IFAW STATEMENT ON: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suspends sport-hunted African elephant trophies

09 Apr, 2014, 11:29 ET from International Fund for Animal Welfare

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it would suspend imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said:  "IFAW applauds the U.S. Government's move to suspend the import of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  Killing one of the world's most endangered and admired species just to hang on a wall is simply unacceptable in this day and age.  We encourage the service to make it permanent."

It is estimated that between 25,000 and 50,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year.

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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare