WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protesters hold pictures of Cecil the Lion as they stand in front of the Department of Interior building to protest against the importing of wild game killed as trophies August 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. Peta is calling on the Fish and Wildlife Service to take steps to end cruel trophy hunting by listing lions as a threatened species and banning the importation of their heads, tails, and skins into the U.S.
Action – We can’t stop them from killing things but we can make it less fun.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued more than three dozen permits for hunters to bring back lion trophy parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016-2018, and More than half of those hunters donated to Republican lawmakers or have ties to hunting advocacy group Safari Club International. The Trump administration is prompt in rewarding its supporters while putting a vulnerable species at risk.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Senator [___] to bring an end to lion trophy import permits and to investigate whether the hunting-industry majority of the International Wildlife Conservation Council violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Killing Cecil was really expensive. Traveling across the world to see Africa’s animals in the wild is an costly proposition. To kill one is even more expensive, as a “trophy” tax must be paid for each dead animal, which is supposedly used for conservation efforts. We sprinkled a sampling in amongst our background report to give you a rough idea of what each kind is worth. (POA stands for “Price on application”)