Johannesburg, South Africa Nov. 14, 2011 — The Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa (PHASA) today announced a new “Preferred Conservation Partner” strategic alliance with Dallas Safari Club (DSC).

The announcement was made during the PHASA convention and annual meeting, Nov. 14-16, 2011, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ben Carter, DSC executive director, is attending the event and met with PHASA leaders on details of the partnership, which includes PHASA opening and staffing a new DSC satellite office within PHASA headquarters in Centurion, South Africa.

Carter said, “Our new office in South Africa will serve to further liaison between PHASA and DSC on issues of mutual interest, such as promoting conservation, education and hunter advocacy, as well as reinforcing the highest standards of the hunting and guiding industry.”

“We’re extremely proud to step up with PHASA to strengthen the ties between hunting, healthy habitat and abundant wildlife populations worldwide,” added Carter.

Eduard Katzke, president of PHASA, said the organization “values its longstanding relationship with DSC as one of the premier hunting and conservation organizations in the world, and this new agreement not only strengthens the partnership but also elevates the opportunity for both organizations to increase benefits to their members. This alliance sets a higher standard of cooperation in improving hunting ethics, professionalism and the hunting industry.”

The PHASA mission is to support the conservation and ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources, for the benefit of current and future generations, through the promotion of ethical hunting. PHASA members adhere to a code of conduct, and only members in good standing are allowed to exhibit at the DSC annual convention and expo.

DSC’s upcoming event is Jan. 5-8, 2012, at the Dallas Convention Center.

PHASA, one of the world’s largest outfitter organizations and a growing authority in hunting and guiding industry issues worldwide, is the third to align with DSC as its “Preferred Conservation Partner.” The Alaska Professional Hunters Association and the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia announced strategic alliances with DSC earlier this year.

Carter said, “These partnerships between DSC and PHASA and other organizations are a strong step toward ensuring the future of hunting, both at home and abroad. By combining our strengths, we can more effectively sustain the integrity, ethics, stewardship and leadership that made sportsmen the first worldwide voice for conservation.”

Each “Preferred Conservation Partner” agreement identifies cross-promotional opportunities for each organization in coming years.

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