Trump government loosens restrictions on lion hunting, issues dozens of lion trophy permits to hunters | GBRI


According to documents obtained by conservation group Friends of Animals through a Freedom of Information Act request, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued more than three dozen permits to hunters, allowing them to import lion trophies from two African nations since 2016.

The news comes just months after the Trump administration quietly began allowing more trophy hunting imports of lion and elephant parts from several African nations.

The documents provide insight into the often secretive permitting process to import threatened or endangered species killed abroad during luxury hunting trips. Thirty-three Americans were issued permits to import 38 lion trophies between 2016 and 2018, at least half of whom have donated to Republican lawmakers or are affiliated with the hunting lobby Safari Club International.

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