Anti-Hunting politicians are becoming more and more extreme. Last month they have proposed laws that equate killing a coyote to killing a person. Now politicians in New York are trying to in act a ban on the import of big five animals from Africa, and if you defy this ban the penalty would be the same as abusing a child.
According to the Sportsmen’s Alliance, New York Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Upper West Side) has introduced Assembly Bill 7556, which would make the importation or possession of Africa’s Big 5 trophies a Class E Felony. Africa’s Big 5 species include African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceros, and cape buffalo. Enactment of AB 7556 would punish those importing a legally hunted African species the same as those who commit child abuse, rape, aggravated assault, and arson.
AB 7556 is the latest of radical anti-hunting legislation that would treat hunters as felons. Similar legislation has been introduced in Connecticut, and a Nevada coyote contest bill also would have treated coyote hunters as felons.
Of course, none of these bills are based on science. They are based purely on emotion. Hunting for big game in Africa is tightly regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which only issues import permits for hunts that occur in countries that maintain sound conservation plans. A hunter who wishes to pursue a species of the Big 5 must secure proper permits from both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the range country where he or she would hunt.
If they wanted to actually see these animals survive for future generations to see they would support conservation. All these laws do is take money out of conservation efforts. They make good people on the ground try and do more with less.
These laws will be the downfall of African animals not regulated hunting.