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Ellen DeGeneres raises money for elephant conservation after Trump ends trophy ban

Ellen DeGeneres is launching a campaign to raise money for elephant conservation efforts after President Trump ended a ban on importing elephant trophies from two African nations.

On her Thursday talk show, DeGeneres told her audience that Trump’s decision to end the ban “really … got me.”

“I love elephants. And if you take the time to learn about elephants, you would love them too,” DeGeneres said.

{mosads}“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness. They’re excellent at learning abilities — all the things I have yet to see in this president,” she added.

DeGeneres went on to play videos of elephants and showed a piece of art she would later share on social media alongside the hashtag #BeKindToElephants.

DeGeneres posted the image to her Instagram and Twitter pages, saying for every retweet and like of the photo, she’d make a donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

“I’m determined to do something about this,” DeGeneres said.

The organization, founded in 1977, works to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned baby elephants, as well as working on general conservation throughout Kenya, according to its website.

The posts have received tens of thousands of interactions since DeGeneres shared them Thursday evening.

The Trump administration said Wednesday it was reversing an Obama administration ban on bringing the heads of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia into the U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it has determined that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of parts — known as trophies — of the animals.

“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,” an FWS spokesman said in a statement.

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