A threatened lion in Tanzania was gunned down for sport — and now the killer will be bringing the body home to hang on his wall.
This is the first trophy-import permit for a Tanzanian lion issued since these majestic cats were protected under the Endangered Species Act. And it could kick the door wide open for elephants, lions and more species to be shot in Tanzania so their bodies can be dragged back to the States.
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Despite Trump calling trophy hunting a “horror show,” his administration has repeatedly gone out of its way to clear the path for overseas slaughter of threatened species.
First the U.S. Department of the Interior reversed a ban on elephant-trophy imports from Zimbabwe. Then it created a council riddled with conflicts of interest and packed with Safari Club members and NRA bigwigs to “advise” on trophy-hunting decisions.
And now we’re seeing the results: the first permit for a Tanzanian lion being issued to a Florida-based hunter. It’s no coincidence this lion killer’s legal representative sits on Interior’s sham, pro-trophy-hunting council.
This permit bodes ill for wildlife in Tanzania, home to roughly 40 percent of Africa’s lions and up to half of the elephants in eastern Africa. The administration could greenlight more lion, and maybe even elephant, trophy imports.
Trophy hunting of the world’s threatened species must be stopped.
We’re in the courts fighting the administration’s pro-trophy agenda. And we’re rallying our members to push Congress to use its legislative powers to abolish the pro-trophy hunting council and force these import decisions into the public eye.
It’s past time to put an end to the fat-cat privilege of gunning down the Earth’s magnificent, rare wildlife for the sake of an ego boost.
For the wild,
Center for Biological Diversity