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Houston Safari Club Lauds Remarks by President Trump on America’s Environmental Leadership

Houston, TX –Houston Safari Club (HSC) was proud to be present on July 8th, 2019, as President Trump provided updates on the administration’s policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth. President Trump stressed the United States’ successful initiatives in economic growth and energy production with simultaneous advancements in conservation, recreational access of public lands, and the restoration and protection of U.S. land, air, and waters. Conducted in the east wing of the White House, HSC, represented by Executive Director Joe Betar, attended the conference alongside other leaders in conservation, Cabinet Members and Agency Secretaries. In attendance and providing remarks was U.S. Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. A transcript of President Trump’s remarks may be found here. The President’s

July 2019 Legislative Update

OPPOSE THE BUCHANAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3055 HSC opposes Rep. Vern Buchanan’s (R-FL) proposed Amendment to H.R. 3055. HR 3055 contains the CJS, Agriculture, and Interior appropriations bills. Rep. Buchanan’s amendment would ban funds to issue permits for the import of sport-hunted elephants or lions from Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia. The amendment was approved by the House the week of June 17th.  HSC encourages you to express any opposition to this Amendment to your Congressman and/or Senator. To contact your Representative: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative; To contact your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE HSC joined 37 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations urging Congress to help address Chronic Wasting Disease. Specifically, HSC requests that Congress advance the following bills out of Committee: 1. H.R. 837 the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act, sponsored by Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA) and Marc Veasey (TX). H.R. 837 would help address the issue

CONNECTICUT SENATE BILL 20: AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALES & POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS & GIRAFFES

The Connecticut Assembly adjourned sine die for the current session, with a failure to advance Senate Bill 20, which would have blocked importation of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and giraffe parts from Africa. PEBBLE MINE HSC joined 25 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers require from the Pebble Mine (Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet, AK) applicant all the information necessary to reach a fully informed permitting decision and that the ongoing administrative process to consider the Pebble Mine permit application be suspended until this information is received. View the letter HERE DELISTING OF GRAY WOLVES The gray wolf has been delisted in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shown their ability to manage this delisted wolf population responsibly so that it remains healthy and sustainable. Populations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are healthy,

HSC Legislative Update

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation. CONNECTICUT SENATE BILL 20: AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALES & POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS & GIRAFFES Introduced by Connecticut Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) Senate Bill 20 would ban the import, sale and possession of what Sen. Duff refers to as “the Big Six” African species – African elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros and giraffes. This legislation does not consider the positive recovery effects legal hunting has had, from a conservation and financial standpoint, for these species.

Bobcat Citizen’s Petition

April 19th, 2019 Re:  Bobcat Citizen’s Petition Greetings Trappers, Hunters, Outfitters, Ranchers, Anglers, and Stakeholders, The Citizen’s Petition to ban the harvesting of Bobcats is scheduled to be heard on May 9th, 2019 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting in Grand Junction at 765 Horizon Drive, the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. While we are looking for substantial attendance from the Sportsman community we are not asking for a bunch of personal testimony as we have most of all of that in place.  Testimony will be limited anyway as the Chairman of the Commission has asked us and the opposition to strategize and coordinate testimony to not only facilitate the conversation but also to expedite the process without being redundant, disrespectful and possibly confusing to the process. The Petitioner, Prairie Protection Colorado, Wildearth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society of the United States are indicating they will be

2019 HSC Legislative Agenda

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation. CONSERVATION FUNDING Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (H.R. 877) introduced by Congressman Austin Scott (GA), Representatives Marc Veasey (TX), Debbie Dingell (MI), and Richard Hudson (NC), for the future of wildlife conservation funding. This legislation provides more flexibility to state agencies to use Pittman-Robertson dollars for recruitment and retention of hunters and recreational shooters, to help ensure state-based conservation funding, promotion and marketing of hunter education programs, and education to the non-hunting public about the role of hunters and recreational shooters in
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.