SCI President Higgins Takes National Stage Over Africa Lion Issue

larry-higgins-072215In a Jan. 25 article on The Hill blog, Safari Club International President Larry Higgins outlined critical missteps by the Obama administration that promise to hurt, not help, the status of lions in Africa.

As President Higgins and SCI have been pointing out all along, hunters have invested millions of millions of dollars in conservation of African species, working directly with local governments and regulatory agencies through various forums, such as SCI’s annual “African Wildlife Consultative Forum.” Anti-hunting groups, by contrast, have invested nothing but pious outrage in their zeal to end all hunting everywhere.  The media is making a flat-out mistake when it identifies anti-hunting groups as “conservation” groups.

In the Hill article, Higgins draws a parallel between this ideological listing of lions and the earlier listing of Polar bear under the ESA, pointing out that this move simply changes “the nationality of the hunters and the amount of money going towards polar bear conservation.”

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