Category Archives: Safari Club International (SCI)

Victory In Elephant Import Lawsuit

 

SCI, NRA Score Victory In Elephant Import Lawsuit

First-for-Wildlife-SCI-logo-header-9b60e0a5-7538-4c42-b4d7-a69e258e2029Chalk-up a win for Safari Club International and National Rifle Association of America in the continuing saga of the elephant trophy import question.

The road to complete victory continues, but SCI and the NRA have forced the government to do real fact-finding and not react to emotion from the antihunters.  Although the ban on imports remains in effect until the government finishes its rule-making, SCI, the NRA and other hunting organizations now have a chance to get the real story of hunting-based sustainable use conservation on the table.

SCI and NRA received excellent news Dec. 22 from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The court ruled in favor on a key claim in SCI’s and NRA’s 2014 elephant importation litigation.  In that case, SCI and NRA sued the previous administration for imposing on April 4, 2014 an abrupt ban on elephant importation from Zimbabwe.

In its 33-page opinion, the D.C. Circuit reversed an earlier unfavorable ruling issued by the lower court.  The appellate court ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should have conducted notice and comment rulemaking before abandoning almost two decades of a formal position that the import of legally hunted trophies enhanced the survival of the African elephants in Zimbabwe.

The FWS had adopted negative enhancement findings for elephants harvested in 2014 and 2015.  SCI and NRA sued, at least in part, because the FWS’s negative findings prevented U.S. hunters from importing Zimbabwe elephants harvested in those years.

Although the court determined that the previous administration had acted illegally, it will take some time before we know the effect the ruling will have on the ability of individuals to import elephants from Zimbabwe.

It is also uncertain how the FWS will respond to the court’s ruling and how long the entire process could take if and when the FWS engages in further rulemaking on the importation of elephants harvested in Zimbabwe in 2014 and 2015.  It is possible that the government will decide not to do anything, but that opens the door for hunting organizations to file petitions to try to force the government to propose a rule to lift the ban.  Questions also remain about how this ruling will affect the decision-making process for the importation of other species for which the FWS has made or will make enhancement findings.

While some things about the practical impact of the ruling remain in question – there is no question that the D.C. Circuit’s ruling is a victory for SCI, NRA and all those who recognize that hunting plays an essential role in conserving Africa’s wildlife.  The court’s opinion requires the FWS to include the public, including the hunting public, in the process of decision-making that affects the importation of legally-hunted wildlife.

Hunters and organizations like SCI and NRA will be able to provide information about the role that hunting plays in species management and conservation.  The FWS will not be able to impose uninformed, abrupt importation bans, like it did in 2014.

SCI and NRA will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org
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Trump’s Decision To Protect Public Land Access

SCI Supports President Trump’s Decision

To Protect Public Land Access

SCI first for hunters logoTUCSON, ARIZONA—Safari Club International today announced support for the decision by President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to protect access to public lands in Utah. Following a review of 27 National Monuments, President Trump announced he intends to reduce the size of Bear Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

“We at Safari Club International (SCI) applaud the decision of President Trump and Secretary Zinke to protect access to millions of acres of public land in Utah. We are thankful that this administration — unlike the previous — conducted a thorough review of these monuments, and listened to the input of hunters and sportsmen when making this important decision. With this announcement, the Trump Administration is affirming the benefit of traditional land uses, such as hunting and recreational shooting, to our nation’s resource management,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.

The creation of a National Monument does not necessarily end hunting on the federal lands involved.  Monument designation, however, can limit hunting opportunities and restrict access to hunting opportunities.  On more than one occasion, the creation of a National Monument has temporarily or permanently put an end to long-standing hunting opportunities.  Roads that provided access to hunting opportunities have been closed, for example.

The process has not always included the hunting community to help decide if and how hunting will continue on the new Monument lands.  The decision by the President and the Secretary recognizes the need to involve all stakeholders in the process for establishing Monuments and regulating their use.  SCI will work with the Administration to help protect the existing hunting opportunities on the lands within and near the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante Monuments.

SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent 930,414 sportsmen and women. Worldwide SCI has 51,000 members and 8,613,742 represented through our Affiliate Membership.

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

Position On Elephant Import Issue Calrified by SCI President

SCI President Clarifies Position On Elephant Import Issue

The Press has been full of conjecture about SCI’s reaction to President Trump’s request that Secretary Ryan Zinke place a hold on the issuance of import permits for elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia.  SCI President Paul Babaz put an end to that conjecture with the following statement:

“SCI was very pleased when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made findings that the importation of legally-hunted elephants enhances the survival of the species.  While SCI was disappointed to learn that the President requested a hold on importation permits issued under authority of the two enhancement findings, we understand that the President and Secretary Zinke wish to make certain that the facts and law support the positive enhancement findings.  We respect the President for taking the initiative to delve into the science behind those findings.  SCI remains confident that, given the opportunity, we can help the President reach the same conclusions that the Department of the Interior and, in particular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have reached – that hunting and importation of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia not only cause no harm to the species, but that these activities enhance species survival.  SCI will continue to work with the President, the Secretary, the FWS and the entire Administration to find ways to acknowledge and facilitate the beneficial role that hunting plays for wildlife, including, and especially, species like the African elephant.  SCI stands ready to respond to the President’s questions and concerns.  We will continue to work with this Administration and to help it to support, protect and defend hunting and sustainable use conservation.”

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona • Washington, District of Columbia • Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to Allow Importation of Elephants

SCI Statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to Allow Importation of Elephants
TUCSON, ARIZONA—Safari Club International today released the following statement on the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Allow the Importation of Elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
“We at Safari Club International (SCI) applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Trump Administration for their decision to approve importation permits of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Thanks to conservation efforts and wildlife management projects—many of which are supported by our sister organization, the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF)—the path was paved for this monumental decision. With this decision, FWS is affirming the benefits of hunting to the conservation of species and the management of wildlife worldwide,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.
SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent 930,414 sportsmen and women. Worldwide SCI has 51,000 members and 8,613,742 represented through our Affiliate Membership.
Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

SCI/SCIF and Pursuit Channel Promote Hunting And Wildlife Conservation

SCI/SCIF Partner With Pursuit Channel To Promote Hunting And Wildlife Conservation

 

Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) announced today that they have partnered with the Pursuit Channel to promote hunting and sustainable-use wildlife conservation.  The partnership will include new programming, advertising and opportunities for both organizations to work together to share their messaging and promote conservation to the Pursuit Channel’s growing global audience.

“We look forward to working with our new partners at the pursuit channel to get the word out on the positive impact hunting has on wildlife and wild places,” said SCIF President Warren A. Sackman, III.  “By combining our resources, we will be able to better share the larger picture of how hunting and science-based conservation promote sustainability worldwide.”

The agreement highlights the Pursuit Channel’s dedication to and support of the hunting community and wildlife conservation.  By helping to get the word out, they have taken the lead in providing accurate and timely information aimed at combatting the trend toward political correctness that threatens wildlife and wild places around the globe.

“SCI is dedicated to promoting hunting and ensuring that wildlife and the traditions we hold close to heart are protected for generations to come,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.  “We are very pleased that the Pursuit Channel has stepped up and joined us in the fight for hunters’ rights and sustainable-use.  We applaud them for their efforts and look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

The Pursuit Channel has a long history of promoting hunting and outdoor sports.  CEO/Founder Rusty Faulk has been in the outdoor industry for over 25 years, hosting Rusty Faulk Outdoors, and has continued to be one of the most outspoken supporters of the industry.

“Like SCI/F, we at Pursuit live by the Fred Bear quote ‘If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it,'” said Faulk.  “SCI/F fights every moment, shining the undeniable science of conservation against the propaganda spread by the ignorant.  For that, we salute SCI/F and vow to stand beside them with all the resources of Pursuit in this never-ending global fight.”

Moving forward, both groups will continue to provide engaging and relevant content through the continued association with the Pursuit Channel and hope that supporters will join in thanking Rusty and the Pursuit Channel for their unwavering support and dedication to both hunting and wildlife conservation.  Working together, we can make a difference and ensure that the future of wildlife and the hunting traditions are protected for generations to come.

 

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

Safari Club International Foundation –

SCI-foundation SCIFis a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Any contribution may tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 170(c) as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law. Tax deductible amount of gift is reduced by the “Fair market Value” of any goods, services, or advantages that a sponsor receives for the donation.  EIN #86-0292099

Pursuit Channel –

pursuit-logo-black.jpgwww.pursuitchannel.com, available in more than 43 million U.S. television households, including 1080i HD linear and OTT feeds, is the only audited outdoors television network viewable to every DIRECTV (604 PRST) DISH Network (393 PRST) Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-Verse and Century Link subscribers.  Pursuit Channel is also available in full HD via ROKU and Chrome Cast platforms. MOOSE Media directs sales and marketing efforts for Pursuit Channel.

 


SCI Members, Chapters Deliver Hurricane Relief In Texas

SCI Members, Chapters Deliver Hurricane Relief In Texas

Tucson, AZ – Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) announced that they are working with state and local officials in the hurricane-ravaged areas. SCI chapters and members are on the ground, helping with hurricane relief as they continue to raise money needed to help both humans and wildlife in the Lone Star state.

The Houston the Texas Brush Country Chapters are right in the middle of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Since the storm first hit, they have been on the ground, working tirelessly to rescue people in need and are now starting the recovery process. The costs of these efforts are tremendous.

SCI & SCIF are participating in the effort through an SCIF Blue Bag Initiative.

While there are many places to help, these chapters have two very specific initiatives they want to participate in and fund.

The Brush Country Chapter, along with SCIF staff, has been in contact with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.  At least four game wardens have completely lost their homes.  At least 13 more have extensive damage.

To date, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has assisted 69 employees of TPWD, with many more needing help.  TPWD has already spent the $200,000 they had available and need up to another $200,000 in that effort. This initiative covers all affected areas along the coast.  The Texas Brush Country Chapter is channeling its financial efforts to filling this need.

The Houston Chapter will be working with working class neighborhoods to provide building materials for those without flood insurance who are in immediate need.  Neighborhoods and potential recipients have already been identified. They now need the funds to make a real difference.

Both chapters are using their own chapter and personal money on these and other efforts already.  There is so much to do that they simply cannot do it alone.

SCI Director At Large C.J. Sibert has challenged other chapters and members to help with the cause.

“My chapter, The West Texas SCI Chapter, wants to step up and help our neighbors to the East,” he said.  “We are donating $10,000 to SCIF to be distributed to both chapters.  I am also personally donating $10,000 to SCIF for the same thing. I am challenging everyone out there to match, exceed, or give what you can to their efforts.”

To donate online, please go to the link below and select Hurricane Relief under Apply My Donation.  We will be watching and will make sure it goes to the right place and providing updates as they become available.

“Also, feel free to reach out to let us know what you have done,” Sibert explained. “It would surely be nice to show these communities what SCI and SCIF are doing for them.  Let’s show these communities that Texans help Texans, Hunters help Hunters, and finally that People help People!”

Click here to donate, or visit SafariClubFoundation.org to learn more

For further information, contact SCI Foundation at scifoundation@firstforwildlife.org

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

Hunters Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) and SCI Foundation have joined with the SCI Houston Chapter, the Texas Brush Country Chapter and other relief organizations to offer support in dealing with the continuing storm-related situation in East Texas and Louisiana.
“We have mobilized and currently have people on the ground and en route to the affected areas to better coordinate with state and local officials and determine where we can best supply support,” said SCI Foundation Advisory Board Member C.J. Sibert as he headed to the affected areas.

“Our team will be carefully assessing the needs in cooperation with other agencies to determine when and where our help can best be utilized,” said SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman.

“The impact to the people and wildlife of the affected areas will be huge and ongoing,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.  “It is our hope that we will be able to help in a way that will provide immediate support in the short-term and continued support as needed.”

SCI/SCIF will provide updates via e-mail, social media, webpages and blogs as more information becomes available.

Make a donation to the cause today by going to the SCI Foundation Donate Page HERE and entering HARVEY in the APPLY TO “OTHER” field on the donation form.  If you have questions, please email scifoundation@firstforwildlife.org.

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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visitwww.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.

Safari Club International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Any contribution may tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 170(c) as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law. Tax deductible amount of gift is reduced by the “Fair market Value” of any goods, services, or advantages that a sponsor receives for the donation.  EIN #86-0292099


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