American hunter | European hunters win in EU
The European Parliament voted positively on Amendment 24 this week EU biodiversity strategy for 2030– Change the language that could be used to ban the trade and importation of wildlife species that are legally hunted in Africa and elsewhere outside the EU. With the successful adoption of the amendment, the existing framework that allows for the import of hunted wildlife can remain in place and the irreplaceable role of hunters in conservation science, education and research can continue undiminished.
Torbjörn Larsson, the president of the European Association for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), thanked Safari Club International for his support and assistance in the adoption of the amendment and also said: “The European Parliament has sent a strong signal that there should be no unjustified restrictions on trade in wildlife, including the movement of game trophies.”
Meanwhile, the SCI continues its campaign in the UK as the country continues to enforce unscientific and harmful bans on wildlife imports. SCI expressly opposes the UK initiative to ban the importation of legally hunted wild animals abroad, as in the Action plan for animal welfare.
In response, SCI sent a letter to the UK Parliament calling on Members to reject the language of the import ban as part of the Animal Welfare Action Plan, noting that such a ban would undermine the successful conservation efforts of African nations based on sustainable use programs are instructed, will hinder.
After the publication of the letter from SCI to houses of Parliament and the EU vote on Amendment 24, commented SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin: “It is a relief to see Members of the European Parliament voting in favor of hunting and the possibility of hunted wildlife as an important part of conservation efforts in the countries of origin left, but SCI must also encourage the UK Parliament to see this issue like its neighbors in the EU. The British have a rich hunting heritage, and many countries in Africa will be worse off when British hunters can no longer bring home the wildlife they legally hunt and as part of the carefully monitored and scientifically-driven conservation of sustainable use in Africa. “
Countries around the world, and many specifically in Africa, rely on hunting as part of their conservation strategies. Regulated hunting promotes key conservation incentives, while trade restrictions often have the unintended consequence of undermining conservation efforts.