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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

SCI Welcomes New Ambassador from Botswana to Washington D.C.

By Brett Stayton | September 24, 2020

Yesterday, SCI CEO Laird Hamberlin welcomed the new Ambassador of Botswana to Washington DC – the Honorable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila. The Safari Club International Foundation was also represented by SCIF’s Conservation Director Dr. Chris Comer and Conservation Manager Joe Goergen. Safari Club has enjoyed a productive relationship with Botswana and

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South Africa to Reopen Borders October 1st

By Barbara Crown | September 16, 2020

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa announced today that the country’s borders will reopen to business and tourism travel on October 1st, 2020. Just last week the cabinet had extended the national state of disaster until October 15, but after consultations with a variety of stake holders (including provincial and

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Tahr Wars: Episode 1

By Brett Stayton | September 14, 2020

Earlier this summer, startling news broke out of New Zealand as the Department of Conservation (DOC) was on the verge of decimating the country’s Himalayan Tahr herd, which attracts tourists from around the world and supports robust commercial and recreational hunting industries. The now imminent implementation of the DOC’s controversial

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Regulatory Changes Disenfranchise More than 7 Million Hunters Across Europe

By Brett Stayton | September 11, 2020

On September 3rd, the European Union’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) Committee authorized troubling regulations that prohibit the use and possession of lead ammunition of any kind, in or within 100 meters (110 yards) of a designated wetland. Safari Club has worked closely with the

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Namibia Receiving International Flights and Tourists; South Africa Extends Border Closure 30 Days More

By Barbara Crown | September 10, 2020

SCI members will be happy to know that international flights to Namibia are again available following a confusing September 1st reopening of the country’s borders and airport. South Africa, unfortunately, remains closed to foreign nationals. Namibia had announced an opening of its borders and requirements for self-quarantine by visitors at

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Permitting Approach Benefits Hunters

By Brett Stayton | August 26, 2020

Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association recently celebrated the end of six years of litigation regarding elephant and lion trophy import permits—the result of which was a victory for hunters.  Despite the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. ruling in SCI/NRA’s favor, some other organizations have criticized

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