IFAW Applauds Actions Taken by U.S. Senators in Introducing the CECIL Animal Trophies Act

Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwe
Friday, 31 July, 2015

Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the CECIL Animal Trophies Act:

“IFAW applauds the swift actions taken today by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ.) and his colleagues, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in introducing the CECIL Animal Trophies Act to in an effort to disincentivize trophy killings.  With U.S. hunters responsible for about half of the trophy killings of elephants and lions worldwide, it is clear that action is sorely needed at home to prevent these tragic killings abroad.” 

“Coupled with a listing of African lions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act—which IFAW was a lead petitioner for—this legislation is a crucial step in curbing trophy hunting.  While we may not be able to save Cecil, we can honor him by protecting the many other imperiled or endangered species that are killed for sport each year at the hands of Americans.”

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