"Compassion, social intelligence, decisiveness, patience, wisdom. These are all qualities found in elephants," DeGeneres tweeted.
In one of the most shocking and confounding examples of Pres. Trump's many reversals of efforts enacted by the Obama White House, the administration announced this week that it plans to allow American big game hunters to bring trophies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S. The move turns back a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014 to protect elephants, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
A provision of the Act allows governments to give permits to import such trophies if evidence exists that the slaughter of the animals benefits the conservation of that species, an argument a Trump administration official made citing new information from officials in the two African nations, according to ABC News. The move comes amid news that the population of Savanna elephants declined by 30 percent across 18 African countries from 2007-2014, with the Great Elephant Census putting the remaining numbers at just over 350,000.