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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Robert Pattinson: "Water for Elephants" Workday!

Getting to work on a brand new gig, Robert Pattinson was spotted out on the set of his upcoming film “Water For Elephants” in Fillmore, California on Thursday (May 20).

Making for an early morning start, the “Twilight” hunk wore a ballcap over his freshly chopped hairdo while chatting with on-set workers.

The drama “Water for Elephants” is being directed by Francis Lawrence, with co-stars including Reese Witherspoon and Christopher Waltz.

Due out in 2011, the film is about “a veterinary student who abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.”

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Keeping up his image as a true stud, Robert Pattinson posed for a steamy new shoot for the new issue of Details magazine.

While the pictures are interesting enough by themselves, the Edward Cullen hunk didn’t hold back in the interview – talking about everything from his vaginal allergies to elephants.

“I really hate vaginas,” Pattinson dished. “I’m allergic to vagina. But I can’t say I had no idea, because it was a 12-hour shoot, so you kind of get the picture that these women are going to stay naked after, like, five or six hours. But I wasn’t exactly prepared. I had no idea what to say to these girls. Thank God I was hungover.”

Changing subjects to chat about his close encounter with an elephant, R Patz explained, “Did you know elephants purr? It’s completely scary if you don’t know what it is,” he said. “They purr like cats, but their heads are so deep they sound like velociraptors. You feel it in the ground under your feet. So this big female started sniffing my foot—big female elephant, that is. She sniffed it so hard it came up off the pavement like her trunk was a vacuum cleaner. Then she took my entire body in her mouth. I was holding on to her head, and as I slowly let go she tightened her grip really carefully until I’m just upside down in her mouth and she’s going through my pockets with her trunk, looking for peppermints. It was the best day of my life.”

The “Twilight” actor adds, “Yeah. So beautiful you can’t imagine. And the baby elephant was so excited that it sprinted out and did its routine in five seconds and then curtsied to everybody. It was actually laughing. Brilliant. Did you know they can also do imitations of other animals? A horse, a chicken, a monkey—these elephants could, anyway. They were movie elephants. One had written a screenplay, and one really wants to direct.”