The analysis of President Trump's decision to roll back the ban on trophy-hunted elephant imports was based on the flawed premise that this new policy is merely poorly timed ["A reprieve for elephants," editorial, Nov. 20].
The editorial suggested that under better circumstances, had the Zimbabwean government not just experienced an apparent military coup, "well- managed" trophy hunting could benefit African elephant populations. However, the political turmoil in Zimbabwe is not the only flaw in the administration's abrupt — and now halted — policy change. African elephants are listed under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species; trophy hunting cannot and should not be added to the long list of threats they face. To allow sport hunting is a violation of the protections elephants are granted under the law. Furthermore, Zimbabwe has a history of problems with poaching and insufficient law enforcement.
I welcome Mr. Trump's reconsideration of the lifting of the trophy import ban and urge the editorial board to condemn the Interior Department's failure to put forth effective conservation policy.
Cathy Liss, Washington
The writer is president of the Animal Welfare Institute.