SCI and its European leaders worked with the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) to stop temporarily the adoption of a proposal by Germany to add unnecessary and potentially harmful importation requirements for EU hunters.
An adamant German Ministry of the Environment, however, did not give up that easily and requested that the proposal be revisited at a subsequent EU meeting in Brussels on Sept. 19, 2017. The German government insisted on the need to add permit requirements for the importation of all legally hunted, non-threatened EU Annex B species into European Union countries. The German efforts were supported by a letter signed by no fewer than 29 organizations – including HSI, IFAW, Born Free Foundation, Trophy Free EU and the like.
SCI’s President and the Secretary General of FACE responded and refuted the arguments for the proposal in a joint letter to all the EU Member States and the European Commission. That letter made a difference.
At the closed EU meeting of the Members States and the Commission, the SCI/FACE letter was read, as was a letter from the anti-hunting coalition. As a result of the discussions that followed the reading of the letters, Germany found itself isolated without support from other Member States.
The German proposal seems to be off the table for the time being and in the dustbin during the incoming new German administration, following the elections in Germany on Sept. 24. SCI will continue to monitor this issue and will provide updates as they occur.