One of the biggest caveats about hunting in Africa, for me, is the fact that as a U.S. citizen, my government prohibits me from bringing the meat I harvest back home with me. The justification for this strict prohibition - fear of disease from meat of questionable origin - is a valid concern. But it seems to me that an exception could surely be made for hunters who bring the meat that they harvested, that perhaps they even helped dress and butcher(so they know it was not tainted in the process), and that only they will eat. Provided, of course, that it is properly vacuum packed and that the hunter has the proper paperwork to verify that the meat is his. I know that shipping costs could be prohibitive for a large amount of meat, but even 40 or 50 pounds of meat would add a LOT of value to an expensive hunt for someone like me, who has always been more of a meat hunter than a trophy hunter. But, alas, in order for that to ever happen, someone, some lobby group representing millions of people, would have to pressure the U.S. government to change the law. It seems to me the obvious group would be Safari Club International. To my knowledge, SCI is not involved in any such lobbying effort. I don't know whether that is because they believe that such an effort would be doomed to failure, or if it is because they just don't care. Whatever the reason, it seems to me that until the law is eased to allow at least a modest amount of hunted meat into the U.S., trips to Africa will be a rarity for old-fashioned hunters like me who want to enjoy the animals we harvest at the dinner table as well as in the trophy room, and who can only afford so many journeys to the dark continent anyway. Does anyone share this view? Or am I a lone voice in a sea of trophy hunters who could care less? If any of you agree with me, do you have any ideas about how to convince SCI, or any similar organization, to take up the fight?