New York Anti-Hunting Bill Defeated

by
posted on June 29, 2015
zambia_lion_hunting.jpg (1)

The NRA recently led the charge to defeat New York Senate Bill 4686, an anti-hunting bill backed by animal “rights” groups. The bill would have banned the importation, possession, sale or transportation of the “Big Five African Species” to include hunting trophies. The bill defined the “Big Five African Species” as the African elephant, African lion, African leopard, black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros. In the final rush of the legislative session, the bill received a favorable Senate vote on June 17. However, Senate leadership quickly realized the misguided proposal in the bill, and the Senate vote was reconsidered. Within hours, the bill’s passage was cancelled. There was never a companion bill in the New York Assembly. The bill is dead and the legislative session has adjourned.

Earlier this month, the Senate recalled Senate Bill 4686, sponsored by Senator Tony Avella (D-11). According to the bill’s definition, the “Big Five African Species” means the African elephant, African lion, African leopard, black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros. 

The NRA actively opposed the legislation as it would have prevent hunters in New York from participating in legal hunting activity and bringing home their trophies. It would have also had a deleterious impact on these species by restricting sportsmen who are willing to invest tens of thousands of dollars for these hunts. This money is a critical component of wildlife conservation efforts in Africa. Furthermore, the importation of these trophies (like any species listed under CITES Appendix I, II, or III) is already strictly regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The NRA supports efforts to conserve all wildlife species and to stop poaching, but the proposed ban of the import, possession, sale or transportation in New York of lawfully obtained “Big Five African Species” would not affect illegal activity in Africa.

Latest

FL Marlin Model 1895 SBL Lead
FL Marlin Model 1895 SBL Lead

New for 2022: Ruger-Made Marlin 1895 SBL

The first Marlin to be produced at Ruger’s factory, the new 1895 SBL, with its classic style and rugged reliability, lives up to the hype.

First Look: Realtree Max-7 Camouflage

Realtree has designed Max-7 to conceal hunters in virtually every scenario and any waterfowl environment.

First Look: Leica Geovid Pro 32 Rangefinding Binocular

Leica launches its iconic Geovid rangefinding binocular in new compact, lightweight size with added functionality.

First Look: Winchester Blind Side 2 Waterfowl Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition has introduced Blind Side 2 waterfowl shotshells. Similar to their predecessors, they utilize hex-shaped shot, but are differentiated by a nickel-plated head and Drylok wad system

First Look: Legacy Pointer Acrius Cerakote Over/Under Series

Legacy Sports Int’l and Pointer Shotguns have collaborated to create the Acrius Cerakote Over/Under series.

Winchester Ammunition Debuts Copper Impact Ammunition

Winchester has launched its Copper Impact rifle and slug ammunition line, now offering even more calibers and heavy-hitting bullet weights for big-game hunting.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.