Safari Club International (SCI) congratulates the Michigan Senate for their bipartisan triumph by passing the citizen-initiated law, the   Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) today. SCI, along with hundreds of local sportsmen’s organizations in the state of Michigan support the SFWCA and expect to see the Michigan House take their vote before the end of August. SCI would like to thank the following Senators for protecting science based conservation in the state today by supporting SFWCA:

  • Senator Jim Ananich
  • Senator Jack Brandenburg
  • Senator Darwin Booher
  • Senator Tom Casperson
  • Senator Bruce Caswell
  • Senator Patrick Colbeck
  • Senator Judy Emmons
  • Senator Mike Green
  • Senator Geoff Hansen
  • Senator Dave Hildenbrand
  • Senator Joe Hune
  • Senator Mark Jansen
  • Senator Rick Jones
  • Senator Roger Kahn
  • Senator Mike Kowall
  • Senator Arlan Meekhof
  • Senator John Moolenaar
  • Senator Phil Pavlov
  • Senator David Robertson
  • Senator Tory Rocca
  • Senator Randy Richardville
  • Senator Tonya Schuitmaker
  • Senator Howard Walker

“The senate vote today is the first hurdle to ensure scientific management of our wildlife in Michigan is not violated by animal rights organizations,” said Merle Shepard, Past President of SCI and Michigan resident.  “Without this citizen-initiated legislation, fish and game decisions made by our state’s professional wildlife biologists will be subject to endless referendums run by out-of-state activists. The hunters and conservationists of Michigan now need our elected officials in the House of Representatives to pass SFWCA as it was intended by the citizens of the state.”

Out-of-state anti-hunting groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have launched two referendum drives in Michigan seeking to overrule Michigan’s wildlife biologists on game management decisions. With their deep pockets, they know that once they get on a statewide ballot, it’s just a matter of spending millions of dollars in misleading advertising. They are currently trying the same strategy in Maine,just as they tried it here in 1996 and in 2006. SFWCA puts an end to the constant referendums and campaigning for proper wildlife management and replaces it with proper scientific management of wildlife.

The bipartisan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) was created in 1922 to separate conservation from politics. In 1996, the people of Michigan voted to give the NRC exclusive authority to issue game orders and required that it use sound science. This initiative makes sure that fish and game decisions can be made by the only public body in Michigan required by the people to use sound science: the Natural Resources Commission.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act:

  • Ensures that decisions affecting the taking of fish and game are made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management;
  • Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military, and;
  • Provides appropriations for fisheries management activities within Michigan necessary for rapid response, prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive species, including Asian carp.


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