DSC Submits Official Comment to USFWS on African Elephant Uplisting

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Dallas, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- DSC submitted its official comment yesterday in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's call for comments regarding the future of the African elephant.

In March, the Service began accepting comments of scientific and commercial information concerning the possible reclassification of the African elephant from Threatened to Endangered. The Service requested factual comments to see if there is any evidence to consider uplisting.

DSC Executive Director Ben Carter said, “As longtime supporters of wildlife and habitat conservation, DSC is glad to provide our insight and knowledge of the benefits hunting brings to African wildlife. We provided the USFWS with many science-based examples of successes and failures of different models of conservation. We hope that the USFWS can use this valuable insight as they review the status of the African elephant.”

In their comment, DSC provided a litany of examples to show that when hunting goes away, so do the animals. For example, Kenya banned elephant hunting in 1977. With the loss of revenue from hunting to combat poaching, Kenyan elephant populations dropped from an estimated 167,000 in 1973 to approximately 27,000 in 2013.

Many countries lack sufficient funding to properly manage wildlife and habitat. In 2012, $68 million resulted from hunting in the sub-Saharan region. More than 40 percent of this money came from hunting the Big Five, including the African elephant.

Other countries rely heavily on the revenue stream generated by hunting. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority protects the country's wildlife. For the last five years, approximately 50 percent of the department's budget stemmed solely from hunting revenues. Without this influx of money, most countries will not be able to effectively manage their elephant populations.

The official comment delves much deeper into the issue and highlights both the benefits brought about by legal hunting and the after effects of what happens when hunting is banned.

Interested parties can see the comment in its entirety at the DSC News Center.

About DSC (Dallas Safari Club):

A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts the Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planet that raises funds for grants in conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy. In the past five years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission.

Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.

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    Fernandino

    A comment about wildlife coming from DSC or any other hunting club is like a comment coming from a rapist on girls with mini skirts!!! Go to ask to real scientists, please!!! Elephants already are hunted in Africa just for their tusk!!!

    Wild Bill
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    No, Fernandino, that is not what it is like. Licensed hunting in Africa produced income for the various governments, merchants, and villages. Licensed hunting based upon conservation principles prevents over population, and resulting herd starvation. Licensed hunting provides meat supplies for villages. Licensed hunting ensures that there is no waste of the animal hunted. When there are no jobs or meat, villagers turn to ivory poaching. Ivory poaching results in most of the animal being wasted.

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    Fernandino

    Villagers turned to ivory poaching either way. In the matter of facts groups like Boko Haram have a steady income from that. So, adding “legal” hunting to this issue is increasing the number of animals are going to get kill. Your point about the waste of meat by poachers could be a valid point. And, the mentioned income to corrupted governments….well. If you guys want to do good and feel like you want to kill something go to fight ISIS and those guys. That is doing good. But wait, I get it: those guys shoot back, and that is too… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    I can’t speak with authority about Boko Haram’s financing. I don’t think that you can either, but most villages don’t go poaching, unless they get really hungary. Legal hunting prevents villagers from going hungary. As to trading fire with the enemies of the United States… been there and done that. As one rises in their military career, it gets to a point that your staff won’t even let you go out on the FEBA, much less engage targets. Maybe it is your turn, Fernando.

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    Fernandino

    I did that too years ago. Then is when I realized it is NOT fun to kill, at least you need to do it. I have no problem with the guy go in his backyard and kill an elk to have few months of meat in his-her fridge; but going to Africa or Asia paying big money to have the head of that animal hanged on the wall doesn’t make any sense to me…. If I will have hanged on the wall the heads of the people went down in front of me I believe I could be arrested or… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Well, Fernando, you may not have their heads on your wall, but at least you will always have the fond memories! No one can take that away from you.