Houston Safari Club Questions Opposition To International Wildlife Conservation Council

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is expressing its concern for recent actions by some members of Congress to oppose the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC). The IWCC is being formed to increase public awareness domestically regarding conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling abroad to hunt. The duties of the Council will be to address the benefits of international hunting, wildlife conservation and survival, illegal trafficking and poaching, review of the Endangered Species Act and many other critical topics. In their letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  the members of Congress referred to the IWCC being formed solely to “promote trophy killing”. The Congressional members go further to state that 86% of Americans oppose hunting big game, based on a 2015 HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll. What they fail to note is the fact this poll was based on a survey

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.   The Service has determined that hunting would enhance the conservation and survival of African elephants.  The decision applies to trophies taken in 2016 through 2018.   For permit information from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here:

Houston Safari Club Applauds Secretary Zinke On Creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has expressed their support for the initiative of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to create an International Wildlife Conservation Council. In alignment with Secretary Zinke, Houston Safari Club recognizes the importance of international hunting as a conservation tool and a vital contributor to the local economies of foreign destinations. The focus of the council will be international hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and the illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife. “The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is a proven success story in the rebound of wildlife native to our continent as well as exotics translocated from abroad,” states HSC Executive Director Joe Betar. “This proven model and it successes will hopefully gain a dedicated focus through this council, and be replicated in international ranges where native species struggle. In addition, the directive of the council to address illegal wildlife

HSC Signs on to Letter Supporting The SHARE Act, HR 3668

Houston Safari Club signs on to the letter supporting H.R.3668, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. HR 3668 that was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Jeff Duncan, CSC Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott, and Congressman Rob Wittman. The SHARE Act includes priorities such as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act, reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Respecting State Wildlife Management Authority title, and the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, among others. This package will improve Americans’ access to hunting, angling and recreational shooting opportunities, and will promote wildlife and habitat conservation. Read Letter Here

S.1514 “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act” or “HELP for Wildlife Act”

Houston Safari Club recently signed on to the following letter in support for S.1514, the “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act” or “HELP for Wildlife Act.” July 14, 2017 The Honorable John Barrasso Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Barrasso and Senators Cardin, Boozman, Klobuchar, Capito, and Baldwin, Thank you for introducing S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (“HELP for Wildlife”). This is a truly bipartisan bill that includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation including hunting and fishing. On behalf of the millions of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts from all 50 states represented by our organizations, we express our support for the HELP Act and your bipartisan efforts to advance the interests of sportsmen and women. HELP for Wildlife would reauthorize important conservation programs

WILD Act (S. 826)

Houston Safari Club recently signed on to the following letter of support for the WILD Act (S. 826). Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) joined with several other Senators to introduce S. 826, the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act.  S. 826, was passed in the Senate and now moves to the House of Representatives.  The WILD Act will promote wildlife conservation, assist in the management of invasive species, and help protect endangered species. The bipartisan legislation will reauthorize government conservation programs such as USFWS’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and multinational wildlife conservation programs. The WILD Act would also establish cash-prize competitions for technological innovations in the prevention of illegal poaching and trafficking, management of invasive species, promotion of conservation, and protection of endangered wildlife. You can read the letter HERE
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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.