JULY, 2013 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter


July 12, 2013

  Member Survey:  HELP SCI Members WIN On Issues Important to the American Sportsman

SCI is seeking members’ views on the role of government in preserving our hunting heritage.  This information will help SCI determine SCI’s position on three important areas and where to direct our resources. Please help us by participating in a short survey.  It should take no more than 2 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, and would help SCI with strategies moving forward.

The survey can be completed here:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWDD92F

Animal “Protection” Groups Doing Little to Protect African Lions

Washington, D.C. — Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) exposed the hypocrisy of four animal rights groups in a new report released last week. The report, “Keeping the Lion’s Share” counters a previous “study” questioning the role of hunters in helping African communities, and calling for African lions to be listed by the U.S. government as an endangered species. The report points to figures that show the millions of dollars contributed by hunters to African communities dwarf the paltry expenditures by the animal rights groups in sub-Saharan Africa.

View the report here: http://member.safariclubfoundation.org/Keeping-The-Lions-Share

  Scientists Tell U.S. FWS African Lion Is Not Endangered

Washington, DC – On June 26th, Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) participated in an exclusive workshop hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). SCI Foundation Conservation Chair Dr. Al Maki outlined current conservation efforts across the lion’s range and focused on Tanzania’s successful management of the species.  Experts on the status of the African lion explained to the FWS that the African lion is not on the brink of extinction. Their testimony contradicts the claims in a petition filed by several anti-hunting groups asking the service to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.


  Safari Club International Hosts Briefing For Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus on Hunting Heritage Legislation

Washington, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) hosted a breakfast briefing for the leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to discuss priority legislation for America’s hunters and anglers.  The focus of the briefing was on H.R. 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, introduced by Congressman Dan Benishek (MI).  H.R. 1825 will secure permanent protection for hunting, fishing and sport shooting on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.  SCI’s Director of Government Affairs, Melissa Simpson addressed the legislators about SCI’s priorities on Capitol Hill.  Other speakers included Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives Bob Latta (OH) and Bennie Thompson (MS), and their colleagues Representatives Rob Wittman (VA), and Tim Walz (MN).  SCI was pleased to offer a forum for these leaders to discuss their plans for bringing H.R. 1825 to a vote in the full House.



  Litigation Update

Safari Club recently submitted comments on the following issues:

  • New Jersey Draft 2013-2014 Game Code – SCI supported the Draft Game Code in general and, in particular supported the continued inclusion of a black bear harvest. 
  • Draft Revised Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan – SCI and SCIF supported the proposed supplement to the recovery plan that should lead to a better informed delisting decision.
  • Proposed Rule to List the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) as Threatened – SCI and SCIF continued to oppose the proposal to list the LPC as threatened under the ESA.

  Legends of Talent Entertain at the 2014 SCI Hunters’ Convention

Las Vegas, NV - Those attending the 2014 annual SCI Hunters’ Convention at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will be entertained by some of the most widely known musicians and comedians in the industry. Each evening of the four-day show, entertainers known worldwide will highlight the dinners. Tickets are limited to the dinners so anyone interested needs to register to attend the convention and book tickets for the evening events. 

Registration is now open at:  www.showsci.org