Dear SCI Member,

Hunting is increasingly under attack. California is facing one of its biggest fights yet.

Anti-hunters want to make it illegal for California residents to own the animals that they legally hunted in Africa.

A bill just introduced in California would prohibit people from importing and even possessing trophies of several species of game animals lawfully harvested by hunters in African countries.  Several of these species are not even listed under the ESA as needing protection!

I am asking all SCI members and all sportsmen and women to take action to prevent this bill from passing.  Please immediately contact your elected officials and strongly voice your opposition to Senate Bill 1487. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and hunting clubs to do the same.

Please act quickly – S.B. 1487 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 24.  Use SCI’s Action Center to contact your legislators today!

This legislation is designed to discourage residents of California from hunting these species in Africa. S.B. 1487 does nothing to help wildlife conservation.  Instead, if passed, this legislation would interfere with programs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports to enhance the survival of species included in the bill. African wildlife and the rural communities will lose a vital stream of funding for both conservation of wildlife and support for the local communities.  Additionally, without the money brought in by hunters, the range countries and professional hunting guides will lose funds for on-the-ground anti-poaching efforts.

Act now and make sure you tell your legislators to vote NO on S.B. 1487.

First for Hunters,

Paul Babaz

President, Safari Club International

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

International Headquarters Washington, District of Columbia • Tucson, Arizona • Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

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