A powerful House Committee Chairman is trying to eliminate lion and elephant hunting, ban importation of species that could be endangered or threatened in the future, and eliminate input from stakeholder groups that support conservation and hunting. House Resolution 2245, sponsored by Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is scheduled for a hearing on July 18 in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans at 10 a.m. in room 1324 in the capitol building.
Take Action Today! Sportsmen need to contact their member of Congress and ask them to vote NO on HR 2245. Sportsmen can find their member’s contact information by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center Directory.
HR 2245 would:
- Prohibit the importation of any lion or elephant taken in Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
- Ban importation permits for trophies of any species listed or even proposed to be listed as endangered or threatened, regardless of their benefit to the recovery of a species.
- Eliminate the International Wildlife Conservation Council, an advisory group representing conservation experts, hunting organizations and federal government agencies that advise the Secretary of Interior on issues including anti-poaching programs, wildlife trafficking, and efforts to increase awareness of the conservation and economic benefits of United States citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.
“Congressman Grijalva’s bill is a disaster for conservation, hunting and the economies of many impoverished nations that depend on the expenditures of American hunters to fund conservation, stop poaching, and even provide a basic income for local people where hunting occurs. His obsession with banning hunting will actually harm endangered and threatened wildlife. He is trying to single handedly ban international hunting, and he doesn’t want any input from affected stakeholders or range countries about the impact of this horrible legislation,” said Bruce Tague vice president of government affairs for Sportsmen’s Alliance.
Congressman Grijalva is a past recipient of the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Humane Champion Award and has received a perfect score from HSUS every year since 2005. He is a frequent carrier of HSUS-authored animal-rights legislation.
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