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TAKE ACTION NOW: Congress to Vote on Trophy Import Ban This Week! 

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. This bill includes Section 439 which would place an effective ban on the import of elephant or lion trophies from Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

The bill fails to differentiate illegal poaching in African range countries from legal, regulated hunting by Americans abroad and would hurt both wildlife conservation efforts and local communities. 

Neither the hunting regulations in these countries nor the conservation status of these species warrant a defacto trophy ban, and the decision to place restrictions is seemingly random and based solely on emotions. Not only is this a direct attack on hunters, but also an infringement on the rights of Africans to manage their own wildlife. 

Section 439 is a copy-and-paste of Section 436 in last year’s bill, which was ultimately defeated thanks to the efforts of SCI and SCI advocates. Last year, we sent 2,199 letters to Congress and now, we need your help to defeat it again! Overwhelming opposition from the hunting community will tell Congress that international hunting bans are bad for wildlife, bad for conservation, and bad for communities. 

SCI extends a huge thank you to former federal legislator of the year Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina for fighting to remove Section 439 from the bill through an amendment to strike this language from the bill. 

Make no mistake: anti-hunting advocates will not stop at attempts to shut down hunting in Africa. These groups want ALL hunting EVERYWHERE to end. Wherever you fall in the hunting community, we need your help!  

Stand together with SCI in the fight and TAKE ACTION to OPPOSE this dangerous legislation!

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