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Animal Defenders International

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Posted: 3 August 2015. Updated: 17 July 2019


US pressure to protect animals from hunters

Four years after Cecil’s brutal slaying by Walter Palmer, with little legislative response and the establishment of a US advisory council tasked to ‘promote and enable’ US trophy hunters to import their kills, African lions and other iconic species continue their drastic decline. Since that time, however, South Africa appears to recognize the potential negative impacts to its branding, as a majority of US citizens, including about one-third of US hunters, oppose international trophy hunting of imperiled species.

ADI continues to endorse these bills, but THESE BILLS CANNOT PASS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT – we urge you to contact US legislators in support of:

The Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018 (HR5697) to support wildlife conservation, improve anti-trafficking enforcement, and provide dedicated funding for wildlife conservation at no expense to taxpayers, sponsored by Rep. Bordallo and 18 cosponsors.

The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act (HR2245) was reintroduced on April 10, 2019, and will be heard by the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee on July 17. ADI joins a growing number of organizations endorsing the bill, and thanks its sponsor Rep. Grijalva and 20 cosponsors.

In addition to outlawing the import of large animal trophies, HR2245 would also task the Government Accountability Office to research trophy hunters’ conservation claims, and terminate the International Wildlife Conservation Council, whose sole purpose is to promote and enable international trophy hunting.

Though most Americans oppose trophy hunting, the US remains the world’s largest hunting trophy importer, and species protections have rolled back significantly in recent years. These species face continuing dire threats to their survival, including the US appetite for trophies and related products.

Ask your legislators to support the CECIL Act (HR2245) against US trophy hunting imports and against attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Take action here.

ADI STRONGLY OPPOSES the USFWS International Wildlife Conservation Council. Click here for ADI’s submissions to USFWS opposing the establishment and focus of this Council, to enable trophy hunting imports into the US and to promote its unproven, controversial claims of conservation benefit.

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