Safari Club International isn’t about to sit by idly as anti-hunters attack a federal conservation council and its members.
Anti-hunters never let facts get in the way of an emotionally-based false argument, as is evidenced in their attacks in the media on tomorrow’s meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Council in Atlanta, GA.
“The shameful criticisms of the IWCC from the anti-hunting community are not surprising but are characteristically unfounded and disappointing,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has assembled an advisory group of individuals with scientific expertise and hands-on experience with the conservation strategies that are succeeding in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
“Not only is the hunting carried out by the members of the IWCC and their constituencies sustainable, but it has been recognized by scientific authorities around the world, including by the IUCN and CITES, as having a significant role in the conservation of many species. It is time for the anti-hunters to grow-up and recognize that hunting has historically played and will continue to play an important part in international wildlife management and conservation,” Babaz stated.
Safari Club International President Paul Babaz has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America.
Babaz, a lifelong hunter and shooter, understands the importance of linking all facets of the shooting sports to expand the overall base and to counter the efforts of those who would deny the right to keep and bear arms and the freedom to hunt.
“I believe in forming strong alliances with other like-minded organizations as there is strength in numbers,” SCI President Babaz said. “We have to stand together on the issues that are important to us in order to combat the anti-hunting movement as well as the anti-gun movement.
“Regardless what you hunt or what type of firearm you use, we must stand together to protect the freedom to hunt whatever game we choose to hunt as well as protect the right to own the firearms of our choice,” Babaz explained, noting that it also is critical to let the rest of the world know what we are about, why we do what we do and why they should hold us in high esteem.
“We have to do a better job of communicating our message,” President Babaz continued. “We are great at talking amongst ourselves, but we need to reach out to those who may not have heard the facts, using all of the resources available to us, including the mainstream media whether we get a fair shake or not. We have a responsibility that reaches beyond ourselves and our time to continue to provide factual information about responsible firearms ownership and shooting, hunting and sustainable use conservation.”
President Babaz has asked all SCI members and others who are members of the NRA to vote for him for the NRA Board so he can help both organizations realize their crucial missions and assure a bright future for both hunting and firearms ownership.