The attorneys of Safari Club International’s Hunter Advocacy and Litigation Section work to promote and preserve hunting and sustainable use conservation in courts throughout the country.
SCI is unique among hunting organizations as the only one to have a team of lawyers dedicated to defending the right to hunt and to participate in sustainable use of wildlife. SCI has participated in cases in courts in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, California, Idaho, Nevada and Alaska.
In the last decade SCI has litigated over 50 cases involving species such as moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, muskox, dall sheep, argali sheep, Arizona desert bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, polar bear, gray wolves, lynx, wild horses, condor, greater sage grouse, Columbian sharp tailed grouse, mute swan, pheasant, ducks, scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle, addax and many others.
In addition to the protection of domestic hunting opportunities, SCI lawyers aggressively defend rules that allow the importation of trophies from foreign nations, as well as the role that sport hunting plays in the conservation of species abroad.
SCI attorneys have a recognized expertise in the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, FLPMA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and many federal and state laws, regulations and policies that govern or affect hunting, conservation, and importation.
In addition to their litigation pursuits, SCI lawyers apply their expertise to analyzing and representing SCI’s interests by drafting comments on behalf of SCI and the greater hunting community in response to public input opportunities offered on federal and state actions, regulations and policies. SCI attorneys also help draft and analyze legislation that impacts hunting access and opportunities, importation of foreign species, and sustainable use conservation.
SCI shares its expertise with other lawyers each year at its annual hunting convention in Nevada. SCI attorneys and other guest leaders in the fields of hunting, firearms, wildlife conservation and importation present an accredited continuing legal education course for lawyers. The course is co-sponsored by the Nevada State Bar.
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