Trump Is Lifting a Ban on Elephant Trophies Because His Sons Love Hunting Them

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Nearly every day, President Trump does something that people who didn’t vote for him find infuriating. Sometimes it’s hiring someone who has never presided over a court case to a federal judgeship. Sometimes it’s picking fights with other country’s leaders in a Twitter war.

But this time, Trump has gone far enough to infuriate both conservatives and liberals. He’s coming for the elephants, and his motivations for doing so will probably infuriate you.

Elephants have the largest brain of any land animal and three times as many neurons as humans. They can identify languages. They hold funerals for their dead. And yet, some people find fun in hunting them.

Back in 2014, President Obama enacted an elephant trophy hunting ban. Now, Trump has decided to reverse that ban.

However, there’s a special provision in the act that allows for trophies of endangered animals to be imported if there is evidence that hunting the animal benefits conservation. When Trump rolls back Obama’s ban, this loophole will allow trophy hunters to import elephant trophies. But why is Trump doing this? Is it just because he hates Obama?

As it turns out, Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. really like trophy hunting. Coincidence? Probably definitely not.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was quoted saying, “My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the Second Amendment. But my sons are hunters, Eric is a hunter and I would say he puts it on par with golf, if not ahead of golf. My other son, Don, is a hunter. They’re great marksmen, great shots, they love it.” As you could probably guess, Twitter is outraged by the Donald’s decision.

It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on. We can all agree that there’s no place for elephant hunting trophies in the U.S., right?

We’re better than this, people. We should really be trying to create a world in which we deserve to have creatures as amazing as elephants. Not chopping off their tails and hanging them in our homes.