Combatting Wildlife Trafficking (Connecticut)

An Act Prohibiting The Import, Sale And Possession Of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, [Rhinoceros] And Giraffes (SB 925)

Restricts the import, possession, sale, or transportation of body parts of African elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinos, white rhinos, and giraffes in the state

Updated

March 25, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Pending

Wildlife trafficking abroad does not exist in a vacuum. It concerns every link in the trade chain, from the countries where the animals live, to transit points, to marketplaces — including states across the U.S. Especially as markets in other states are closing, Connecticut remains a contributor to the wildlife trafficking crisis.

An Act Prohibiting The Import, Sale And Possession Of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros And Giraffes (SB 925) largely bans the import, possession, sale, or transportation of body parts of the “Big Six” African species, including African elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinos, white rhinos, and giraffes, in Connecticut. It would assist with the global fight to stem wildlife poaching and trafficking by helping to dry up demand for the animal parts and products in the state. Trophy hunters often pay tens of thousands of dollars to kill wild animals and bring parts of their bodies back as “trophies.” SB 925 also removes the incentive for trophy hunters to kill these iconic species.

SB 925 includes exemptions for possession of covered wildlife species, body parts, and products if possessed prior to the effective date and a timely certificate of possession is obtained from the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, for their display in a museum, and for inheritance by an heir or beneficiary so long as they do not subsequently sell or trade the specimen and a timely certificate  of possession is obtained. SB 925 does not apply to the import, possession, sale, and transport of ivory; the import, transport, possession of a live Big Six African species by zoos or circuses, or transportation, purchase, exhibition, or use of any animal in the production of movies, television, or digital media. The full description of these exemptions and limited applications are described in the bill text.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25th) and the Environment Committee introduced SB 925, It is co-sponsored by Representatives Bobby G. Gibson (D-15th), David Michel (D-146th), Anne M. Hughes (D-135th), Mitch Bolinsky (R-106th), Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105th), David K. Labriola (R-131st), Lucy Dathan (D-142nd), Dorinda Borer (D-115th), Michael A. Winkler (D-56th), John “Jack” F. Hennessy (D-127th) and Senator Derek Slap (D-5th).

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