May 4, 2016
Senator Lesniak’s Trophy Hunting Import Bills Conditionally Vetoed by Governor Chris Christie
Two bills banning the importation of hunting trophies, S. 977 and S. 978, were conditionally vetoed on Monday, May 2. These bills, introduced by Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-20, shine the spotlight on the wanton cruelty of trophy hunting inflicted on endangered and critically endangered species.
Brian Hackett, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement: “Sen. Lesniak’s legislation is designed to eliminate the in-state market for the products and parts from certain treasured animals. This measure sends a clear message to our country and the world – that New Jersey wants no part in the plundering of African wildlife by poachers, traffickers or trophy hunters.”
Sen. Lesniak was the sponsor of an ivory ban in New Jersey, which thanks to the support of the legislature and Governor, was the first state in the country to do so.
The United States is among the world’s top markets for wildlife products and the largest importer of hunting trophies.
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