Mar 15, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump's wildlife protection board stacked with trophy hunters

President Donald Trump. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The advisory board President Trump created to help revise federal regulations for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is loaded with active trophy hunters, the Associated Press reports.

One key detail: The AP reviewed the backgrounds and social media posts made by the 16 board members appointed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The members indicated "they will agree with his position that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging wealthy Americans to shoot some of them."

Why it matters: AP's review comes weeks after the Trump administration rollbacked Obama-era restrictions that ban such imports. It now plans to grant and deny permits for importing trophies of elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia on a case by case basis. Trump in January called plans to reverse Obama's ban "terrible."

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