Last weekend, the Italian Chapter organized its 36th Convention in Verona with a record-breaking number of participants. Led by President Tiziano Terzi, the event was a huge success. SCI President Sven Lindquist and CEO Laird Hamberlin had the opportunity to attend meetings, participate in shooting competitions sponsored by Benelli, and enjoy auction dinners.
SCI’s European Committee, led by Dr. Estade, took the opportunity to formally meet in addition to participation in the other events. The Committee continues to improve and increase the membership across European chapters. The President of the Ukrainian Chapter Konstantin Brychuk also delivered a solemn message virtually, as his battalion was deployed to rescue civilian victims of a Russian-caused flood. Another focus of the message was the negative consequence of the war on nature and wildlife.
Other highlights included the presentation of the Italian Chapter award to Mr. Luca Gaeti, region 43 representative, for a longstanding hunting career dedicated to
conserving and preserving wildlife species.
Torbjörn Larsson, President of FACE, handed over a copy of the 360,415 signatures finalizing the #SignForHunting campaign to CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. That same week the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius received the original signatures in Brussels, Belgium. As one of the largest campaigns ever in Europe and beyond, this is a remarkable milestone to defend hunting in Europe and worldwide. We also thank SCI members for signing this petition and their active engagement in these important actions to raise awareness of the need for hunting.
Nearly 80 donors made an unforgettable and very successful two auctions possible, and even the heavy rain of the second day did not hinder the bids. It will be a difficult celebration to forget. Thank you very much SCI Italy!
Dr. Miguel Estade, President of the European Committee