SCI actively works in the international arena to protect the freedom to hunt worldwide. Below are examples of areas where SCI is working to increase hunting access and reduce burdens for international hunters.
Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES): CITES regulates trade in protected species of wildlife, including the shipment of hunting trophies. SCI is a leader in CITES and participates in the Conferences of the Parties, Animals Committee Meetings, and Standing Committee Meetings. At the most recent Conference of the Parties, SCI, along with SCIF, was successful in lobbying to relax the definition of a hunting trophy which will ease the importation of trophies that have been altered in the country where the animal was harvested.
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The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation (FACE): FACE is made up of national hunters’ associations and other associate members, including SCI. FACE represents the interests of Europe’s 7 million hunters and works on all hunting-related issues in Europe.
World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA): SCI serves on the Executive Committee of the WFSA, and SCI's participation in WFSA helps magnify SCI's voice in the international community. The Forum is an educational and scientific association, founded in 1997 by over two dozen existing associations and organizations. WFSA is a pro-active advocacy organization, representing a substantial portion of the sport shooting community, working in concert with international bodies, national governments and regulatory authorities, for the worldwide promotion and preservation of sport shooting activities.
United Nations: The UN has no less than five programs dedicated to limiting the ability to import or transport firearms. SCI is a registered non-governmental organization with the United Nations working to oppose any attempt to limit the lawful transportation of firearms for hunting purposes.
Airline Transport: Some of the biggest problems for international hunters are the unnecessary burdens and regulations that impede the transport of firearms and trophies internationally. SCI works with both with airlines and governments to reduce the burdens faced by the traveling hunter.
Trophy Importation: Even though CITES regulates wildlife trade, many countries impose additional regulations that prohibit or limit trophy importation. SCI works around the world to reduce the burden on hunters who try to bring back trophies from hunting abroad.
Firearms Ownership and Transport: Firearms ownership and transportation between European countries is regulated by the European Union Firearms Directive. SCI is working with FACE to prevent amendments to this document, designed to deter terrorism and criminal activity, that would unnecessarily penalize legal owners and users of firearms (hunters).
Lead Ammunition: Currently one of the biggest threats to hunters and sport shooters around the world is the push to ban or restrict traditional ammunition. SCI is continually working to fight this effort.
Border Governors and Latin American-U.S. Leadership Forum: These meetings, scheduled to coincide with SCI’s annual Convention, bring together decision-makers from Mexican states and South American countries to discuss issues of hunting, wildlife management, law enforcement and CITES decision-making.
International Talking Points
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IUCN: Informing Decisions on Trophy Hunting
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Safari Club International and other groups have helped reveal the challenges and solutions of African wildlife conservation to the European Union where officials from three African countries outlined the formula for success, which includes hunting.
Following a recent vote in the South Africa Parliament involving expropriation of land, SCI members have asked how this might affect current or future plans for safaris.
SCI advises members who have arranged for safaris in South Africa to keep in close contact with their outfitters, who are in the best position to advise.
For at least the next two years, hunting in Tanzania is expected to continue without a hitch.
SCI and SCI Foundation helped Tanzania’s hunting industry, including the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association, to obtain a two-year stay of the hunting block revocation.
Safari Club International started a new online publication last month with its first edition of “Crosshairs – Europe Edition.” This e-newsletter will be published once a month and will focus exclusively on European-based advocacy and conservation articles and will be sent to all of SCI’s European members.
In late July, European Union Advocate General Eleanor Sharptson issued an opinion in EU Commission v Republic of Malta concerning the legality of Malta’s finch capturing program. Maltese national law permits an autumn live-capturing season of seven different species of wild finches. The EU Commission alleges that Malta’s program violates the European Parliament’s Wild Birds Directive. The Advocate General’s opinion does not, by itself, outlaw any hunting or trapping practice. If adopted by the Court of Justice of the EU, it could have serious implications for Malta’s hunters and could foreshadow similar opinions for the practices of other European countries.