Ellen DeGeneres, Diplo, Zendaya, Judd Apatow & More Celebs Blast Trump Elephant Trophy Ban Reversal
"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.
The move drew swift outrage and calls for protest from a number of celebrities decrying the move, including Ellen DeGeneres, who vowed to urge her viewers to keep the pressure up to reverse the move, as well as many others, including Diplo, Sara Bareilles, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Nikki Reed, Judd Apatow and Rachel Antonoff. Check out their responses below:
Compassion, social intelligence, decisiveness, patience, wisdom. These are all qualities found in elephants and not found in the people allowing them to be killed for trophies. #NotUs— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 16, 2017
This administration is really out here trying to destroy the world...like wtf? https://t.co/OWgfqK0lVD— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 16, 2017
Unbelievable... heartbreaking https://t.co/bSLBd5IWpQ— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 16, 2017
Another example that Trump is possessed by Satan himself https://t.co/gTlIcZnA0i— diplo (@diplo) November 17, 2017
No longer surprised by the nefarious acts of @realdonaldtrump and his administration but this is truly heartbreaking. Lifting the ban on bringing elephant "trophies" into the US is a massive step backwards in protecting these endangered creatures. There is no “sport” in hunting. pic.twitter.com/13a4ezJP4x— Tony Kanal (@TonyKanal) November 17, 2017
No fucking way. Retweet this please. https://t.co/htiNzxHkoe— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 16, 2017
PLEASE SIGN AND STOP TRUMP’S ELEPHANT SLAUGHTER https://t.co/RhkTBSJFgW— Rachel Antonoff (@rachelantonoff) November 16, 2017
Dear people with no soul ,— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 16, 2017
stop shooting Elephants https://t.co/T0fThLjOWH
Thank you @TheEllenShow for taking time to shed a light on this. I️t should be criminal. Such beautiful creatures and people want to reduce them to a trophy on a wall. #bekindtoelephants https://t.co/DXZep2XmFu— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) November 17, 2017
Don’t me this is so his sons can go kill more animals for fun. Making America worse everyday! Arsehole https://t.co/yh74bnAKJ3— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) November 17, 2017
The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama's ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It's savage and pointless. It breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/iclfxN6TXr— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 16, 2017