Safari Club International (SCI) applauds Governor Greg Abbott of Texas for signing House Bill 2213 into law. A great move for hunters and local communities, this new law allows hunters to donate legally harvested exotic animals to food banks across the state. SCI has been supportive of this legislation since it was introduced by Representative John Frullo earlier this year. SCI worked with members advocates on the ground in Texas to send hundreds of emails directly to their lawmakers supporting this common sense legislation.
Texas hunters have a long history of generous donation of game meat to those in need, such as through SCI Foundation’s own “Sportsmen Against Hunger” initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Department of State Health Services gave an exemption to exotic meat donations as they were previously not allowed under Texas law. While not native to the area, many species on game ranches in Texas are edible and healthy. Hunters are now able to donate both native and exotic species as a great way to give back to their communities. The exemption during the pandemic was a huge success story, and the permanent expansion of allowed donations gives more people access to high quality food, especially those in need.
SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin stated: “On behalf of SCI and our Texas membership, I would like to thank Governor Abbott for signing this beneficial legislation into law. This is one more way that hunters can give back to their communities in addition to all the work they engage in for conservation. Sportsmen and women are some of the most generous individuals worldwide, and we strongly support more opportunities for philanthropy from our community.”
SCI commends Governor Abbott and the Texas legislature. Sportsmen and women have always benefited habitat and species, and this common sense law with further serve families and communities through hunting.