Ellen DeGeneres, the outgoing TV talk show host, has not been quiet from the get-go about her true feelings about Donald Trump. Ellen has spoken out against the president and his proposed policies many times, on her widely watched show, making it know she does not agree with many of the president’s actions, including his proposed travel ban.
Ellen fought back against president Trump in the kindest of ways after the Trump administration announced on Wednesday that they would be reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration, which would ban elephant heads coming into the U.S from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) the hunting of African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.” This criteria is what officials use to judge whether they should or should not allow imports from the animals, otherwise known as trophies. In a statement an FWS spokesman said:
‘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.’
In an attempt to fight back against this ridiculous ban reversal, Ellen launched a campaign which aims to raise money for elephant conservation efforts. During her Thursday talk show, DeGeneres told those viewing her show that Trump’s decision to end the ban really affected her, stating:
‘I love elephants. And if you take the time to learn about elephants, you would love them too.’
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 17, 2017
Ellen continued on to state:
‘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.’
DeGeneres played some videos of elephants and unveiled a piece of art, which she later shared on Twitter, paired with the hashtag #BeKingToElephants.
The organization DeGeneres is seeking to raise money for, the DSWT, was founded in 1977; they work to rescue and rehabilitate baby elephants. In addition to that amazing work, DSWT works on general conservation throughout Kenya.
DeGeneres has said she was determined to do something about this situation and it shows. Her post has received tens of thousands of interactions since it was shared Thursday evening. Twitter users showed overwhelming support for Ellen’s initiative to help the elephants; you can read some of the responses below.
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