SCI: Trophy Hunting


SCI contests and awards
SCI members kill prescribed lists of animals to win so-called ‘Grand Slam’ and ‘Inner Circle’ titles. The list of macabre ‘contests’ include the Africa Big Five, (leopard, elephant, lion, rhino, and buffalo); the North American Twenty Nine (all species of bear, bison, sheep, moose, caribou, and deer); and the Antlered Game of the Americas, among many other contests. SCI members take short cuts in their hurry to beat competitors by killing captive and defenseless animals in canned hunts, both in the United States and in other countries. Corruption and unethical behavior is rampant in this bloodlust mentality: competitors lure animals to their guns over bait, shoot them from helicopters or vehicles with spotlights, or in or near national parks.

The Holy Grail for trophy hunters: the SCI Record book
Founded by Teddy Roosevelt, the Boone & Crockett Club keeps a record book of trophy animals killed. All trophy hunters aspire to getting their names in the book. SCI has a similar book, but far more lenient about what is allowed in—including animals killed in canned hunts.

SCI’s record book, a three-volume compendium of trophy hunters, contains thousands of pages of horrific listings of who killed what animal and where and when, spanning more than 1,100 species, some of which have since become extinct. Meticulous scores and rankings are noted for the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies, and added photographs of happily grinning men posing with their high powered rifles or archery next to lifeless animals.

SCI’s shady and sordid history
SCI was founded by C.J. McElroy, a trophy hunter who shot animals in fifty countries on six continents. He killed nearly 400 trophy animals that appear in SCI’s record book, including animals now endangered and no longer viable in their native habitat.
Among McElroy’s victims are countless African elephants, southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, Scimitar-horned oryx, addax, hippopotamus, pygmy hippopotamus, dama gazelle, polar bear, African lions, Bengal tigers, wolves, leopards, jaguar and others. McElroy was forced to resign in 1988, after being accused of killing a Rocky Mountain bighorn ram in a national park, and other illegal actions.

The list of past presidents of the SCI, includes men, who have killed an unlimited number of animals in highly unethical circumstances, e.g., elected 2007 president, Dennis Anderson
had completed “North American 29,” which requires killing of a minimum of 322 separate species and sub-species. Other species killed by Anderson include polar bear, ibex, gazelle, roe deer, wolf, Asian elk, bighorn sheep, rhinoceros, bontebok, rhebok, vaal, reedbuck, lynx, elephant, and hyena.

Anderson has almost 100 entries in SCI’s record book, including animals shot in pens, endangered species, the “African Big 5″ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and a polar bear. He joins the ranks of ruthless murderers of wild animals with former president Ralph S. Cunningham, and former vice president Lawrence Rudolph, who each have more than 200 entries in SCI’s trophy record book, including animals killed on captive hunting ranches and several endangered species. Mr. Rudolph has also been rewarded for killing the “African Big 5″ and a polar bear.