President Trump’s administration is planning to reverse a ban on importing the remains of endangered elephants, hunted for entertainment, into the United States.
The remains are often referred to by hunters as ‘trophies’, and they come mostly from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The reversal of the ban has upset many people who believe it will encourage hunters to carry on harming elephants, which is already a species under threat of extinction in some places.
What is a ‘trophy’?
Elephant ‘trophies’ are parts of the animal, normally tusks, that hunters keep to show off their hunting skills.
Some are worried that the lifting of this ban will encourage more people to hunt elephants. African elephants have been listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1978.
In 2014, President Obama’s administration banned the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe.