Fish and Wildlife Allows Elephant Trophy Imports

Sweet baby Jesus I hate this government. I can’t remember wanting to vote more than I do in this day and age. Even when I turned 18 and I wanted to vote and did, I was like, yeah it’s cool I did my civic duty. Now I feel more like life or death. I really hope that turns out not to be the case. Gave myself the shivers there.

Elephant Trophies.

In November 2017, just one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service announced it had lifted the ban, Trump said he had put that move “on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.” Two days later, he tweeted (because that’s how all things Presidential happen in this era) that he “will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”

Well no shit.

On March 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that in place of the Obama-era blanket ban, the agency will consider importation permits “on a case-by-case basis.” They also didn’t say what guidelines will be used to determine which cases are let in and which are kept out (but I’m guessing it has to do with whether or not you’ve made a business deal with SCROTUS about anything ever).

So if Obama put an all-out ban, and SCROTUS is saying hell no, why is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service trying to subvert his royal hairness and how are they getting away with it?

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Obama administration had acted improperly in implementing its ban. That ruling, which addressed a lawsuit brought by Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association, found that the administration did not sufficiently observe the rules around creating a new regulation. Anyone else SHOCKED to see the NRA had something to do with this? *eye roll* Yeah, I didn’t think so.

But to spread the infection of nastiness, the Fish and Wildlife people also through SCROTUS’s “no longer endangered species” bullshit move back in his face:

They “are no longer effective for making individual permit determinations for imports of those sport-hunted ESA-listed species,” the memo said — including not only elephants from a number of African countries but also lions and bonteboks from South Africa.

As an aside, this guy must be golfing with the anti-christ:

As The Associated Press reports, [Secretary of the Interior Ryan] Zinke has long held a position apparently at odds with the one expressed in January by Trump, arguing that hunting promotes wildlife conservation. In fact, he had the arcade game Big Buck Hunter installed in the employee cafeteria to help support his point.

“Get excited for #hunting season!” Zinke tweeted last September.

So you fuck the golden ass that feeds you and you want animals to die? You think Trump is gonna be down for this level of insubordination? You’re a special kind of evil, aren’t you?

By the way, Fish and Wildlife people- SCROTUS has fired better people for less offenses. I’d watch my back if I were you. I feel an axe coming.



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