Bill Introduced to Prohibit the Import and Export of Animals Protected Under the ESA

The CECIL (Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act) Act would amend the Endangered Species Act to ban all imports and exports of any animal listed or proposed to be listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act except when the country in which the animal was killed meets more rigorous standards of conservation efforts and transparency. The bill also proposes to prohibit all importations of elephants and lions from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, or Zambia.