Approval of lion trophy reignites trophy hunting debate


A lion trophy from Tanzania has been approved for import to the US, the first such case since lions began receiving protections in January 2016 as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. [WTVR]

It is “unethical to waste any part of the hunt” or to leave behind any part, he said. Jackson said his client paid $100,000 for the 21-day safari. The documents show Atkinson initially submitted his application in November 2016 for the importation of a sport-hunted trophy between July 11 and August 8 of this year. [WTVR]

The Trump administration is preparing to approve the importation of other species — such as elephants — from Tanzania. [WTVR]

The Trump administration had previously signaled an openness to allowing some big game trophy imports on a “case-by-case” basis… The decision to allow some imports came after public backlash to the rollback of Obama-era restrictions on importing trophies of elephants and lions from some African countries by the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service. [WTVR]

The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement that it is “making findings for trophy imports on an application-by-application basis.” [WTVR]

“Legal, well-regulated 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 statement read. “In response to a D.C. Circuit Court opinion, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has revised its procedure for assessing applications to import certain hunted species. We have withdrawn our countrywide enhancement findings for a range of species across several countries. In their place, the Service is making findings for trophy imports on an application-by-application basis.” [WTVR]

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