You mean the Obama Administration cut a few corners in order to enact a policy that’s actually harmful to an endangered species? Say it ain’t so! . . . Court faults Obama administration for elephant hunting policy
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Obama administration did not follow the right procedures when it banned importing elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should have gone through an extensive process of proposing a regulation, inviting public comment and making the regulation final when it made determinations in 2014 and 2015 that elephant trophies cannot be brought into the country.
But President Obama had a phone and a pen. What else does a chief executive need to get things done?
The decision could complicate the ongoing deliberations within the Trump administration over whether to undo Obama’s ban on bringing body parts, such as heads, from hunted Zimbabwe elephants into the country.
FWS reversed the ban last month, inviting significant pushback from numerous corners, including animal rights activists, lawmakers and commentators from both parties.
The NRA and the Safari Club sued over the slap-dash process the previous administration followed to get the ban in place. Never mind that legal hunting of elephants and other creatures can cull herds of older animals and pay for the preservation and propagation of the species as a whole.
President Trump jumped in amid the backlash to put the decision on hold. Neither he nor his administration has made any announcement on the matter since then.
Since the three-judge appeals court panel ruled Friday that Obama’s ban should have gone through the rulemaking process, any attempt to repeal the ban would likely have to go through a similar process.
That’s what’s apparently known as regulatory logic. So nothing’s likely to change any time soon.