in the form of e-mails and texts!

With all that going on, it must have been good for Becks to get some time with the boys. But where’s Victoria to help put up a united family front?

Think she's pissed?