SCI’s Seminar on the Recent African Lion Listing Provided Insight into the Future of Lion Importation

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On February 6, 2016, Safari Club International held an informational seminar at its Convention about the recent African lion Endangered Species Act listing. The seminar, entitled “What Were They Thinking? – the African Lion Rule,” gave SCI members a chance to learn about recent developments concerning importing legally hunted lions from Africa. With rumors swirling … Continue reading

Washington Report – Lions and the Future of Hunting

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We all know the bad news by now. The federal government has finally disgorged the listing of lions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). SCI members have been waiting for this proverbial second shoe to drop since the official notice of proposed listing was issued in October of 2014. But it’s important to remember that … Continue reading

SCI President Higgins Takes National Stage Over Africa Lion Issue

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In 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 … Continue reading

U.S. Will List African Lion and Will Require Permits for Trophy Importation

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On December 21, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a final rule to list African lions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The rule, which was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2015 lists African lions as two separate subspecies –Panthera leo leo, found in western and central Africa, and … Continue reading

Sportsmen/Conservation Organizations Counter Congressman Grijalva’s Letter to USFWS

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On October 7, a group of over 30 sportsmen-conservation organizations sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Dan Ashe regarding concerns of misinformation recently presented by Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ) outlining his policy proposals for African game hunting. The letter states that, … Continue reading

FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting

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Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts! Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the world, … Continue reading

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