On June 30th, Cecil the Lion was lured out of his home in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and shot with an arrow. One day later, he was shot and killed with a gun. He was later found skinned and beheaded.
Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer, admits he made the kill -- but never faced charges. We can’t bring Cecil back to life, but we’re doing everything we can to honor his life by protecting other lions from extinction.
Trophy hunting affects people, animals, and habitat worldwide. IFAW’s Killing For Trophies: An Analysis of Global Trophy Hunting Trade report found that as many as 1.7 million hunting trophies may have been traded between nations between 2004 and 2014, with at least 200,000 of those being threatened species. The United States accounted for a staggering 71% of the import demand, or about 15 times more than the next highest nations on the list. We are importing thousands of trophies annually from animals threatened with extinction, a practice that is far out of step with modern day animal welfare ethics.
Therefore, we ask you to write your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to support the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act (S. 1918 / H.R. 3526).
If enacted, this bill will amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help protect animals that have not yet received a final ESA listing from trophy hunts by restricting their import into the U.S.
This bill would help to protect imperiled wildlife around the world. Now, it is more important than ever to let your voice be heard. Ask your U.S. representative and senators to co-sponsor H.R. 3526 and S. 1918, (respectively). A simple note will help protect imperiled species from being hunted and brought to the U.S. as “trophies.”
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released July 1, 2016