Ted Lieu and Sheila Jackson Lee Intro Bill to Ban Trophy Hunting
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies (ProTECT) Act. This legislation would amend the Endangered Species Act to prohibit the taking of any endangered or threatened species in the United States as a trophy and the importation of any such trophy into the United States. “Fueling the trade of trophies, ivory, and horns is selfish as much as it is cruel. Efforts to conserve wildlife and combat wildlife trafficking must remain a priority in Congress,” said Lieu. Jackson Lee continued saying, “I was in Africa when the iconic Cecil the Lion, was murdered for sport. It is a disgrace that this act was committed by an American – with his lack of respect for these wondrous animals and the preservation of our wildlife reverberating across the world. With growing support and awareness of the need to protect ecosystem and a greater need for compassion of animal welfare issues, we hope that this legislative effort will be signed into law by the President, rescinding his pro-trophy hunting directive from March of this year.” Under then-President Obama, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule revising the African Elephant rule which prohibited the export and import of African elephant ivory with exceptions and limited the number of sport-hunted African elephant trophies imported into the U.S. The Trump administration lifted this near-complete ban earlier this year. More here.