Poachers Are Not Hunters

Safari Club International supports legal, regulated trophy hunting and condemns criminal poaching of wildlife.

Hunting and poaching are not the same. One is good for wildlife and the other is bad.

Yet there seems to be confusion in the media about the difference between legal hunting and illegal poaching – the two terms, when used interchangeably, are used improperly.

There is a video circulating in the mainstream and social media that shows a father and son criminally poaching a sow black bear and her cubs in Alaska. The crimes were recorded on video because the mother bear was collared and part of a study.

“SCI wants to set the record straight,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “What is shown on that video is not hunting and the two men in the video are not members of SCI. SCI members are ethical hunters. Those two men are convicted criminals.”

In fact, SCI and its members as well as SCI Foundation engage in effective wildlife conservation projects around the world, including bear conservation.

Because it is based on scientifically supported sustainable use of wildlife resources; legal, regulated trophy hunting results in enhanced wildlife populations. Poaching merely kills animals, and in extreme cases threatens entire species.

Legal, regulated trophy hunting never threatens species. In other words, legal hunting is the solution, while illegal poaching is the problem. Using the two terms interchangeably adds to the problem.

“SCI members and other ethical hunters around the world are proud of what we do to help assure healthy wildlife populations for now and in the future,” SCI President Babaz noted. “As much as we work to conserve wildlife resources, we work as diligently in our opposition to the criminal poaching of them.”


4 thoughts on “Poachers Are Not Hunters”

  1. SCI must become more main stream. Hsus has video of this crime on web and e mail streams for fund raising and anti hunting positions. Our members know our positions but the general public does not readily accept conservation and humane aspects of hunting and fishing. Regards

    1. Agreed, James. You’ll note that SCI condemned the incident here, on social media and in a press release to the outdoor and mainstream press. You can help by going to our Facebook page and sharing the condemnation with your friends, teaching them the difference between poachers and hunters, and encouraging them to share the message.

    1. I believe you’ll find a person is not “unethical” but choices or behaviors may be. Webster’s defines “ethical” as: “…involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval…” or “conforming to accepted standards of conduct.” If your (or others’) moral sense and standards of conduct find trophy hunting immoral, then you or these others, to be true to yourselves, should not trophy hunt or be compelled or coerced to trophy hunt by someone else. Likewise, since I believe legal hunting (including legal trophy hunting) is ethical, I should be free to hunt and not be compelled or coerced into not hunting (including trophy hunting). While you’re certainly free to state your ethical disagreement, I don’t believe we should imply that your or my ‘moral sense’ or ‘standards of conduct’ should be forced upon others, mine on you or yours on me. (I believe we have enough examples of how badly forcing moral viewpoints and behaviors on others turns out…).

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