More than three dozens permits to import lion trophies have been issued since 2017, according to documents obtained by the advocacy group Friends of Animals.
Thirty-eight permits have been granted to 33 individuals, allowing them to import the trophies into the U.S., according to Friends of Animals, citing documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
A spokeswoman for Friends of Animals told The Hill that all 38 permits were approved in 2017 and 2018. Friends of Animals noted that some of the hunts took place in 2016, and the majority of the permits to import trophies were applied for under the Obama administration.
News of the permits, reported by HuffPost, comes months after the Trump administration began allowing the import of lion trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Former President Obama added the African lion to the endangered species list in 2015 following the high-profile killing of the Cecil the lion by an American dentist. The addition made it more difficult for the government to issue trophy import permits.