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And yes, by “trophies” of elephants, lions, and bonteboks, we mean severed heads, tusks, and tails — like the one Donald Trump Jr. is holding (above).
But the POTUS actually changed his mind on that after public outcry, calling the practice a “horror show” on Twitter at the time, saying:
Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
That was less than four months ago.
“I changed it. I didn’t want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back into this… That was done by a very high level government person. As soon as I heard about it, I turned it around that same day.”
But last week, in a formal memo quietly disclosed to the public on Friday (when they dump info they don’t want anyone to see), the administration decided to lift the ban after all and decide each trophy on a case-by-case basis.
So either the POTUS has no control over his government or he’s suddenly OK with the horror.
And hey — if, like yesterday’s Donald Trump you think the conservationism argument is bullshit and this is all for the benefit of rich assholes who like to murder animals — you’re right!
This isn’t about conservation. It’s about this:
We all knew that the countries his sons hunt endangered animals in have hundreds of tons of Ivory in storage. Trump would find a way to help them. I’m sure the Trumps are getting a cut. pic.twitter.com/F2AL5Mxic3
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Mark (@bbbtmenw) March 7, 2018
Yes, of course, he did as both his sons are trophy hunters, Donald Trump Jr MURDER Elephants Trophy Hunting Poacher DEPLORABLE ├░┼╕┬ñ┬¼ pic.twitter.com/0xLdTGFzED
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[Image via Ron Sachs/CNP/Matthias Toedt/dpa Zentralbild/ZB/Media Punch.]