Washington, D.C. — Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation)  exposed the hypocrisy of four animal rights groups in a new report released  today. The report, “Keeping the Lion’s Share” counters a “study” issued last  week questioning the role of hunters in helping African communities, and calling  for African lions to be listed by the U.S. government as an endangered species.  The report points to figures that show the millions of dollars contributed by  hunters to African communities dwarf the paltry expenditures by the animal  rights groups in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), its affiliate Humane Society  International (HSI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and Born  Free USA collectively raised $151 million yet spent only about 1 penny of every  dollar raised in Africa, according to their most recent annual tax returns. In  fact, HSUS gave a paltry 0.03% of the money it raised in grants to sub-Saharan  Africa. Further, much of the grant money from these groups doesn’t appear to be  directed toward lion conservation at all.

“The animal rights groups raise a pretty penny by ginning up one complaint  after another,” stated SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer.  “But they are  hypocrites, plowing the money into bloated overhead rather than into science and  the conservation of African wildlife.”

The report also details the less-than-stellar grades several of the animal  rights groups draw from the charity watchdog American Institute of Philanthropy  (AIP). AIP awards HSUS a “D” grade, finding the group spends up to half its  budget on overhead, and awards “C-minus” and “C” grades to IFAW and Born Free  USA, respectively, for their wasteful spending practices.

Meanwhile, Alexander Songorwa, Tanzania’s top wildlife official, wrote  in The New York Times in March praising the “critical role”  that hunters play in African communities. Hunting generated $75 million for his  country’s economy alone between 2008 and 2011, providing funds to sustain game  reserves, support locally operated wildlife management, and build schools,  roads, and hospitals. Revenues from hunting generate $200 million annually in  remote rural areas of Africa.

“Hunting is a vital part of sustaining  rural African communities, and the Safari Club International Foundation is very  proud to have a number of charitable and scientific programs that directly help  the communities,” concluded Conservation Committee Chairman Dr. Al Maki. “HSUS,  IFAW, Born Free USA, and HSI should stop sponsoring spurious studies to further  an extreme animal rights agenda, and put their money where their mouth  is.”

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