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Science, Not Bluster, Needed In Elephant Discussion

Nov 22, 2017

When wildlife conservation is discussed, emotion may make more noise, but science saves the day. This is becoming clear in the media coverage of African elephants.

After Safari Club International last week announced the decision by the Department of the Interior that would allow the importing of elephants from Zambia and Zimbabwe, a widespread global discussion ensued in which anti-hunting emotion took center stage in many quarters. SCI for decades has supported science-based conservation of wildlife, and the decision by DOI reflected that it also relied on sound science in making its decision.

“In recent days, there has been growing and widespread coverage in the media and information from other knowledgeable sources around the world recognizing the importance of the application of science rather than emotion to the management of wildlife -- not just in Africa, but in the United States and the rest of the world,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “For a broader understanding of the real issues, please refer to just some examples provided in this release. Thank you."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-voice-missing-from-the-elephant-trophy-debate-africans/2017/11/21/604a3228-ce39-11e7-a1a3-0d1e45a6de3d_story.html?utm_term=.36cf50683274

http://www.fishwildlife.org/index.php?section=afwa_press_releases&prrid=364

http://campfirezimbabwe.org/index.php/news-spotlight/26-press-statement-21-november-2017

https://www.safariclub.org/detail/news/2017/11/22/africa-response-to-elephant-import-ban

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