By:  Sam Jojola



In late June, I was humbled when asked to testify before the California State Assembly in Sacramento in support of the above critical legislation initially proposed by Senator Henry Stern.  I am very thankful for Judie Mancuso, Founder, CEO and President for Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL) who believed in me and asked me for my support in SB-1487.

Nicholaus Sackett, a Sacramento attorney who is instrumental in SCIL’s continued success with legislative issues also provided key testimony for SB-1487.

Two opponents who represented interests of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Safari Club International (SCI) also testified.

For years I have felt like a voice in the wilderness echoing concerns based on my professional expertise and opinion of the illicit wildlife trade’s continuous and unabated expansion across the globe.

With a time limit of a little over two minutes I reflected on significant key issues that are impacting wildlife globally and what happened historically to a species that numbered in the billions to complete extinction to just over a hundred years.

The Passenger Pigeon was historically chronicled through its demise due to deforestation and prolific over hunting and should remind humanity that even species that are prolific can become endangered and extinct.

After many revisions, I opened my testimony with the world’s expanding population that I believe is a key component to climate change.

It was a great experience.  This critical legislation will hopefully pass through the final stages of the Sacramento state legislature and on to Governor Brown for his signature.

My testimony is attached to the end of this article.

Climate Change, 9/11, Turmoil, Wildlife Resources and Legislative Impacts

Life is truly unpredictable and world leaders can and will often focus on one scenario to address a key problem and years later the unforeseen happens.

Former President Reagan denied the existence of climate change and focused on the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983, named “Star Wars” that over four decades cost $209 billion dollars.  Perhaps climate change should be changed to an acronym like “EPIC” (Excessive Population Impacting Climate) because population numbers are real, expanding globally and affecting climate, which is truly epic!

“Star Wars” preparation did not save our country from 9/11.  No one could ever predict that 19 evil terrorists would have brought the U.S. temporarily to its knees with a demonic plan, a series of box cutters, and takeover of domestic bound flights that killed nearly 3,000 and injured over 6,000 people that will be felt for generations.

The turmoil across the planet and within our political system and other politically systems globally magnifies that humanity is deeply conflicted with anger, pain, sorrow and division of how to resolve rising conflicts across the globe amidst competition for the world’s limited resources.

Diminishing wildlife resources and impacts to larger wildlife species signal the need to address these issues from a federal and state level where leaders can work together for meaningful solutions along with NGO’s.

Dismantling and removing protections of wildlife resources for the benefit of various industries by political meddling with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is a waste of taxpayer money that will be proven.  There are already plenty of exemptions and loopholes in enforcement of the ESA and the MBTA “incidental take” provision has been under attack since the early1990’s.

Readers can review a previous article that I wrote in January, 2017 and see my thoughts on “incidental take” with respect to the wind industry back then and links to my thoughts in 2012

Currently, there are a number of states that are considering bills to address wildlife trafficking

The federal government and NGO’s can’t do it alone.   States that are considering passing wildlife trafficking legislation or have already passed legislation are critical to address the prolific wildlife trade that has grown exponentially since the early 1990’s.

“Only when the last of the animals horns, tusks and bones have been sold, will mankind realize that money can never buy back our wildlife.”

-Paul Oxton(Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation)


Sam Jojola