On Wednesday of this week, the House Natural Resources Committee (Committee) is set to markup and vote on H.R. 2245, the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act, a misguided piece of legislation that is opposed by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF).
In late July, the Committee held a legislative hearing on this short-sighted legislation, which seeks to limit the importation of legally harvested game trophies from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia despite opposition from these host countries who rely on international hunting for critical financial resources for habitat conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
Prior to the July hearing, CSF submitted a statement for the record and played a leading role in developing an American Wildlife Conservation Partners letter that was signed by 33 sporting-conservation organizations in opposition to the bill. CSF also worked with Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members on the Committee to oppose this highly partisan legislation.
In advance of the Committee markup and vote scheduled for Wednesday, CSF is currently working with our partners to oppose this legislation and will be submitting letters of opposition to the Committee while working with CSC Members to oppose H.R. 2245.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?