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house Bill H.R. 5690

"Animal Trophies" From Threatened Species: Should They be Illegal?

Argument in favor

Allowing animal trophies from endangered or threatened species to be imported into the U.S. legally creates demand for the senseless killing of such animals so they should be banned.

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05/30/2018
Illegal? Undoubtedly! This should be bipartisan with an unanimous ‘Yay’ to pass this bill. . To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
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Rick 's Opinion
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05/30/2018
It’s a 😢 day when we even have to ask such a question. I would also include human beings, all races and religions.
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Mark 's Opinion
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05/30/2018
Of course! Is this a trick question?? We could start with locking up Donald Trump, Jr.!!!!
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Argument opposed

Regulated hunting of endangered or threatened animals should be part of a scientific wildlife management program can help ensure the long-term survival of those species.

Leon's Opinion
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05/30/2018
This does not appear to cover lawfully taken game. I’m ok with considering conservation initiatives, but not with criminalizing something that was legal when it was hunted. Endangered and threatened are NOT being used scientifically, often it only takes a small geographic area and makes a decision vs the whole population. And we all know the government and science don’t mix, just like politics and common sense/
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Matthew's Opinion
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05/30/2018
If the animal is taken legally then I don’t see what the problem is. If the animal is poached, then I think the person has bigger problems than trying to bring in a trophy.
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Mike's Opinion
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05/30/2018
Hunting is the major/ only source of money for conservation in America and many places in Africa. If an animal is legally taken, the trophy should be allowed to come back. Legal hunting of big game in africa is very expensive, and supports local economies. Hunters will not shell out the cash if they cant bring the trophy home. When these animals are killed, the locals get the meat and the hunter gets the trophy. Without legal hunting, poachers will have run of the land. Poachers out kill legal hunters 100 to 1. Legal hunting regulates how many animals can be taken, and will ensure that it is a sustainable amount. “Sport” hunting where one kills an animal just for a trophy, letting everything else go to waste is a myth. Grow up, do research, and realize these issues are more nuanced then they appear to be.
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      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedMay 7th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5690?

This bill — the ProTECT Act of 2018 — would prohibit the taking (i.e. killing) of any endangered or threatened animal species in the U.S. as a trophy and the importation of any such trophy into the U.S. It would also prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing permits allowing the importation of such trophies. In effect, it would reverse the Trump administration’s decision to consider applications for the importation of such trophies on a case-by-case basis.

The bill’s full title is the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act of 2018.

Impact

Threatened or endangered animals; those who ranch or poach such animals; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5690

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced this bill to prohibit the importation of trophies from endangered or threatened animals into the U.S.:

“The ProTECT Act of 2018 ensures that all acts of senseless and perilous trophy killings are prohibited under the Endangered Species Act. I was in Africa when the iconic Cecil the Lion, was murdered for sport. It is a disgrace that this act was committed by an American -- with his lack of respect for these wondrous animals and the preservation of our wildlife reverberating across the world. With growing support and awareness of the need to protect ecosystem and a greater need for compassion of animal welfare issues, we hope that this legislative effort will be signed into law by the President, rescinding his pro-trophy hunting directive from March of this year.”

The National Rifle Association supported the Trump administration’s decision to allow limited imports of lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, with a spokesman saying:

“By lifting the import ban on lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Trump Administration underscored the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide. This is a significant step forward in having hunting receive the recognition it deserves as a tool of wildlife management, which had been all but buried in the previous administration.”

This legislation has the support of three cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: ugurhan / iStock)

AKA

Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the taking for a trophy of any endangered or threatened species of fish or wildlife in the United States and the importation of endangered and threatened species trophies into the United States, and for other purposes.

    Illegal? Undoubtedly! This should be bipartisan with an unanimous ‘Yay’ to pass this bill. . To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
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    This does not appear to cover lawfully taken game. I’m ok with considering conservation initiatives, but not with criminalizing something that was legal when it was hunted. Endangered and threatened are NOT being used scientifically, often it only takes a small geographic area and makes a decision vs the whole population. And we all know the government and science don’t mix, just like politics and common sense/
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    It’s a 😢 day when we even have to ask such a question. I would also include human beings, all races and religions.
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    Of course! Is this a trick question?? We could start with locking up Donald Trump, Jr.!!!!
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    All animal trophies should be illegal. Hunting for sport is wrong and should be banned.
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    Animal trophies are reprehensible especially for species that are endangered.
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    Yes, Yes, Yes! We need to protect endangered and protected species so that we stop causing the extinction of species.
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    There is no dignity or honor in trophy hunting. It isn’t to feed a family or a rite of passage, it is what wealthy monsters do.
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    These animals are either endangered or threatened, we should be working together globally to help these animals thrive, live, and increase in population. Their numbers are down, and "Animal Trophies" are not needed to bring our economy up. There are better ways, more humane ways, better moral ways, to increase our economy right here in the United States. We can raise our economy without destroying the wildlife of another country.
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    Absolutely! Frankly, trophy hunting is disgusting regardless. It’s killing for pleasure. I’m a hunter/fisher and I was taught not to kill if I wasn’t going to eat it or take more than I need. There are plenty of prey animals without killing protected species, for food or for “fun”.
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    Think of the future
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    This should have been done a long time ago.
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    I am not against hunting, I eat meat, that would be rather hypocritical. But trophy hunting—all trophy hunting IMO—is a different matter. It only serves man’s vanity and, especially in the case of endangered species, should not be allowed.
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    If the animal is taken legally then I don’t see what the problem is. If the animal is poached, then I think the person has bigger problems than trying to bring in a trophy.
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    YES, YES, YES. Trophy hunting leads to demand. It does NOT help preserve a species. Only weak insecure people (like Don Jr) need to bolster their masculinity by killing animals. Hunts on game farms/reserves where the animals cannot escape is nothing more than shooting animals in a cage. Why don’t we arm the animals as well and make it an even match?? In Africa the guides do practically everything for these “hunters” including sometimes having to kill the poor creature because the “hunter” is incapable. Trophy hunters are pathetic and sad.
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    It’s about time.
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    Trophy hunting should be illegal. Period!
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    YES, YES, YES. Trophy hunting leads to demand. It does NOT help preserve a species. Only weak insecure people (like Don Jr) need to bolster their masculinity by killing animals. Hunts on game farms/reserves where the animals cannot escape is nothing more than shooting animals in a cage. Why don’t we arm the animals as well and make it an even match?? In Africa the guides do practically everything for these “hunters” including sometimes having to kill the poor creature because the “hunter” is incapable. Trophy hunters are pathetic and sad.
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    Of course.
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    I can’t understand any other reason to kill for sport than as an ego bolster. Saving our planet’s fragile ecosystem and the animals in it is more important than saving a coward’s fragile ego.
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