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Testimony For SB-1487 Iconic African Species Protection Act

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By:  Sam Jojola

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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. More

Trophy Hunting Threatened Species Travesty

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by: Sam Jojola

Post updated 11/18

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  1. “The proposal is a monumental waste of money due to Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) who has helped push five (5) bills from the Natural Resources Committee that would conceivably dismantle the Endangered Species Act over a period of time. The ESA plays a major part of wildlife conservation. It would make more sense to form a council to fight these destructive proposals that would destroy the ESA or have the Secretary of Interior request Rep. Rob Bishop to resign. If Rep. Rob Bishop has his way to “invalidate” the ESA, imagine trying to protect wildlife and regulate hunting. Dismantling the ESA in any form or fashion is destroying large fragile ecosystems at the expense of wildlife resources for future generations.”

 

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

On November 8, 2017, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council. The devil is in the details and what will follow in days, weeks and months to come will shape this Council and their priorities. Since the Council involves aspects of conservation, hunting and law enforcement, I wonder if Council heads will be selected from recognized leading experts in those three areas of focus. I am particularly concerned how the Council will deal with the ESA’s foreign listed species and import permits that are mentioned in this press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

I believe the creation of this Council comes at a very bad time given the recent news of Zimbabwe’s regime shakeup and the most recent proposal for the U.S. to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe. I hope now that President Trump has moved to keep the ban in place, that he and Secretary Zinke will consider keeping the ban given the current developing instability of Zimbabwe over the past several days: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/trump-puts-decision-allow-elephant-hunting-trophy-imports-hold-022152590.html

Five illegal Leopard trophies entering U.S. in 2008 detail Zimbabwe’s corruption

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Grizzly Bear Delisting: Scientific Misconduct Corrupts Wildlife Management

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Sam Jojola, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent (retired)

WAN:  Contrary to what Washington D.C. wildlife bureaucrats have said for the past decades, politics have and will, in many cases, trump science.   Especially when it comes to the latter part of a political administration when, miraculously, some species have an amazing “recovery” and can either be delisted, or not listed at all.

The USFWS proposed the delisting of the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone Ecosystem as of March 3rd.  The world will be watching how this decision plays out in the months ahead, and any failures will be inherited by the new presidential administration.  Perfect! Impeccable timing!

The 50 or so grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem in Montana are not being considered by USFWS for greater protection, and will not be upgraded from a threatened to endangered status (http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/02/15/conservationists-sues-cabinet-yaak-grizzly-bears/).  The grizzlies in this ecosystem have been plagued by hunters mistaking them for black bears, but also are threatened by malicious kills and other man inflicted causes.

USFWS bureaucrats historically over several decades have completely lost the trust of the American public in numerous decisions involving delisting and listing procedures for a variety of species of concern.  Political meddling into science- based wildlife is a long-ongoing documented pattern within USFWS upper level management.

Just Google the words “scientific misconduct by USFWS”, and one can see a continuous pattern of political selling out of wildlife resources, scientific fraud, whistleblower retaliation, and many cases of cronyism (catering to special interest groups like the wind power industry, Safari Club International, and others).

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