September was a busy month with regard to the partisan battle over the Endangered Species Act.
H.R.2245 “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” (CECIL Act) passed the House Natural Resources Committee today on a straight party-line vote, 19-16.
The CECIL Act now sits in waiting for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
North Carolina state legislator Dan Bishop was victorious in a closely watched special election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The congressional district, North Carolina’s Ninth, was left unrepresented by the state board of elections following allegations of absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 race. Bishop’s campaign was supported by SCI’s political action committee, SCI-PAC, in recognition for his work on legislation allowing Sunday hunting in the state.
U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Announces Expansion Of Hunting Opportunities
On August 15th, a D.C. federal district court agreed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and SCI that Humane Society International (HSI) was not entitled to information about the identity of hunters who imported and exported trophies to and from the U.S. HSI sued when the FWS refused to disclose the names of importers and exporters of animals between 2002 and 2014 in response to HSI’s Freedom of Information Act requests. The request involved the identities of over 12,000 importer and exporters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the finalization of rules that will change the way the FWS administers the Endangered Species Act. These rules, announced today, August 9, were first proposed over a year ago on July 25, 2018. They are intended to reduce ambiguities in the Endangered Species Act. These ambiguities have made it possible for anti-hunting groups to fill the courts with litigation challenges to the delisting of recovered species.
In spite of scientific data showing the recovery of the grizzly bear within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a U.S. District Court issued a ruling that directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to restore the ESA protections for grizzlies last September.
President Trump released a statement today recognizing and celebrating August as National Shooting Sports Month and with it, his support of hunting and fishing as worthwhile endeavors in the outdoors.
Safari Club International (SCI) today commended the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for passing S. 2302, the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 out of committee in a bipartisan 21 to 0 vote.
Safari Club International is fighting for the right to hunt on many fronts – on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; in state capitals around the country; in the international arena; through the bureaucracy at all levels of government; and in courtrooms across America.