Safari Club International has released a report, "A Stampede of Hypocrisy," that attempts to serve as an exposé accusing animal rights activists of stealing financial donations that were intended for elephants. While SCI may be correct in its claims against the organizations it mentions, it is a rather weak attempt at discrediting those who oppose SCI's methods of conservation and as we will see, their partners are not without their forms of corruption and mismanagement. The impetus for their attack stems from the USFWS's temporary ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
In the background section of their release, SCI states that activists "trumpet" that they are speaking for the interests of elephants, but "are nothing more than jumbo hypocrites." The evidence that SCI uses to indict an entire community as being hypocritical are two stories about organizations that were found to have conducted improper spending and tactics. The actions that SCI highlights, while not acceptable, do not, however, reflect the tacit on-ground work that people in those organizations do, nor should they serve as examples of all activists. There are dozens of legitimate organizations worldwide working to protect elephants with little funding. Not only is the purpose of their report to point fingers, it is poorly constructed and shallow, as it does not present a valid claim that activists are poaching funds from elephants. It merely, although accurately, provides examples of the mismanagement of a few organizations.