On Friday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would end the importation of elephant semen and elephant tissues from South Africa, a move that would send a powerful message to African nations that they will no longer have access to the endangered species.
The bill passed by a vote of 215-206, and Simpson said the bill was necessary because of the increasing epidemic of the disease known as elephant butte and other species of wild elephants that have been killed or severely damaged by the disease.
“It is a signal to the African nations, to the rest of the world, that the U,S.
is going to enforce its law, is going in and doing what it takes to bring down the disease that is killing the African elephant population,” Simpson said in a statement.
The law would prohibit all imports of semen and tissue from the continent and prohibit the import of ivory from South African elephants.
Simpson said he’s concerned that African nations could end up paying millions of dollars to South African officials for permits to import elephant parts from other countries.
“They could potentially have to pay that money out of their own pocket, and I don’t think the African governments are going to want to pay the price,” Simpson told CNNMoney.
The elephant meat industry is facing a crisis as its export market has collapsed due to a decline in demand from consumers, who are increasingly demanding smaller portions.
Elephant meat is considered a delicacy in many parts of the African continent, but is considered highly dangerous and illegal in the U