Ricky Gervais has led the condemnation of Donald Trump after the President’s administration lifted a ban on elephant trophies being imported into the US from two African countries.
Taking to social media, The Office creator slammed the decision: “The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama’s ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It’s savage and pointless. It breaks my heart.”
Seth MacFarlane echoed those sentiments in a tweet, writing: “You really have to be a special kind of human garbage to lift a ban on elephant trophy hunting.”
“It’s criminal to roll back the elephant trophy import ban when they need our protection,” actress Susan Sarandon said on Twitter while Russell Crowe’s response was similarly to the point, with the Aussie actor writing “Dear people with no soul, stop shooting Elephants.”
X-Men and Predator star Olivia Munn also criticized the move.
“Trump has decided killing elephants is ok,” she said, on Twitter. “Elephants are kind, intelligent and devoted to their families. Lifting the ban only puts them in further danger. Trophy hunting of any kind should not be allowed and does not aid in conservation. Leave the elephants alone.”
Arguably the strongest response was reserved for John Cusack though.
“The thought that stupid rich punks like trump boys can go to mother Africa and kill elephants is rules of the game style hypocrisy and horror,” the Con Air star wrote.
“Why not do the most horrible thing just to stick it to the black president – Shameless sick – soulless Impeach #25thAmemdmentNow”
Former President Barack Obama had previously banned the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia from entering the US but the Trump administration scrapped the ban, arguing that the move would actually help conservation efforts.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told NBC the agency “determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”
“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.”
This comes despite the fact African elephants are currently listed as “threatened” under the terms set out in the US Endangered Species Act. Poaching has seen the elephant population decline by an astonishing 110,000 in the last decade.
If you hate big game hunters as much as we do at loaded, why not check out this rundown of five big-game hunters who ended up suffering grizzly fates during their pursuits of endangered animals.
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