川普总统推迟决定是否允许进口猎物标本

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月18日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

津巴布韦野生动物公园内的大象 - 资料
津巴布韦野生动物公园内的大象 - 资料

美国总统川普说,他在能够审议所有关于动物保护的事实之前暂时不就是否允许大型猎物标本进口做出决定。

川普总统星期五在推特上发文说,他将和内政部长辛克一起进行研究。他说,对这项政策的审议已经进行了多年。

在川普总统突然改变政策前,美国渔业与野生动物局星期四宣布,将允许人们把在津巴布韦和赞比亚狩猎中所打死大象的身体部位带入美国。

渔业与野生动物局认为,鼓励富人对大象狩猎将有助于为保护项目筹集资金。大象是濒危动物。

动物权益组织和环保组织都对这项决定提出批评。他们说,这将进一步减少已然不多的大象头数。

众议院外交委员会主席、共和党议员罗伊斯星期五也表示反对,一方面考虑到对非洲野生动物的伤害,另一方面考虑到津巴布韦目前的政治动荡。罗伊斯在一份声明中说:“行政当局应该撤回这项决定,直到津巴布韦局势稳定。”

大象普查组织的报告说,去年赞比亚有2万1000多头大象,津巴布韦有8万2000头大象。从2007年到2014年期间,18个非洲国家的野生大象总头数下降了30%,只剩大约35万多头。

非洲大象根据美国濒危物种保护法案被列入濒危物种名单。

Trump Puts on Hold New Policy on Imports of Big Game Trophies

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is putting on hold a decision to allow imports of big game trophies until he can “review all conservation facts.”

Trump tweeted Friday that he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He said the policy has been “under study for years.”

The abrupt change in policy follows an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which said it will allow the importation of body parts from elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The agency concluded that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.

Both animal rights groups and environmental groups criticized the decision, saying it could deplete at-risk elephant populations.

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, was also critical of the move Friday, because of concerns about African wildlife and also the current political upheaval in Zimbabwe.

“The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,’’ he said in a statement.

The Great Elephant Census reported last year that Zambia had just more than 21,000 elephants last year, while 82,000 elephants roam in Zimbabwe. Overall elephant populations have declined by 30 percent in 18 African countries between 2007 and 2014, with slightly more than 350,000 still alive in the wild.

African elephants have been listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.