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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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.
Safari Club International (SCI) and its European leaders worked with the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) to persuade the European Union (EU) not to adopt unnecessary and potentially harmful import requirements for EU hunters. At meetings in June, a majority of the EU Member States and the European Commission chose not to support the German Ministry of the Environment’s proposal to add permit requirements for the importation of legally hunted EU Annex B species into European Union countries.
SCI’s European leaders met in Barcelona, Spain on July 14, 2017. In attendance were Miguel Estade, Chairman of SCI’s International Affairs and Development Committee (IADC) and SCI International Director; João Russo Corceiro, Vice-Chair of the IADC and President of the SCI Lusitania Chapter; José Maria Losa, Regional Representative of SCI Region 43; Bernhard Hluszik, Regional Representative for SCI Region 42 and President of the SCI Central Austria Chapter; Anders Engstrom, Regional Representative of SCI Region 41; Zsolt Kohalmi, SCI International.Director; Dominique Pibouleau, President of the SCI Helvetian Chapter; Tiziano Terzi, President of the SCI Italian Chapter; Nils-Ole Stuberrud; President of the SCI Nordic Chapter: Bela Hidvégi, past President of the SCI Central Hungarian Chapter.
SCI President Paul Babaz has appointed Dr. Miguel Estade of Spain as chairman of the SCI’s International Affairs and Development Committee for 2017-2018. Dr. Estade is an International Director of SCI.
Representatives for SCI and SCI Foundation attended the 29th Animals Committee meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland in late July.