Gisele Bündchen Urges the Protection of Wildlife as Donald Trump Lifts Elephant Poaching Ban
"If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife," Gisele Bündchen urged on Instagram
“Nothing justifies killing harmless animals to use its parts only as material goods, decoration or even worse as a trophy to satisfy someone’s ego or pride,” the supermodel and environmental activist wrote on Instagram. “If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife. When you hurt one species you are hurting them all, including us humans. We are all connected. #weareone #moreloveplease #BeKindToElephants.”
(Her post is particularly notable because Trump has called Bündchen’s huband Tom Brady a friend.)
This week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that that the Trump administration is preparing to lift and loosen the bans on importing elephant trophies into America.
According to ABC News, the Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014.
Elephants are listed as endangered, but an Endangered Species Act stipulation lets the government give people permits to import trophies if there is evidence that the “hunting actually benefits conservation for that species.”
“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said in a statement.
The spokesperson said the administration has new information from officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia to support reversing the ban.
In addition to Bündchen, several celebrities have taken to social media to express their outrage at the decision. See their reactions below.