UPDATE! California Leverages COVID19 Crisis to Ban African Big Game Taxidermy

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***UPDATE: California Senate Bill 1175 recently passed out of its third senate committee and is now under consideration for a full senate vote. The senate has until June 26 to vote the bill out of the floor and send it to the house for consideration. 

This bill would ban the possession or importation of animal products from a number of African big-game species and was amended in May to also prohibit live-animal markets similar to those thought to be responsible for the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.

If the SB1175 is not brought up for a vote and does not beat the June 26 deadline, the bill will be dead for 2020 California legislative session.


Take Action Today! California sportsmen should contact their Senate Members and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 1175 . Members can also contact their Senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.

 


“SB 1175 is an attack on sportsmen under the guise of addressing public health issues like wet markets,” said Jacob Hupp associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “The two issues aren’t even closely related. Conflating wet markets with Americans hunting in Africa and importing properly cured hides or horns under strict regulation and oversight from U.S. Customs is disingenuous at best, and outright manipulation and scare tactics at worst.”

Senate Bill 1175 would ban the possession or importation of animal products from a number of African big game species, including: elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, hippos, pangolins, baboons and hyenas. African big-game hunting funds efforts that protect plentiful, threatened and endangered species from poaching and gives local communities incentive to tolerate conflict with these animals. These hunts occur within the scope of the law of African countries that meet internationally accepted conservation initiatives and guidelines, and adhere to United States import regulations. The dollars that come from African hunts provide a lifeline for many endangered and threatened species, as they fund the anti-poaching and conservation efforts throughout Africa that would not be possible otherwise.

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