We are proud to announce on Endangered Species Day that the Big 5 African Trophies Act, which would ban the importation, possession, sale or transportation of the trophies of elephants, giraffes, rhinos, leopards and lions in Connecticut, passed the Senate 30 to 3 May 19 and is headed to the House where we hope it will get called and past swiftly. We’re halfway there but we need Connecticut residents to help get it across the finish line. Please call your state representative and tell him or her to vote for SB925, which passed out of the Environment Committee 24-8. You can find your legislators by typing in your address here.
It is gratifying to be headquartered in a state that is disincentivizing trophy hunting and protecting Africa’s Big 5—all threatened with extinction. Trophy hunters don’t kill for conservation, they kill for recognition. And make no mistake, Connecticut residents want bragging rights too. Since 2005, Connecticut residents killed 71 leopards, 39 lions and seven elephants even though they are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. They’ve also killed one giraffe. We can’t thank Senator Bob Duff enough for championing this legislation and remaining steadfast in getting justice for Cecil the lion, whose life was cut short by a trophy hunter in 2015.