|The recent media flap over a former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner’s photos and accounts of his safari in Africa predictably brought out cries and lies from anti-hunters to shut down all hunting. Overreaction is the hallmark of the antis.|
In their zeal to vilify all hunters, the antis insist on spreading lies this time, as they do whenever they comment on anything.
“Trophy hunting organizations like Safari Club International are under increasing pressure to restrain the excesses of their members in the United States and abroad,” Kitty Block, acting President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and President of Humane Society International, the international affiliate of The HSUS, stated in her recent blog about Blake Fischer, the former commissioner. “Fischer is just the latest to shoot his way into this particular hall of shame.”
“Let’s set the record straight,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “First, Fischer is not and was not a member of SCI. So, to suggest that anything he did reflects what SCI or its members do is false, right from the start. It’s just a flat-out lie.”
SCI has a code of ethics that its members are not only required to follow, but which reflect why SCI members are proud hunters.
SCI HUNTERS CODE OF ETHICS
“Ethical hunters provide a benefit to all wildlife through sustainable use conservation,” Babaz explained. “Ethical hunters strive to harvest mature males that are beyond their breeding prime to enhance the health of the overall population, much like a gardener may prune a rose bush, tree, to allow it to grow and flourish, etc.
“This, of course, is in addition to the enormous economic benefit provided by hunters who are the world’s greatest conservationists,” Babaz continued. “This can be seen in the thriving wildlife populations in countries where hunting is legal versus the diminishing wildlife populations in countries where hunting has been banned.”
“HSUS and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will never publish these simple conservation facts, as they prefer to use their propaganda machines to line their own pockets, instead of using their funds to join the hunting community to combat wildlife’s most serious threat… Criminal Poaching!” Babaz said.
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|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.|
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2 days ago
".. it appears as if someone poisoned a carcass after lions attacked cattle. Alarmingly, poisoning is a common response to conflict, and this highlights how vital it is to do all we can to prevent carnivore attacks on stock, and reduce chances of retaliatory killings."We are deeply saddened to report a mass poisoning incident in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) just outside Ruaha National Park. We received a ‘mortality alert’ from one of our collared lions, and the team responded rapidly. When they arrived at the site, they found a devastating scene – six lions (the collared adult female, three sub-adult females and two sub-adult males) had been killed, apparently from poison as they were all found close to a scavenged cattle carcass. This event had additional tragic consequences, with dozens of critically endangered vultures found dead or badly affected. RCP worked closely with colleagues from Wildlife Conservation Society Tanzania Program, the Parks authorities and other local agencies, and they eventually found 74 dead vultures as well as the six lions. Thanks to the skills of the WCS team, four other sick vultures were able to be taken to the Park for treatment. Sadly, one died shortly after arrival but the others are currently doing well.
The authorities are investigating this incident, but it appears as if someone poisoned a carcass after lions attacked cattle. Alarmingly, poisoning is a common response to conflict, and this highlights how vital it is to do all we can to prevent carnivore attacks on stock, and reduce chances of retaliatory killings. Cattle are extremely important to local people, and carnivores can cause major economic and cultural hardship when they attack stock – and, when people don’t benefit from lions, it is unsurprising that they resort to killing them. Thanks to support from many partners, we have made great progress in reducing such attacks, for example by predator-proofing enclosures and engaging communities, but there is much more to be done across the landscape, and protecting grazing livestock is particularly challenging. It is also vital to secure the Wildlife Management Areas and – probably most important of all – make sure that local people receive real benefits from wildlife, so they eventually see them as more of an asset alive than dead.
This kind of event is truly devastating, but it does highlight the value of our collaring programme – without alerts from the collars, we are very unlikely to find out about such incidents, especially when they occur in remote areas. It also highlights the importance of close collaboration on the ground with partners such as Wildlife Conservation Society, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania National Parks and others, as the rapid and coordinated response meant that at least some animals could be found alive and treated.
Although this incident occurred in the WMA and not on the village land where we do most of our work, it is an extremely distressing reminder of the impact that conflict can have on wildlife. It reinforces how crucial it is to continue and expand our conflict mitigation work across the landscape. Although it is hard to measure, we are certain that by protecting livestock, providing local benefits and engaging communities, we have prevented many similar incidents occurring on village land over the past few years. The challenge now is to redouble those efforts, including collaring more lions, to learn the true scale of conflict-related mortality around Ruaha, and work as hard as possible to reduce it. This has affected the whole team, who work tirelessly day and night to prevent carnivore killings, but we thank everyone who supports us, as together we know we can reduce these terrible impacts in the future. For more information about this event, please see www.facebook.com/ruahacarnivoreproject/posts/1885442098195035 ... See MoreSee Less
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