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Lawmakers to propose 'CECIL' Act following lion's death

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Lawmakers are considering a bill that curb the killing of animals for trophies.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said on Friday that he’s joining with Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey and Ben Cardin of Maryland to propose the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act.

CECIL comes from the African lion that investigators believe was lured outside of a National Park in Zimbabwe earlier this week and shot by an American hunter.

“The hunting and poaching of endangered species is a reprehensible and repugnant act,” Blumenthal said. “The death of this beloved lion was a preventable tragedy that demonstrates the urgent need to protect precious and all too often vulnerable wildlife.”

Blumenthal went on to say that the country cannot continue to allow innocent animals to be threatened by trophy killing.

“We must ensure that generations to come can experience and enjoy everything nature has to offer,” he said. “I am proud to join my colleagues on this measure that will provide critical protections to animals across the globe.”

Last year, Blumenthal said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

However, no protections have been finalized.

Blumenthal said the CECIL Animal Trophies Act would extend the import and export protections for a species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

In Cecil the lion’s case, the senator said it would prohibit the import of any trophies gleaned from the animal’s death without obtaining a permit from the secretary of the interior.

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