Sunday, 22 September 2019

US says man can bring back 'skin, skull, teeth and claws' of hunted Tanzania lion

Environmental organizations say ‘very concerning’ move could open floodgates for importing other endangered species

Maanvi Singh in Oakland

Sun 15 Sep 2019 06.00 BSTLast modified on Mon 16 Sep 2019 19.00 BST

The Trump administration has authorized a Florida man to bring back the “skin, skull, teeth and claws” of a lion he hunted in Tanzania, granting the first permit to import a lion from that country since the species gained protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

Environmental organizations say the move could open the floodgates for importing other endangered species such as lions and rhinos. A freedom of information request made public by the US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) also revealed that the hunter, Carl Atkinson, was represented by lawyer John Jackson III, who is also a member of the Trump administration’s International Wildlife Conservation Council, a controversial advisory board that promotes trophy hunting.

“This is all very concerning,” said Tanya Sanerib, the international legal director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “It signals that the administration is ready to approve, trophy imports from Tanzania despite that country’s history of wildlife mismanagement.”

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