CA Senate Leader Kevin de León & Social Compassion In Legislation Rally Leading Animal AdvocatesTo Denounce Trump’s Plan To Reverse Endangered Species Protections & Announce Proactive Plan For Crafting New legislation
While President Trump temporarily put plans on hold to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants that they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, California State Senate president pro tempore Kevin de León and Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL) are moving full steam ahead rallying opposition to the unfathomable ruling while also researching and crafting new legislation against it.
“President Trump’s delay in overturning the ban enacted in 2014 by the Obama administration does little to calm the growing outrage of animal advocates. It appears to be a ploy to defuse the impassioned and negative attention that last week’s announcement garnered and allow the administration to quietly overturn the ban at a later date,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion In Legislation. “A strategy that seems to have worked well for the administration before after little-known news was released that U.S. wildlife officials had already begun issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe on October 20th of this year.”
African elephants have been under siege for decades, targeted by ivory poachers and legal hunters, and in parts of the continent, their numbers have dropped perilously. According to the Great Elephant Census, the elephant population dropped by 30% from 2007 to 2014, a loss of 144,000 elephants. Across Zimbabwe, it fell 6%, and substantial declines have been recorded along the Zambezi River in Zambia.
“It is appalling that Trump is considering overturning a U.S. ban vital to protecting the declining populations of elephants in Africa,” stated de León. “We banned the sale of ivory in our state decades ago, and two years ago we closed a loophole that allowed traffic in ivory to continue. I’ll work closely with my colleagues to ensure these actions by the White House does not undermine our State’s compassion and progress.“
Social Compassion In Legislation, the leading non-profit in creating legislation that protects animals and saves lives, is presently researching and crafting a bill along with de León to ensure that, regardless of Trump’s decision or the whims of any future presidents, California will never allow such perversely obtained trophies into the state.
Monday’s highly-anticipated press conference which is taking place on the steps outside of Los Angeles City Hall is already garnering significant support from local politicians and A-List animal advocates.
Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz will be on hand to speak at the Press Conference along with de León and Mancuso as well as Katie Cleary, founder of Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News, Simone Reyes, Vice President of Social Compassion In Legislation, Candice Kim, campaign director with the Center for Biological Diversity in Los Angeles, and award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell founder of JaneUnchained.
“While public outrage has forced Trump to temporarily retreat from the despicable decision of his underlings, it takes more than a couple tweets to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering lions and elephant,” said Candice Kim, campaign director with the Center for Biological Diversity in Los Angeles. “Any decision to allow trophy imports from Zimbabwe is clearly illegal and we will do everything we can to ensure such imports are officially prohibited.”
A who’s who of celebrity animal advocates will also participate with Michelle Rodriguez and Kat Von D speaking at the conference while others like Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Geezer Butler will silently show their support as attendees.