By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
On June 13, we sent out an Email Extra Bulletin alerting subscribers that a Hunting Report
subscriber had received notice from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) informing him that that they were going to release his personal information to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). This anti-hunting organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request as regards the import and export of rhinoceros and elephant parts, including sport-hunted trophies.
No one should have been taken by surprise by this: we warned you it was coming! On November 8, 2016, we emailed a news bulletin warning that anti-hunting groups were trying to obtain information on hunters from USFWS through an FOIA request for records on wildlife product/parts importations. With assistance from John Jackson, we provided language for hunters to object to such a release in a letter to USFWS.
The request for information affecting this particular Hunting Report
subscriber was filed in April. The hunter had until June 23 to respond and object....