SCI Wins Leopard Import Case!

Big News!  On October 2nd, the U.S. federal district court in Arizona dismissed a challenge from anti-hunting organizations who sought to overturn permits issued for the import of sport-hunted leopards.  SCI was the only organization to intervene in the litigation to defend the permits, many of which were issued to SCI members.  Based largely on SCI’s arguments, the court held that the plaintiffs do not have legal standing to challenge the permits.  SCI is thrilled with the decision and is celebrating that sustainable leopard hunting programs in southern Africa can continue without threat of a U.S. import ban.  If the plaintiffs appeal the decision, SCI will continue to zealously defend leopard imports and support sustainable use conservation!