“Trophy Hunting”: Elephants

“Trophy hunting” is a euphemism for killing a wild animal, then displaying all or part of its corpse as a “trophy.” When US citizens want to import corpse parts of an animal they killed in Africa, they must apply for a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. (More on that here.)

Apparently, numerous people and organizations are now requesting documents about this process — including the applications filed by individual “hunters” — resulting in the FWS posting thousands of pages of records to its FOIA reading room on a rolling basis. I will be mirroring these huge documents and providing additional information about what they contain. Below are the documents on elephants. Animal Info Sanctuary’s main page on “trophy hunting” is here.


[Listed newest first. Titles in bold are the file names given by US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS).]

Elephant/Lion CITES: 433 pages, posted to FWS April 18, 2019. PDF

Permit applications for elephants and lions, January through April 2019.

Elephant Trophy Imports, January 1, 2018 to February 21, 2019: 1,737 pages, posted to FWS on February 25, 2019. PDF

Mainly permit applications, with some other documents mixed in.

 

Elephant Trophy Imports Part 5: 611 pages, posted to FWS on September 27, 2018. PDF

Internal FWS email, Aug-Dec 2017

Elephant Trophy Imports Part 5, attachments part 1: 996 pages, posted to FWS on September 27, 2018. PDF

Elephant Trophy Imports Part 5, attachments part 2: 238 pages, posted to FWS on September 27, 2018. PDF

 

Elephant Trophy Imports Part 4: 61 pages, posted to FWS on September 5, 2018. PDF

Emails (public comments on the temporary banning of elephant “trophy” imports), Sept-Dec 2017

Elephant Trophy Imports Part 4 attachments: 35 pages, posted to FWS on September 5, 2018. PDF

Page 1: DAPU: Dande Anti Poaching Unit
Page 31: photo
Page 32: letters

 

Elephant Trophy Imports part 3: 240 pages, posted to FWS on September 5, 2018. PDF

More 2017 FWS emails.
Page 158: 39-page memo: Enhancement finding for Zambia Elephants 2016 through 2018.
Page 201: Invitation to the 15th African Wildlife Consultative Forum

Elephant Trophy Imports part 3 attachments: 275 pages, posted to FWS on September 5, 2018. PDF

Page 1: General Advice on Importation of Sport-hunted Trophies of African Elephants Taken in Zambia in the Calendar Year 2018
Page 5: U.S. CITES Implementation Report (for the period 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2015)
Page 71: Preparing for the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES
Page 73: Lion and Elephant ESA Listings and the Permitting Process
Page 74: Humane Society letter: Re: Comments Opposing the Establishment of an International Wildlife Conservation Council (Docket No. FWS-HQ-R-2017-N118)
Page 89: Resolution Conf. Page 110: African Elephants and Lions and the US Endangered Species Act Page 120: DAPU: Dande Anti Poaching Unit
Page 150: Humane Society letter: Re: Comments Opposing the Establishment of an International Wildlife Conservation Council (Docket No. FWS-HQ-R-2017-N118)
Page 165: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: AWA Committee Roster 2016-2018
Page 203: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: AWA Committee Handbook 2015
Page 218: Invitation to the 15th African Wildlife Consultative Forum
Page 223: Humane Society letter: Re: Comments Opposing the Establishment of an International Wildlife Conservation Council (Docket No. FWS-HQ-R-2017-N118)
Page 238: General Advice on Importation of Sport-hunted Trophies of African Elephants Taken in Zambia in the Calendar Year 2018
Page 241: Status of Lion and elephant Trophy Imports 2009-Present
Page 242: Trophy hunting talking points (draft}
Page 245: Trophy hunting talking points (final)
Page 248: Recommendations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking (Oct 2017)
Page 262: Lion and Elephant ESA Listings and the Permitting Process
Page 263: IUCN SSC Guiding Principles on Trophy Hunting as a Tool for Creating Conservation Incentives, Ver. 1.0 (09 August 2012)
Page 274: Import permits issued for following species in 2015, 2016, and 2017

 

Elephant Trophy Imports part 2: 694 pages, posted to FWS on August 1, 2018. PDF

News clippings for entire Department of the Interior

Elephant Trophy Imports part 1: 258 pages, posted to FWS on August 1, 2018. PDF

Internal FWS emails from 2017

Elephant Trophy Imports, attachments for parts 1 and 2: 695 pages, posted to FWS on August 1, 2018. PDF

 

Elephant Trophy Imports: 2,525 pages, posted to FWS on July 2, 2018. PDF

Pages 1-1,175 are mainly long, detailed documents about elephant populations (and other species).
Pages 1,176-end: applications for permits to import elephant “trophies”.

Elephant Trophy Imports: 2,226 pages, posted to FWS on June 1, 2018. PDF

Enhancement Finding for African Elephants: 2,474 pages, posted to FWS on April 26, 2018. PDF

First 420 pages are applications for permits to import elephant “trophies”. The rest are documents concerning conservation and anti-poaching efforts, US policy decisions, etc

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