SCI Lobby Day Produces Results

CapitolbldgDCfirstforhunters060914Last month, over 150 members of Safari Club International (SCI) came to Washington, DC to lobby their members of Congress for legislation and policies to improve hunting and conservation. SCI’s annual Congressional Fly-In is the largest annual lobbying opportunity for hunters.  One request that was repeated in over 200 meetings with members of Congress and their staff was to have members sign onto a “Dear Colleague” letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe asking the FWS to reverse their Zimbabwe and Tanzania elephant import ban.

Due to the hands on approach of SCI’s membership and the strong participation in the annual fly-in, twenty five members of Congress signed the letter to Director Ashe.  This letter dated May 30, 2014 was circulated by SCI Federal Legislator of the Year, Congressman Bob Latta, and Congressman Don Young, and sent to the FWS as a direct result of the efforts of the numerous members of SCI participating in Lobby Day on May 8th. (Read the letter here)

This letter is just one piece of the puzzle. SCI’s Washington, D.C. Office continues to work on behalf of the world’s hunters to get this ban reversed and force the fish and wildlife to manage species based on sound science.  Thank you to all of the SCI members who attended the lobby day on May 8th.

 

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