Ban “Game Trophies” of Endangered and Threatened Species Through New York Region Airports


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This is a step in the right direction:

Under Sen. Brad Hoylman’s bill, remains of threatened or endangered species would be barred from going through airports controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.

Because it’s a Port Authority rule, Senator Hoylman’s bill has to be passed in New Jersey, and Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Bergen County will be the sponsor. Politically speaking, it is possible New York Senate Republicans may not give it a vote (because it’s sponsored by a Democrat), but I doubt it. The most likely hurdle is Governor Chris Christie, who would have to sign it into law in New Jersey.

To be clear, this bill would not ban all “game trophies,” only those of species that have been deemed legally endangered or threatened. Also to be clear, it would be nice if our Congress would do this nationally, but John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are incapable or unwilling to pass anything of any value through either house of Congress, so states will have to do this. New York regional airports are a great place to start because of the volume of international traffic that come into the region. By banning these specific “game trophies” in that region, you greatly impact the economic market of transporting these trophies into the U.S. You aren’t making it impossible, but you are making it more expensive to do so, and less attractive as a result. This bill should become law.

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