Letters to Government Officials and Administrations
Oppose the CECIL Act and Anti-Hunting Appropriations Language
The “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” or "CECIL" Act PASSED out of the House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday, September 18th, and now awaits a vote on the House Floor.
This bill will derail clearly proven wildlife management strategies in Africa that are recovering the world’s largest populations of lions, elephants, and other species. If implemented, H.R. 2245 would undermine the authority and the on-going wildlife management plans of several African nations. H.R. 2245 is an ill-conceived attempt to substitute emotionalism with rational wildlife conservation.
Enacting H.R. 2245 will severely hinder the importation of some legally-hunted animals and ban the importation of others. Congress should not pass a bill that would undermine successful conservation programs, substitute prejudice for the rational decisions of wildlife management experts around the world, and turn a blind eye to science.
Also, a proposed approproations bill introduced in July of 2020 that will fund the Department of the Interior through the end of FY21 has a provision that would block the United State Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing a permit for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, or Zambia.
Tell your member of Congress to OPPOSE the CECIL Act as well as oppose Section 436 of the House FY21 Interior Appropriations bill. and keep politics out of wildlife management!
Oppose the California Iconic African Species Protection Act
Senate Bill 1175 (Stern) would prohibit the importation and possession in California of the following species: African elephant, African lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, giraffe, Jentink's duiker, plains zebra, mountain zebra, hippopotamus, baboon and hyaena.
This legislation represents a misguided attempt to address a legitimate concern about diminished numbers of “iconic” African species. By banning the import of hunting trophies, the bill targets the countries where these species are healthiest.
Most elephants, lions, and black rhinos live in countries where they are hunted. These populations are stable or increasing—not declining.
This bill would greatly decrease conservation dollars, would result in litigation against the state, and would put a drain on the finances dedicated to both African and California wildlife.
The state of California currently has a $54,000,000,000 deficit. In considering this bill, it is urged that the California Legislature, the Governor, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Fish and Game Commission take into account the negative impact it would have on the budget of the Department, not only the additional costs to implement it, but also the loss of federal excise tax revenues resulting from fewer sales of sporting supplies and equipment that would ordinarily be made in preparation for an African hunt.
United Kingdom Trophy Ban
The United Kingdom is currently considering several proposals that would prohibit or severely restrict the import and export of hunting trophies to and from the UK. The UK government is now accepting public input through a consultation process.
SCI worked with Blood Origins to produce a video series featuring experts from the affected areas in Africa, asking them specific, pointed questions about the importance of hunting in their countries and what a ban would mean for conservation, economy and their way of life.