Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) will represent hunters at this week's 24th meeting of the Animals Committee for the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) to ensure that decisions on trade for species of interest to traveling hunters-notably the African lion, elephant and leopard,are based on science and the principles of sustainable use and not on the agenda of anti-hunting organizations.

“It is critical that the SCIF's conservation efforts are represented before the greater international community participating in these meetings,” said Conservation Committee Chair Joseph Hosmer. “Efforts by SCIF to underwrite programs, such as with the African Lion in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and others, ensure that hunting and trade of lions continues as long as this trade is responsible and non-detrimental to the species.”

At the five-day meeting, participants will discuss the overall trends in trade of wildlife. From these discussions, participants will make recommendations to reevaluate trade quotas and trade regulations which may affect international hunters. “Certain species are constantly at the center of international trade discussion, and there are groups with protectionist agendas who will attempt to maximize trade restrictions. SCIF provides reason and scientific perspective to refute these protectionist arguments,” said Hosmer.

“As the largest international organization representing hunters, SCI and the SCIF need to participate in this critical discussion on the international trade of wildlife,” said President Merle Shepard. “SCIF's years of continual work on lion management is further evidence that hunters are the most dedicated and passionate conservationists around the world.”