The Trump administration is allowing an American hunter to bring body parts of a lion that he shot in Tanzania into the United States. Importing African lions – whether dead or alive, parts or whole – has been tightly regulated ever since lions were given protection under the Endangered Species Act in January 2016. This is the first time that a lion trophy from Tanzania is being imported into the United States under the ESA – and it might not be the last.
Humane Society International has been critical of the Trump administration’s trophy hunting policies. Lori welcomes Iris Ho, HSI’s senior specialist for wildlife programs and policy, discusses why her organization opposes this lion import and other related actions taken by the administration, why trophy hunting is not a legitimate method of conservation, and what is being done to save animals from being killed for bragging rights and selfies.
Iris recommends supporting HR2245, the Cecil Act, which would ensure the US does not promote trophy hunting of endangered wild animals. Contact your representative and ask them to co-sponsor the bill, or to support it when it comes up for a vote. Iris explains that the bill is named after Cecil, the legendary lion who was hunted and brutally killed, and after Iris signs off, Lori provides more detail about Cecil’s killer, the prolific hunter, Dr. Walter Palmer.
Then, a new survey from Wallet Hub cites the most pet friendly cities as Scottsdale, Orlando, and Tampa; some of the worst cities include Detroit, Aurora (CO) and Nashville. We conclude with news stories: Ohio names the shelter animal as its state animal, testing for blue-green algae, the Swiss have special laws to combat pet loneliness, and more.