Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cecil The Lion and New Jersey

All the media coverage of the death in Africa of Cecil the Lion, seems to have also brought attention to a New Jersey bill to protect endangered species.

New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D) announced last week that he will file a bill during the state's next legislative session that would ban transporting animal carcasses of endangered or threatened species through airports overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports).

A second bill would add "threatened" species to an existing New Jersey law that prohibits the possession or transport of endangered species.

Earlier in the week, media reports that an American, Walter Palmer, paid $55,000 for a "hunt" in which the well-known lion was lured from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe to a nearby hunting zone made news worldwide. After a two-day stalking, the lion was shot by Palmer with bow and arrow.

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