U.S. Fish and Wildlife service approves import of “trophy hunted” lion
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed a hunter to import a lion “trophy hunt” from Tanzania.
The Florida hunter first submitted an application to import the lion’s skin, skull, claws and teeth in 2016 and it has now been approved.
It is the first time this has been allowed since January 2016, when the lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity said:
“This is tragic news for lion conservation, and it suggests that the Trump administration may soon open the floodgates to trophy imports from Tanzania.
“Opening the U.S. market to these imports doesn’t bode well for the lion kings of Tanzania.”