In light of a recent article published in the Daily Mail, Safari Club International is reiterating its position on captive bred lions issued over a year ago:
“Considering that the practice of the captive breeding of lions for the purpose of hunting has doubtful value to the conservation of lions in the wild, and considering that such hunting is not consistent with SCI’s criteria for estate hunting, the SCI Board has adopted the following policy:
· SCI opposes the hunting of African lions bred in captivity.
· This policy takes effect on February 4, 2018 and applies to hunts taking place after adoption of this policy and to any Record Book entry related to such hunts.
· SCI will not accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, nor will SCI allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention.”
SCI was one of the first hunting organizations to take an official position opposing the hunting of captive bred lions.
“Safari Club International has made its position quite clear on the issue of captive bred lions,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “As a true conservation-minded organization, we led the way on this issue over a year ago. We are happy to see other like-minded groups and individuals join forces with us in opposition to this practice.”