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July 24, 2014

Suspension Upheld for the Import of Zimbabwe Elephant Trophies

The HSUS and HSI applaud decision

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to uphold the current suspension of the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. The service found that killing an elephant for sport-hunted trophies, to be imported into the U.S., would not enhance the survival of the species in the wild. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States responded to the decision:

“Given the crisis situation African elephants are facing, with tens of thousands of elephants slaughtered each year for their ivory, this is good news. Hunting these majestic animals in a head-hunting exercise does not enhance their survival and the suspension should be broadened to include all African countries that permit elephant hunting.”

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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