Connecticut delivers blow to the trophy hunting industry
Connecticut trophy hunters will no longer be able to sell the body parts of the African elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions and rhinos they kill—the General Assembly passed the Big 5 African Trophies Act, which Friends of Animals helped draft. The legislation now heads to the governor.
“We’ve worked for five years to deliver this setback to the morally bankrupt, economically useless trophy hunting industry and to help protect these magnificent ecosystem engineers, and we urge Governor Lamont to sign this bill into law so CT can be a conservation leader,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, which is headquartered in Darien and supports conservation projects in Africa. “Killing is not conservation and we express our gratitude to state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and state Sen. Christine Cohen for their efforts to achieve this significant step to disincentivize trophy hunting because no one else could have shepherded this through the gauntlet of special interests. It’s been a Herculean task.”
Friends of Animals’ longterm goal has always been to ban the importation and possession of the trophies of Africa’s Big 5 and is shifting its efforts to get a federal wildlife trophy ban enacted. FoA is looking forward to working with members of Congress and the Biden administration to make it illegal to import the body parts of these incredible beings who vainglorious hunters slaughter overseas for bragging rights and home decor.
“President George H. W. Bush declared an immediate ban on ivory imports in 1989,” Feral said. “We believe the Biden administration can put the final nail in the coffin of the trophy hunting industry.”