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SCI actively works in the international arena protecting the freedom to hunt worldwide. SCI also works to increase hunting access and reduce burdens for international hunters.

Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES): CITES regulates trade in protected species of wildlife including the shipment of hunting trophies. SCI is a leading non-governmental organization participant in CITES and has sent representatives to CITES meetings since 1979. SCI participates in the Conferences of the Parties (CoP), Animals Committee Meetings and Standing Committee Meetings, working with delegates from countries and other organizations around the world.

Before every CoP, SCI produces a Sustainable Use Voting Guide that informs the CITES Parties how they should vote on the Conference’s proposals. CoP18 Voting Guide.

  • The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation (FACE): FACE is comprised of European national hunters’ associations and other associate members, including SCI and the SCI Foundation. FACE represents the interests of Europe’s seven million hunters and works on all hunting-related issues in Europe.
  • World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA): SCI's participation in WFSA helps magnify SCI's voice in the international community. The Forum is an educational and scientific association, founded in 1997 by more than two dozen existing associations and organizations. WFSA is a proactive advocacy organization representing a substantial portion of the sport shooting community, working in concert with international bodies, national governments and regulatory authorities, for the worldwide promotion and preservation of sport shooting activities.
  • United Nations (UN): The UN has no fewer than five programs dedicated to limiting the ability to import or transport firearms. SCI is a registered non-governmental organization with the United Nations, working to oppose any attempt to limit the lawful transportation of firearms for hunting purposes.
  • Airline Transport: Some of the biggest problems for international hunters are the unnecessary burdens and regulations that impede the transport of firearms and trophies internationally. SCI works with both airlines and governments to reduce the burdens faced by the traveling hunter.
  • Importation of Wildlife: Even though CITES regulates wildlife trade, many countries and the European Union often impose additional regulations that prohibit or limit trophy importation. SCI works around the world to reduce the burden on hunters who try to bring back legally hunted trophies from abroad.  SCI has participated with other international organizations to advocate for hunting and community-based management of wildlife in range countries and to prevent unnecessary restrictions that impede range country conservation success.
  • Firearms Ownership and Transport:  Firearms ownership and transportation among European countries is regulated by the European Union Firearms Directive, which is designed to deter terrorism and criminal activity.  SCI works with FACE to prevent amendments to this document that would unnecessarily penalize legal owners and users of firearms (hunters).
  • Ammunition: Currently one of the biggest threats to hunters and sport shooters around the world is the push to ban or restrict the use of traditional ammunition. SCI is working on multiple fronts to prevent the imposition of requirements that would make it infeasible, if not impossible, for efficient and accessible hunting to continue.
  • Border Governors and Latin American-U.S. Leadership Forum:  These meetings, scheduled to coincide with SCI’s annual Convention, bring together decision-makers from Mexican states and South American countries to discuss issues of hunting, wildlife management, law enforcement and CITES decision-making.

International Talking Points

IUCN: Informing Decisions on Trophy Hunting

Click here for IUCN Decisions on Trophy Hunting.

On The Issues

Recent International Affairs Articles

Zambian Director of National Parks and Wildlife Appeals to Connecticut Legislators: Import Ban Will Hurt, Not Save, Wildlife

By Randy Gibbs | April 26, 2021

Editor’s Note: In previous a news post, we inform members about the current effort in the State of Connecticut to ban the importation of hunting trophies of various African species. Among the voices from Africa raised against this effort is that of Zambia’s director of the Department of National Parks

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By Randy Gibbs | April 9, 2021

Holland & Holland has been acquired by Beretta.  Word first came out of London in mid-December and the sale became official on Feb. 1, ending a three-decade attempt by the French fashion giant, Chanel, to turn the venerable old English company into “the Ralph Lauren of the shooting world.”  Details

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IUCN Says Support for Proven Elephant Management is Critical to Species’ Conservation in New Red List Assessment

By Barbara Crown | April 8, 2021

Last week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released an update to its Red List assessment of African elephant, concluding that the species suffered a significant population reduction between the 1970s and 2016. But the IUCN acknowledged that the decline is not uniform across the elephant’s range, and

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Traveling to Africa on Safari? Here are some COVID-19 Guidelines

By Barbara Crown | April 7, 2021

COVID-19 has made travel more challenging than ever! No worries; here’s a bullet-point guideline on travel to Africa, thanks to our friends at the Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA). As things develop, some of these requirements can change. For the latest details and assistance, SCI members can

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Canada Implements More Border Entry Requirements

By Barbara Crown | February 16, 2021

Canada has made it more difficult to cross its borders with several more COVID-19 related entry requirements. Besides the mandatory 14-day quarantine that has been in effect for many months, returning Canadians and non-citizens meeting the exemptions for non-essential travel to Canada are now required to provide proof of a

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Air Namibia Shuts Down Operations

By Barbara Crown | February 16, 2021

Air Namibia has shut down all its operations, grounding its entire fleet and cancelling all flights. The reservations system ceased taking new bookings as of February 11, 2021, although the website ( is still active. The company announced its shutdown via Twitter and Facebook, advising passengers to register claims for

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