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After outcry, White House hedges on decision to allow elephant trophy imports

(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it had not yet finalized a decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring the endangered animals home as trophies, a move that had outraged U.S. conservation groups.


The planned move, disclosed this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had triggered protests from conservation groups and a frenzy on social media. Opponents posted pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who are avid hunters, posing with the cut-off tail of a slain elephant and other dead wild animals on Twitter.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-elephants/white-house-says-elephant-trophy-decision-not-yet-finalized-idUSKBN1DG2OE

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