The Safari Club International is one of the leading organizations concerned with wildlife conservation in Africa. They work closely with both African governments and game managers on issue related to the conservation of big game on the Dark Continent. Thus, when they adopt a policy concerning the hunting of captive bred lions, it is news.
Their policy, in short, is that they oppose hunting captive bred lions. SCI conventions, other gatherings, and their magazine are perhaps the biggest way that African outfitters reach American hunters. Given this, SCI’s refusal to let those who promote the hunting of captive bred lions to participate in those events is a big stick.
From SCI’s release:
that the practice of the captive breeding of lions for the purpose of
hunting has doubtful value to the conservation of lions in the wild, and
considering that such hunting is not consistent with SCI’s criteria for
estate hunting, the SCI Board has adopted the following policy:
- SCI opposes the hunting of African lions bred in captivity.
policy takes effect on February 4, 2018 and applies to hunts taking
place after adoption of this policy and to any Record Book entry related
to such hunts.
will not accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, nor
will SCI allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at
the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention.