By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Subscribers no doubt followed the media firestorm that erupted due to the Nov. 2017 US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) decision to issue import permits for elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The brouhaha erupted just as we were about to start printing the Dec. issue of The Hunting Report
with a story about permits being approved for elephant from those countries. The accompanying issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin
by John J. Jackson, III also contained a story about this success. Permits were put on hold suddenly by presidential intervention. With those and other permits at real risk at the time, we literally pulled both publications as our printer was firing up the presses.
Jackson and Hunting Report
Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown were attending the PHASA convention in South Africa when this occurred and amended both issues from the hotel coffee shop. They also prepared an Email Extra Bulletin asking subscribers to help counter the attacks and demands leveled at US President Trump to reverse the USFWS decision. The plea for a personal letter to the president included a tip sheet with facts about elephant management that subscribers could draw from to counter the false information being fed to President Trump by opponents of hunting. (You can get the tip sheet on our homepage in the Nov. 23 bulletin titled "Your Immediate Action Required to Save Elephant Hunting.")
At this writing, import permits are still on hold. Subscribers with questions about import permits for elephants and lions should visit us at the Dallas Safari Club convention (booth A9) or the Safari Club International convention (booth 133) for information on what's happening....