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Protect Legal, Regulated Trade in Wildlife

Animal rights groups have petitioned USFWS to ban legal, regulated trade in wildlife. They are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to stop imports, exports, and interstate shipping of wild mammals and birds, whether alive or dead. Make no mistake: this is a veiled attempt to shutdown hunting here and abroad. SCI needs your help to defeat this dangerous attack on our community and stand for the rights of hunters. Sign our petition TODAY!

SCI needs your help to defeat a dangerous new attack on legal, regulated trade in wildlife, including hunting trophies, game meat, and live animals.

Animal rights groups have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop all imports, exports, and interstate shipping of wild mammals and birds, whether alive or dead. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council asked the Service to impose this countrywide ban, citing concerns about the transmission of animal-borne diseases.

SCI has started its own petition to counter the request made to the Service. SCI will not sit by and let these groups present a false narrative to the Service. You can support SCI by adding your name and making sure the Service knows you oppose the animal rights groups’ request.

Exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic, these groups want to stop the import of trophies from Africa, Canada, or anywhere else.

They want to stop interstate shipping of game meat, antlers, and all other parts and products of wild mammals and birds.

And they want to stop the export of live or legally harvested wildlife from the United States—meaning antlers, game meat, and live animals could not be taken from the U.S. to Canada, Europe, or anywhere else.

This misguided petition would cripple the U.S. and international hunting industries, which are already suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic. It would cut off essential funding for wildlife conservation and management, which comes from hunting fees and the sale of hunting-related goods. The petition would also shut down the sustainable, commercial use of wildlife, which has helped bring species back from the brink of extinction. Simply put, adoption of the petitioners’ request would be devastating for both humans and wildlife.

The petition is not based on science or evidence, and the petitioners completely ignore existing safeguards, just so they can obtain their ideological goals of shutting down the legal, regulated international trade in wildlife. But similar proposed bans have been strongly criticized by experts and community leaders.

Fortunately, the petitioners’ request is not legally supported by the Lacey Act or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the authorities on which they rely. But despite the lack of legal or scientific support, the petitioners and similar organizations who value their ideology over the well-being of wildlife and people, will undoubtedly continue to seek to obtain greater restrictions on legal, regulated wildlife trade. SCI will continue to fight against this petition and any similar attacks on sustainable-use conservation.

Sign SCI’s petition today, and raise your voice against this international threat.

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