SCI President Craig Kauffman Addresses Senate Committee on Sportsmen’s Issues
Safari Club International (SCI) President Craig Kauffman joined with other leaders from the hunting and conservation community to meet with the United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee at the U.S. Capitol. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) led the discussion along with 15 of his Senate colleagues. The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss legislative priorities for hunters and anglers for the remainder of the 2014 legislative session.
“SCI was presented with a unique opportunity to continue highlighting the baseless policy decisions made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently banned the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The FWS decision affects more than 800,000 families in Zimbabwe and it undercuts the anti-poaching funding on over 60% of Tanzania’s lands, so I asked them how they would resolve this situation to protect the communities of Africa that depend on revenue from international hunters,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “The response from the Senators present was underwhelming, but SCI will continue fighting to have this ban repealed as soon as possible, in any way possible, so that the communities of Zimbabwe and Tanzania are not further harmed by the FWS decision.”
Senators who attended the DSOC meeting included: Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), and Senators Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Jeff Merkley (OR), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Michael Bennett (Colo.), Chris Coons (Del.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Jon Tester (Mont.), John Walsh (Mont.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
About: The Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee is dedicated to fostering dialogue between Senate Democrats and leaders from across the nation. Each year, the Steering Committee hosts numerous meetings with advocates, policy experts, and elected officials to discuss key priorities and enlist their help in the development of the Senate Democratic agenda. The Committee serves as a liaison between Senate Democratic offices, advocacy groups, and intergovernmental organizations. It is one of three Democratic Leadership Committees in the Senate and is chaired by Senator Mark Begich (AK) and vice chaired by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH).