Connecticut: Take action to protect African wildlife from trophy hunting:
Connecticut does not have clean hands when it comes to pushing Africa’s Big 5 closer to extinction. Our state is supplying customers to the grave, immoral trophy hunting industry.
We can and must put an end to this barbarism.
You can speak out this week via email or in person in support of HB5104 “An Act Prohibiting the Import, Sale, and Possession of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Black and White Rhinos and Giraffes,” a bipartisan bill drafted by Friends of Animals and co-sponsored by state Sen. Majority Leader Bob Duff and state Rep. Michael Winkler.
HB5104 would ban the importation, possession, sale or transportation of the trophies of African giraffes, leopards, lions, elephants, black and white rhinos and their body parts throughout Connecticut—all vulnerable, threatened and endangered species.
The Environment Committee will be holding a public hearing on the bill, HB5104 at the state Capitol in Hearing Room 2B. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to email@example.com; PDF format is strongly preferred. Testimony received will be available for members of the committee after the public hearing.
Here are some talking points: ● From 2005-2015, 59 trophy hunting permits were issued to Connecticut residents by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so people could hunt and kill leopards for their trophies. Six additional permits were provided to CT residents to kill African elephants in Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. And from 2005-2016, Connecticut residents killed 39 lions and one giraffe and imported their trophies.
You can get all Talking Points to add in your Testimony by the link provided:
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