US President Donald Trump has suspended the import of elephant hunting trophies, only a day after a ban was relaxed by his administration.
Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017
Just when the fight to safe the African elephant was gaining traction by delegitimizing ivory purchases, it saddens to see the USA, already the 2nd largest market for ivory, stem the trend by easing rules. Help save our elephants. Defend gains made
— Mukhisa Kituyi (@UNCTADKituyi) November 17, 2017
Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban.
Rwanda Announces Global Visa-Free Regime
Rwanda has announced a global visa free entry for travelers from everywhere in the world starting January 1, 2018.
A communique released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration said in part “30 days visa upon arrival – Citizens of all countries to get visa upon arrival without prior approval, starting 01 January 2018. Before that, only African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.”
— Immigration | Rwanda (@Rwandamigration) November 16, 2017