CECIL Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee
H.R.2245 “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” (CECIL Act) passed the House Natural Resources Committee today on a straight party-line vote, 19-16.
The CECIL Act now sits in waiting for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As a hunter and an advocate for conservation, join the Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC) to stay informed on this issue and to tell your Representative to OPPOSE H.R.2245.
H.R. 2245 will derail clearly proven wildlife management strategies in Africa that are recovering the world’s largest populations of lions, elephants, and other species. If implemented, H.R. 2245 would undermine the authority and the on-going wildlife management plans of several African nations. At best, this legislation is an ill-conceived attempt to substitute emotionalism with rational wildlife conservation.
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) noted that this legislation is based strictly on emotions and not sound science. “We sit here in our high seats, making decisions for other countries, when they have proven they can manage fish and game better than anyone else.”
During the hearing of this bill in July, the Democratic majority chose to listen to American environmental groups, ignoring input from the African countries this legislation would directly impact, including Patience Gandiwa, the Executive Technical Advisor of Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) said this legislation is “Exhibit A” of the colonial attitude certain lawmakers have in telling African countries how to best manage their wildlife, and that sentiment is “deeply resented across the entire continent for good reason.”
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