“Nothing justifies killing harmless animals to use its parts only as material goods, decoration or even worse as a trophy to satisfy someone’s ego or pride,” the supermodel and environmental activist wrote on Instagram. “If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife. When you hurt one species you are hurting them all, including us humans. We are all connected. #weareone #moreloveplease #BeKindToElephants.”
(Her post is particularly notable because Trump has called Bündchen’s huband Tom Brady a friend.)
This week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that that the Trump administration is preparing to lift and loosen the bans on importing elephant trophies into America.
According to ABC News, the Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014.
Elephants are listed as endangered, but an Endangered Species Act stipulation lets the government give people permits to import trophies if there is evidence that the “hunting actually benefits conservation for that species.”
“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said in a statement.
The spokesperson said the administration has new information from officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia to support reversing the ban.
In addition to Bündchen, several celebrities have taken to social media to express their outrage at the decision. See their reactions below.
Infuriating. Will increase poaching, make communities more vulnerable & hurt conservation efforts: https://t.co/w3BT8tZzgw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 16, 2017
Trump has decided killing elephants is ok. Elephants are kind, intelligent and devoted to their families. Lifting the ban only puts them in further danger. Trophy hunting of any kind should not be allowed and does not aid in conservation. Leave the elephants alone. #NotUs pic.twitter.com/ACu4s1jb31
— om (@oliviamunn) November 17, 2017
The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama’s ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It’s savage and pointless. It breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/iclfxN6TXr
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 16, 2017
Dear people with no soul ,
stop shooting Elephants https://t.co/T0fThLjOWH
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 16, 2017
Aww, man. You’re even raping the elephants. #45
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 17, 2017
Back in 2012, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump went trophy hunting in Zimbabwe, killing an elephant and cheetah among other large animals — and sparking intense backlash once the photos surfaced. Critics have been recirculating the photo.