Each May SCI members from across the country gather to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss legislation affecting wildlife conservation, access to public land, and anything affecting our heritage of hunting.
Your SCI Department of Hunter Advocacy organizes face-to-face meetings for SCI members with U.S. Senators, Congressmen, and/or their legislative staffs. Lobby Day takes place during SCI’s 2019 May Board meeting.
Safari Club International and its members FIGHT for the rights of hunters everywhere.
|Goals of Lobby Day|
1) Educate Members of Congress and/or their staffs about SCI’s dedication to protecting the freedom to hunt and the future of hunting.
2) Inform Members of Congress and/or their staffs of SCI positions on specific issues.
3) Build relationships with elected officials so they call us when they need information or help.
Take a moment and read what SCI is supporting and opposing. This is GREAT information to share with others.
|What are the Issues?|
|Support ESA Delisting & State Management|
✓ H.R. 1445 & S. 614 – Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2019
✓ S. 831– A bill to delist the Western Great Lakes & Wyoming gray wolves
Congress should pass legislation that directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the GYE grizzlies and WGL wolves, return management to the states, and reward the efforts of states, the federal government, and the hunting community, all of whom contributed to the wolf and grizzly bear recovery.
Defend Progress on Modernizing Monuments Designations
✓ H.R. 1664 – National Monument Creation & Protection Act
Congress should spell out clear statutory limits to a potentially out-of-control process that ignores input from states or local stakeholders. This input is needed so that hunters are never excluded from access to federal lands or hunting opportunities on those lands.
Oppose Harmful Importation Restrictions (CECIL Act)
x H.R. 2245 – Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act:
Congress should reject legislation that undermines the role that international hunting plays in the conservation strategies of range countries. Regulated international hunting is beneficial to wildlife and habitat conservation. This fact is recognized by respected scientific authorities such as CITES and the IUCN.
Support Amendments to the Wildlife Restoration Act that Would Allow the Use of P-R funds for Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Restoration
✓ H.R. 877 – Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs
Congress should pass legislation that enables states to use P-R funds to support R-3 efforts and to construct shooting ranges that can serve as a means of recruiting new hunters.
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