Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

A US Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said the move would allow the two African countries to include US sport hunting as part of their management plans for the elephants and allow them to put "much-needed revenue back into conservation".

Animal rights groups blasted the decision. California Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the "wrong move at the wrong time".

Last night, Trump announced that he would hold up the change in policy until it has been reviewed. Zinke said in a statement later Friday that "the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed".

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Trump administration had chose to lift an Obama-era ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from Africa.

Public outrage against the administration's original decision to overturn the Obama ban was not limited to the US.

The world's largest land mammal the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species
The world's largest land mammal the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1979

He says sport hunting of the endangered species is "shameful" and calls for a permanent ban.

Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped. Proponents of Trump's decision to lift the ban said it would actually help conservation efforts. "Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures".

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter turned to Instagram Stories on Friday evening (Nov. 17) to share an infamous photo of President Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr., standing over an elephant he has killed and holding up its severed tail, smiling into the camera with a knife in his other hand.

The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1979.

Trump tweeted late Friday that he was reversing course for the time being.

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