US President Donald Trump has upheld a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in two African countries, reversing his own administration’s decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that he and Trump came to the decision after they “talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical.”
“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Trump tweeted.
Just hours before, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders had defended the move to end the ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, which was initiated in 2014 under then President Barack Obama.
The postponement came just one day after the US Fish and Wildlife Service indicated that it would reverse the Obama administration ban.
The service said Thursday that…