Back in 2016 the internet momentarily lost its collective mind over the killing of Cecil the lion, and by extension all trophy and big game hunting in Africa. Companies such as Delta Air Lines responded by changing their policies to prohibit using their airliners to bring trophies into the US, and President Obama issued an executive order to stop the importation of some African trophies.
What impact did that have?
To the surprise of virtually no true conservationists, the lack of funding going into the wildlife preserves has caused them to take drastic measures such as slaughtering lions. The feel-good-ism of opposing managed big game hunts means they now don’t have the resources they need to help maintain their existing populations. Hunters (and specifically trophy hunters) provide the funding to keep these places operating. The removal of tagged older animals from herds — specifically elderly elephants who become destructive and would keep the overall population of the herd low — is a necessary part of responsible conservation.
But the anti-gun and anti-hunting crowd doesn’t can’t see beyond the ends of their hoplophobic probiscises (probosci?). And they don’t really give a damn. Killing animals for any reason is inherently evil and they won’t even consider any evidence to the contrary, especially when it doesn’t fit nicely into a five-word sound byte.
President Trump made statements last week indicating that he would be reversing the Obama decision, but he’s now reversed his statements on reversing the decision. So it appears there won’t be any decision by Trump any time soon to un-do yet another Obama era executive order which accomplishes the exact opposite of what it was ostensibly intended (save animals). And, by the way, also negatively impacts gun owners.