(This was in regards to thanking Senator Durbin for his support for protecting the ESA, and also for speaking out against Trophy hunting including the recent coyote contests in Illinois)
(As you can tell, it is a generic reply stating the obvious as well as what we already know and contacted him about in the first place!)
February 28, 2017
Dear Mr. Lopes:
Thank you for contacting me about the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act. I appreciate hearing from you and share your concerns.
The CECIL Animal Trophies Act was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) bans the importation of trophies from animals that are listed as threatened or endangered. The CECIL Animal Trophies Act would extend this prohibition to animals proposed for listing as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In July of 2015, an African Lion named Cecil was lured from a protected game reserve and killed by an American sport-hunter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed classifying the African Lions as threatened under the ESA in October of 2014, but had not finalized the proposal.
The CECIL Animal Trophies Act was referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. I am not a member of this committee, but I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers this issue.
I share your concerns about protecting endangered and threatened species. The conservation and development of life on this planet will be one of the most important legacies we leave to future generations. Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator
(For those that live in Illinois: If you have any concerns please contact me and I will pass them on to Senator Durbin!)