Today a bipartisan group of representatives introduced the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act of 2019 (the ProTECT Act) which will help prevent the hunting of any species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. It would prohibit trophy hunting of these animals at canned hunting facilities in the U.S. AND ban the import of trophies of ESA-listed species, including lions, elephants, leopards and rhinos.
Below are statements from the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society International about the introduction of the bill today:
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Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States: “Trophy hunting is a pay-to-slay scheme to satisfy elite one-percenters’ desire to kill endangered and threatened species for bragging rights or for fun. It is high time that the United States rids itself of the appalling reputation as the world’s biggest importer of hunting trophies. This legislation will accomplish just that.”
ProTECT Act and wildlife
Sara Amundson, president of Humane Society Legislative Fund: “Imperiled wildlife such as African elephants, lions, rhinos, and leopards are under attack due to trophy hunting. Legislation that prevents people from importing slaughtered animals to display in their living rooms is a critical first step,” said. “The American public has shown time and again that they oppose trophy hunting of these iconic species. We commend Reps. Jackson Lee, Lieu, and King for introducing the ProTECT Act, which aligns with the values of the majority of Americans.”
Jeff Flocken, president of Humane Society International: “It is time for Congress to recognize what most Americans already know: Trophy hunting is not conservation; it is not the economic solution for local communities that the hunting industry claims it is; and it is morally wrong. Thank you, Reps. Jackson Lee, Lieu, and King, for taking action to protect threatened and endangered species from this barbaric practice.”