California Leverages COVID19 Crisis to Ban African Big Game Taxidermy

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A bill that would ban the possession or importation of animal products from a number of African big game species has been amended to also prohibit live animal markets similar to those thought to be responsible for the outbreak of COVID-19 in China. The newly amended Senate Bill 1175 is now scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the John L. Burton hearing room. After the original bill sat idle since its introduction in February, this change is likely to attract additional support for the bill from legislators concerned about disease.

Take Action Today! California sportsmen should call their state senators and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 1175. California members can contact their senators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Directory.

“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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