Ask Congress to Halt Trophy Hunting Imports!

Ask Congress to Halt Trophy Hunting Imports!

A much-needed bill has been introduced to prohibit the importation of trophies from federally protected wildlife species and ban the domestic canned hunting of them. Currently, the U.S. is the largest importer of wildlife trophies in the world, which includes the body parts of threatened elephant and lion species. The ProTECT Act would end our nation’s involvement in some of the most atrocious wild animal trophy importation and tame animal killings. Join us in urging decision-makers to pass this important bill to save threatened species!

Trophy hunting, whether in the wild or within the confines of a canned hunt facility, is a barbaric blood sport in which exotic animals are killed and dismembered so their body parts can be mounted or displayed. Innocent animals are gunned down or impaled with arrows, which causes them excruciating pain and terror as they slowly bleed to death. Tragically, the United States is responsible for importing over 10,000 lion and elephant body parts between 2005 and 2014, making it the world’s largest importer of animal trophies.

The Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act (ProTECT Act) has been introduced to the House of Representatives to forbid importing trophies from species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Importing trophies from species listed as endangered is already prohibited. However, the importation of body parts from threatened species, including African elephants, multiple African lion subspecies, and Grevy’s zebra, is still permitted. The ProTECT Act would also ban canned hunts domestically where listed species are caged and mercilessly killed, with no chance to escape.

Trophy hunting doesn’t just affect land animals; it also harms fish. Like land animals, sharks, marlin and other fish are killed so animal abusers can pose with their carcasses. They slowly suffocate after they are pulled from the water by the sharp hooks which are jabbed into their faces. The ProTECT Act would restrict the transfer of trophies from multiple protected fish species, including the oceanic whitetip shark and the scalloped hammerhead shark. 

What You Can Do 

Please contact your U.S. representative and urge him/her to support the ProTECT Act of 2019 (H.R.4804) to protect threatened animals from being senselessly eradicated by trophy hunters. 

1) Make a quick call. Find your representative’s contact information by clicking the link below, entering your zip code, and selecting the federal tab.

When you call your U.S. representative’s office, state your name, your town or city, and telephone number. 

If you are represented by Jackson Lee, Ted Lieu, Peter King or Barbaree Lee, who have already signed onto the bill, you can simply say: 

As the Representative’s constituent I want to thank him/her for championing H.R.4804, the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act. 

If you are represented by someone else, please urge him/her to cosponsor the ProTECT Act. Here’s an example of what you can say: 

As (Representative’s name) constituent, I respectfully urge him/her to cosponsor H.R.4804, the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act. This legislation would forbid the importation of trophies from threatened species, as well as the canned hunting of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. Our nation should not be associated with the barbaric blood sport of trophy hunting. 

2) Send our letter to your U.S. representative by filling out the form on this page. Personalization is strongly encouraged.

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