Stern legislation to protect African species passes committee – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

A bill introduced by State Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, to protect African species passed the Senate’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday afternoon.

S.B. 1487, the Iconic African Species Protection Act, would make California to prohibit the possession of the body parts of eleven endangered species, including lions, elephants, rhinoceroses and giraffes, that have been heavily targeted by trophy hunters and animal traffickers. The bill is very opposed by the National Rifle Association and follows a decision earlier this year by the Trump administration to allow importation of lion and elephant trophies, reversing an earlier ban.

“The choice is pretty simple. Where do you think these animals belong? Is it out in the wild, or is it above your mantle?” Stern…

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