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DSC Statement on New U.S. Elephant Policy

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On April 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that African elephants hunted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe in 2014 may not be imported to the U.S. The agency says its new policy will be reevaluated in 2015 and beyond.

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DALLAS—– On April 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that African elephants hunted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe in 2014 may not be imported to the U.S. The agency says its new policy will be reevaluated in 2015 and beyond. The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is concerned that this ruling was made suddenly, arbitrarily, unilaterally, with disregard for science and citizens in the affected countries, and with ignorance of on-the-ground realities of conservation in Africa. By banning American hunters, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has effectually de-funded the system that protects elephants where they are threatened, and manages elephants where they are overpopulated. DSC has contacted the agency, lawmakers and stakeholders. Its letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is posted here.


About Dallas Safari Club
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.

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