The killing of Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil the lion has sparked new efforts in Washington to crack down on overseas poaching.
As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service probes Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist suspected of killing the animal, the agency has come under new pressure to finalize protections for African lions.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate, meanwhile, are calling for new restrictions on big game hunters looking to stock their dens with new trophies.
The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act announced Friday by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) would block hunters from importing lion trophies to the U.S.
“Let’s not be cowardly lions when it comes to trophy killings,” Menendez said in a statement. “Cecil’s death was a preventable tragedy that highlights the need to extend the protections of the Endangered Species Act. When we have enough concern about the future of a…
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