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SCI RESPONDS TO UK PARLIAMENT PROPOSAL TO BAN TROPHY IMPORTS

Safari Club International

Safari  Club International has learned of an effort to fast-track an  importation ban on many, if not all hunting trophies into the UK. 
  
The  move was announced by the Minister for International Wildlife Zac  Goldsmith. Under the new policy, hunters from the UK will no longer be  able to bring heads, skins, or other body parts of wild animals from  around the world.
  
On  September 29, Safari Club International sent a letter to Minister  Goldsmith and others outlining our great concern over the pending move  along with several recommendations including the essential component of  engaging with the environmental ministries of the countries that manage  the wildlife that will be affected by a potential ban, including  Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and  Zimbabwe. It was emphasized that these countries should be consulted in  order to fully understand the impact that a UK importation ban will have  on the success of their conservation efforts. 
  
At  the same time, a second letter was sent to the embassies and ministers  of the seven African countries that would be affected, notifying them of  the issue and offering assistance in making contact with UK officials.
  
Recently  133 wildlife experts, in a letter to SCIENCE Magazine, placed  scientific evidence over subjective sensitivities to recognize the  importance of hunting in wildlife conservation.  The authors also  advised governments not to take actions that would undermine existing  well-managed hunting programs.  Although some of the wildlife experts  admitted their personal discomfort with hunting, they noted that a  “conservation policy that is not based on science threatens habitat and  biodiversity and risks disempowering and impoverishing rural  communities.”
  
SCI  encourages anyone with friends or associates in the UK wishing to  making their voice known, to please direct them to find their MP at this  link: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ 
  
They should act quickly and make sure their MP: 
 – Listens to the locals who manage the species
 – Understands that revenue from legal hunting is used to fund conservation efforts 
 – Recognizes that poaching is the real threat           
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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. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.             

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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