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DC – HUNTING – Safari Club Will Probe Sale of Captive-Bred Lion Hunts (VIDEO)

A trophy-hunting group says it has launched an ethics investigation following the release of undercover video showing vendors at its recent convention promoting trips to shoot captive-bred lions in Africa. Safari Club International CEO W. Laird Hamberlin vowed swift action to ensure exhibitors at the group’s annual convention “operate in full compliance with SCI’s policies.” The group had previously issued public assurances that so-called canned hunts wouldn’t be sold at its events. “Under my leadership, this organization will take all necessary action to ensure that all of our partners adhere to the policies that are instrumental in making us First for Hunters,” Hamberlin said, referencing his organization’s slogan. “No matter where this investigation may take us, I can guarantee that SCI will identify and follow the right course of action to guarantee the integrity of our show, and adherence to our high standards for ethical hunting.” Hamberlin’s statement comes after The Associated Press reported on video footage collected last week by investigators for the Humane Society of the United States at SCI’s annual conference in Reno, Nevada. SCI’s yearly gatherings typically draw thousands of attendees and hundreds of vendors selling firearms, overseas safari trips and items made from the skins and bones of rare wildlife.  [full article]

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