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Center for Biological Diversity Sues Over Trump's Thrill-kill Council
Center for Biological Diversity Sues Over Trump's Thrill-kill Council
The Trump administration is hell-bent on letting its rich friends carve up Africa's elephants, lions and other wildlife to decorate their living rooms.

So today the Center and our allies launched a new lawsuit to stop this grotesque abuse of power.

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The Center's latest lawsuit targets the Trump administration's so-called "Wildlife Council," which is stacked with firearms executives and Trump business connections. Fifteen of the council's 16 members have ties to trophy hunting or the gun industry.

Among those with a seat at the table? One council member who owns a stake in Trump and Eric Jr.'s private New York hunting preserve. Another who raised more than a million dollars for Trump's presidential campaign and has 482 kills chalked up to him in Safari Club International's record book, including no fewer than six elephants.

The conflict of interest is as blatant as it is illegal.

The council was put together by Interior Secretary Zinke in the days following the administration's sick maneuvering to bolster elephant trophy killings.

By adopting a secretive "case-by-case" review process, they made it easier for trophy hunters to bring their kills home. We're already fighting in the courts to shut down this sleazy ploy.

And in today's lawsuit we're going toe-to-toe with Zinke to show that gun-toting hobbyists who kill rare and vanishing animals for pleasure shouldn't be dictating the terms under which they bring heads, hides and other parts into our country.

Threatened elephant and lion populations should not be sold off to millionaire Safari clubbers looking for a thrill.

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (Archive on Wednesday, August 22, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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