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SCI President’s Response to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ban on Elephant Imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania

 

Safari Club International President Craig Kauffman

Safari Club International President Craig Kauffman

In response to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision on Friday, April 4, 2014 to unilaterally ban the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania, SCI President Craig Kauffman has sent a letter to Director Dan Ashe requesting that they immediately rescind the decision or risk losing elephants forever.  The text of the letter is below and a copy of the letter can be viewed here:  SCI President Craig Kauffman’s Response to USFWS Ban on Elephant Imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania

SCI has received an outpouring of support in the past 3 days from the sportsmen’s community.  Many have asked “What can I do to help?”  There are two things hunters can do today to help us fight this decision.

1.  Immediately contact your Congressman to oppose the ban!

2.  Please consider coming to Washington, DC on Thursday, May 8, 2014 for SCI’s Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.  Hundreds of hunters will descend on the Capitol to make our voices heard.  This issue will be at the forefront, and by the end of the day, Members of Congress will KNOW that FWS is making the wrong decision.  Register HERE FOR LOBBY DAY

SCI is also looking at every legal and legislative venue to force the service to rescind its decision to ban sport- hunted elephant imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.


 

April 7, 2014

 

The Honorable Daniel Ashe

Director, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of the Interior

1849 C Street, NW

Washington, DC 20240

 

RE:  Suspension of Import of Elephant Trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Dear Director Ashe:

On behalf of Safari Club International and millions of conservationists worldwide, we were shocked at your decision on Friday, April 4, 2014 to unilaterally ban the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. This decision in and of itself shows a fundamental abandonment of the stated goal of “scientific excellence” for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) because this announcement relied solely on anecdotal evidence to make a rash decision with no basis in law, science, or conservation policy.  We respectfully request that the FWS rescind its decision banning 2014 sport-hunted elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. In order to increase the quality of the information that FWS is relying upon, we also request your personal attendance at the 2014 African Wildlife Consultative Forum which will be held outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 3-7.

The FWS’s decision appears to have been made without any consultation of the affected African nations. The FWS decision will do nothing to prevent poaching in Africa. If anything, removing the U.S. hunter from the landscape of Africa’s great outdoors will permanently handicap government bodies and communal wildlife administrators in their fight against poachers. Problems with poaching in either Zimbabwe or Tanzania will be exacerbated by this ill-advised ban by the FWS.

International hunters are the first line of defense for conservation, management, and anti-poaching throughout Africa. When wildlife has no value, hundreds of years of history prove that it will most certainly be slaughtered indiscriminately. In 2003, sport hunting accounted for approximately 60-90% of all revenues for Zimbabwe’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. SCI’s members have purchased bull elephant tags to benefit the CAMPFIRE Foundation in Zimbabwe who conduct anti-poaching work throughout the communal lands of their country. SCI’s members have paid more than $100,000 to support elephant conservation through these tags from 2012-2014, whereas the FWS has spent only $56,000 to protect Zimbabwe’s elephants from 2011-2013 through the Multinational Species Conservation Grants.

The role of international hunters has an incredible impact on the ability of Tanzania to manage its wildlife and conduct anti-poaching activities. For example, Tanzania has 157 hunting blocks that cover 30% of Tanzania’s total land area representing 70 million acres that are managed by private hunting operations. Furthermore, sport hunting employs approximately 3,700 people and supports over 88,000 families in Tanzania. A U.S. policy decision that disproportionally impacts Tanzania’s population and its rural economies should not be taken without consultation with the affected government.

The unilateral decision by FWS on Friday, April 4, 2014 will effectively defund conservation efforts across thousands of communities in Zimbabwe and Tanzania.  Again, we respectfully request that the FWS rescind its decision banning 2014 sport-hunted elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. We respectfully suggest that FWS also undertake measures to improve the quality of data upon which it relies, and toward that goal we also request your personal attendance at the 2014 African Wildlife Consultative Forum which will be held outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 3-7.

 

Sincerely,

Craig Kauffman

President, Safari Club International

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4 comments on “SCI President’s Response to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ban on Elephant Imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania

  1. Peter Taylor
    April 8, 2014

    So typical of the stupidity of this current administration and it’s antipathy toward hunters , sportsmen, and conservationists. Someone from Hollywood tells them that the poor old elephant is disappearing , and they jump like scolded cats to ban whatever it is that wealthy Americans ( the nemesis of Mr Obama, of course) are doing to SAVE THE ELEPHANT. And , indeed , all African wildlife.
    A disaster for Africa and yet another imposition on our basic freedoms.
    Peter

  2. Roger Kenner
    April 8, 2014

    Keep the pressure on ! It certainly too bad that The USFWS will take such actions without the entire hunting community involved and of course the African Nations that it will affect. Unless this rule is changed it will cause the demise of the elephants in those countries and spill over to the neighboring countries as well. I will contact my Congressmen! Roger Kenner

  3. Mike Jines
    April 8, 2014

    Please take the time to click on the SCI link and send letters to the members of your Congressional delegation. But that is only half the job. Then use the provided link to send a note to six of your friends encouraging them to respond. There is strength in numbers and our challenge is to broadly engage hunters and conservationists. Without a strong show of outrage by hunters, the USFWS will just be emboldened to continue down the path of nibbling away at the rights of sport hunters. If we do not act now, tomorrow it may be too late. Send letters to your Congressmen and urge your friends and fellow hunters to do likewise.

  4. Pete
    April 9, 2014

    If the USFWS really wanted to protect the African elephant, then maybe the US gov’t should put sanctions on China and other eastern countries that are behind the poaching,and restrict their citizens from entering the USA. But they don’t have the balls to do this.This is the only way you will stop the poaching. On this notion I don’t think the USFWS gives a damn about the African elephant, politics is playing a big role here.

    Sport hunting elephants only brings in much needed capital to hire game rangers, monitors and the like. Without this much needed money from true conservationists like hunters, the elephant are doomed. Fact..Example is Kenya when they banned hunting in 1977, more than 90% of their elephant and Rhino were poached in the first few years of the ban.

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