Trump says decision to allow big game trophy imports put on hold

An elephant is seen in the Gonarezhou National Park, southeast Zimbabwe, on September 2, 2015. Situated in southeastern Zimbabwe, the 5,000 sq km Gonarezhou National Park is the second largest national park in the country, and forms part of one of the world's largest conservation areas -- the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, with the Kruger National Park of South Africa to the south and the Limpopo National Park of Mozambique to the southeast. Gonarezhou, which is translated as
An elephant is seen in the Gonarezhou National Park, southeast Zimbabwe, on September 2, 2015. Situated in southeastern Zimbabwe, the 5,000 sq km Gonarezhou National Park is the second largest national park in the country, and forms part of one of the world's largest conservation areas -- the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, with the Kruger National Park of South Africa to the south and the Limpopo National Park of Mozambique to the southeast. Gonarezhou, which is translated as "the place of elephants" in local Shona language, also has one of the world's highest elephant population densities. (Xu Lingui/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)

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

The rule released on Friday allowing hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States outraged animal activists.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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