Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle wrote Wednesday that this move is bound to backfire since "trophy hunting undermines the conservation of threatened and endangered species".
According to the Great Elephant Census, undertaken by a team of ecologists and biologists who spent years surveying the expansive African savannah in airplanes, the population of African elephants decreased by 30 percent in the 18 countries studied between 2009 and 2016, which include both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
For locals living in the countries where large game like lions and elephants live, hunting can be used for food, controlling population and protection of crops.
However, as one might expect, animal rights groups and other compassionate and fair mined individuals were appalled by the morally reprehensible decision concerning African elephant trophies.
The Trump administration has allowed trophy hunters to kill African lions and elephants and bring their heads back to the country, reversing an Obama-era policy that prohibited importing endangered animals in the country.
Safari Club International, a hunting advocacy group that has consistently opposed any restrictions on importing trophies from overseas, broke the news of the rule change a day ahead of Fish and Wildlife.
"By lifting the import ban on elephant trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Trump Administration underscored, once again, the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide" said Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action.
This horrific news will naturally make Eric Trump and Don Jr., the avid, hunters really happy.
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African elephant populations had once numbered between three to five million in the last century, but have been severely reduced to its current levels of 415,000 animals due to hunting and the illegal ivory trade, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Its statement included a detail that the agency omitted: A Fish and Wildlife official made the announcement at a forum the Safari Club co-hosted in Tanzania, from which elephant trophy imports remain banned.
It's unclear when the act is going to be reversed, but a notice regarding this change will be posted in the Federal Register on Friday this week.
Elephants graze inside Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 1, 2015.
"What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive can not kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it's just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?" wrote Pacelle.
The nonprofit group's report found a population drop of 6% in Zimbabwe alone.
It's a reversal of yet another Obama administration policy.
The U.S. decision comes as the longtime president of Zimbabwe was placed under house arrest this week by the nation's military, plunging the west African nation into political uncertainty.