Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Safari Club International has some 50,000 members, 150 chapters and collects $3.17 million in membership dues each year. It raises another 7 million from their annual convention. But what is truly despicable about this organization is that it encourages slaughter through awards.
SCI’s record book system ranks the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies of hunted animals. Hunter…s are rewarded with trophies for completing a “Grand Slam”. There are 15 “Grand Slams”. The ones that cover Africa are:
1. “The African Big Five Club” African lion, African leopard, African elephant, African buffalo and an African rhinoceros.
2. “Dangerous Game of Africa” requires a minimum of five from the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, African rhinoceros, African buffalo, hippopotamus and Nile crocodile.
3. “African 29” African lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and a small cat, eland, bongo,kudu, nyala, sitatunga, bushbuck, sable antelope, roan antelope, oryx/gemsbok, waterbuck,lechwe, kob or puku, reedbuck or rhebok, wildebeest, hartebeest, mamalisc, impala, gazelle, pygmy antelope, springbok, dik-dik, bush duiker, forest duiker, nubian ibex, aoudad, hippopotamus, and wild pig.
4. “Cats of the World” minimum of four of: lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, cougar, lynx, cougar or puma, serval, carcal, African golden cat or bobcat.
There are dozens of other reward categories where members can buy special gold and bejewelled pins for the number of kills they rack up.
There is also the “Global Hunting Award” that requires the killer to have hunted 6 continents to receive a diamond award, a minimum of 17 native in Africa, 13 native or introduced in North America, 4 native or introduced in South America, 6 native or introduced in Europe, 6 native to Asia and 4 introduced in the South Pacific, for a total of 50 animals.
There is the “Hunting Achievement Award” that requires a minimum of 125 animals, or 60 if hunting with a bow.
And for women they have the “Diana Award”, given to women who “have excelled in international big game hunting”.
And finally there is the obscenely named “World Conservation & Hunting Award” given to hunters who have killed on six continents and have killed more than 300 species. This “esteemed” award goes to the killer who has taken all 14 “Grand Slams”, the 23 “Inner Circles”, “Pinnacle of Achievement” (fourth) and the “Crowning Achievement Award”.
It is this award system that is driving thousands of wealthy primarily white men and a few women to spend millions of dollars stalking animals around the world for the sole purpose of killing the in the name of vanity and self-glorification.
See the SCI hit lists here: