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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are avid trophy hunters as are a number of Trump's wealthier supporters and campaign donors A 2010 photo shows the two proudly posing with a leopard they killed in Zimbabwe
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Further pushing his cruelty from caged migrant children separated from their families at the southern border to yet other children coming home from school in Mississippi to find their parents having been hauled off by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detention centers, Donald Trump has now turned his attention to needlessly harming animals. Trump is a well-known critic of pet owners, including his own vice president, referring to them as "low class."

In sweeping action meant to gut America's commitment to protecting endangered species at home and abroad, Trump is scaling back two important statutes that protect animals: the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the U.S. adherence to the 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The Trump administration is currently lifting restrictions on the importing of parts of African lions and elephants killed by "trophy hunters." Not only are restrictions being lifted on such trophies, but the Interior Department is hampering public access to the records of permits being granted to hunters to import carcass parts of endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists lions and elephants as among many endangered species. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are avid trophy hunters, as are a number of Trump's wealthier supporters and campaign donors. A 2010 photo shows the two proudly posing with a leopard they killed in Zimbabw.

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The Trump administration is planning to end blanket protections for animals recently declared endangered. It will also require a cost-benefit analysis to be completed prior to a determination being made to protect a particular species of animal or plant. The changes in the Endangered Species Act may affect 1,600 protected species in the United States and its territories. In May of this year, a United Nations report concluded that 1 million animals and plants face imminent extinction due to climate change and overdevelopment. The UN also stated that the rate of extinctions is increasing at a record percentage.

There are currently moves by conservation groups and at least 10 state attorneys general to launch lawsuits to block Trump's war on endangered animals and plants.

Trump's blood lust for animals does not end with scaling back domestic and international protections for endangered species. The Trump administration is also giving authorization to the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service to use M-44 spring-loaded traps filled with sodium cyanide to kill bears, foxes, wolves, coyotes, birds, mountain lions and other animals that ranchers and farmers consider to be pests. Grizzly bears have recently been re-added to the federal endangered species list.

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Environmental scientists warn that "cyanide bombs" can kill non-targeted species, including pet dogs and cats, as well as harm humans. In 2017, the USDA imposed a moratorium on the use of M-44s in Idaho after a Pocatello boy walking with his dog triggered one of the devices, causing the family dog "Casey" to die a very violent death [left].

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The boy suffered from nausea, vomiting, and coughing with doctors unsure about the long-term effect of the sodium cyanide. The Trump administration's order removes all moratoriums on the use of M-44s, including in Idaho.

 

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"We are in the midst of an unprecedented extinction crisis yet the Trump administration is steamrolling our most effective wildlife protection law," Rebecca Riley, legal director of the nature program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. "This administration seems set on damaging fragile ecosystems by prioritizing industry interests over science." #FortyMen.

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Because depopulation, Agenda 2030 and total control are the endgame of the Sludge People, nothing of the sadism in this article should be a surprise.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are garbage along with anybody who kills animals for the fun of it.

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The "glee" on their "mugs" surely "speaks volumes" - obviously both are "overjoyed" with "the killing" even lifting up the dead carcass "to pose proudly for the camera". Reminiscent of the "horror" of W Bush's "smirk" and Nancy Pelosi's "giggle"(at .48 seconds) joking so "cruelly" about the dead soldiers that he sent on his "untruthful mission" to Iraq looking in vain and getting themselves killed for his nonexistent WMD. A "timid" democrat House Speaker Pelosi would refuse to "impeach" a string of lying Republican presidents "taking full advantage" of reluctant Democrats.

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i know... brings up my own inner violence because i want to spit in their faces and slap the smirks off of them.

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Thanks for this report. There are MANY in the world who care about children and animals. Both these groups and elderly need our support.

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As a member of the latter group, with loved ones in the formers, I second this motion! Hear!Hear!

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i feel every day like i will vomit from the anxiety and stress of witnessing the cruelty and the madness of this administration.

i realize they're not the only cruel administration; our system was never wholesome or ethical from its start. Lest we forget, it was Obama who gave himself and all future presidents unlimited executive power. congress is bought off by banksters and corporate thugs... the culmination... this... and worse to come... makes me ill. a combination of grief and rage are everyday feelings i have to contend with, just to get through the day, and i imagine there are billions like me the world over.

i am digging deep into my very low income pockets to try to send a little money to organizations fighting these latest acts - and every day, althouth i'm not a "person of faith," i pray for a miracle - but what would be enough? a bloody revolt? a sweeping change in consciousness to the point where the people finally will not TOLERATE letting criminals destroy the planet? i don't know but what little i do, its' NOT enough. small actions like mine are NOT ENOUGH.

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