International Wildlife Conservation Council Will Be The Buzz at SCI Convention

USA – -( In a recent press release, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council. The Council will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior. It will focus on increased public awareness domestically regarding conservation, wildlife law enforcement and economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling abroad to hunt.

“The announcement of the International Wildlife Conservation Council is a huge win for wildlife, hunters and conservationist all over the world,” said SCI President, Paul Babaz. “The goals of this Council are right in line with what SCI has stood for since the organization was founded.”

“I’m sure the announcement of this Council will be the most talked about subject on the floor of the 2018 Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention, January 31- February 3,” says Convention Director Rob Holliday. “The fact that decisions on wildlife around the world will be influenced by facts is very encouraging. We invite all hunters to attend this year’s Convention to celebrate this milestone.”

“Built on the backs of hunters and anglers, the American conservation model proves to be the example for all nations to follow for wildlife and habitat conservation,” Secretary Zinke said. “The conservation and long-term health of big game crosses international boundaries. This council will provide important insight into the ways that American sportsmen and women benefit international conservation from boosting economies and creating hundreds of jobs to enhancing wildlife conservation.”

The Council will advise the Secretary of the Interior on the benefits that international recreational hunting has on foreign wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking programs, and other ways in which international hunting benefits human populations in these areas.

“SCI has and continues to lead the fight for sound wildlife conservation and hunter rights all over the world,” said President Babaz. “Poaching and loss of habitat are two of the major problems facing wildlife everywhere. The economic impact hunting has in a country is the best way to provide funds and support wildlife populations.”

“To have a voice in the decisions that will be made regarding regulations is very encouraging,” said President Babaz. “This will help insure that those decisions are made with the best interest of wildlife in mind, and not on emotion.”

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Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 international hunters to visit Las Vegas, January 31-February 3, 2018.  The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2018 Hunters’ Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with over a million square feet of exhibits and almost 1,000 exhibiting companies.

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