The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee passed HR 2245, known as the CECIL Act, on a party-line vote of 19-16. The bill, sponsored by committee chairman Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), will place significant restrictions on hunting and importing the taxidermy.
Take Action Today! Members should contact their U.S. Representative and ask them to vote NO on HR 2245. Representatives can be found using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center Directory.
HR 2245 will end the distinction between threatened and endangered species, as well as create more barriers to obtain import permits for game that has been legally hunted. The bill removes input from range countries in determining whether a species can be hunted by Americans. The CECIL Act goes even further and prohibits hunting for species before they are even listed as threatened or endangered.
Passage of the bill will also have negative consequences on African nations who rely on the revenue from sportsmen to continue much needed anti-poaching programs that have allowed many species to rebound and other conservation efforts that have proven extremely effective.
“The survival of iconic species is in real danger due to this legislation, which will result in a massive decrease in Americans hunting abroad,” said Bruce Tague vice president of government affairs for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “It is vital that sportsmen let their congressmen and women know that HR 2245 unfairly targets law-abiding hunters, ignores input from range countries and will actually harm wildlife.”
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