In case yall have not heard, the Humane Society as of Jan 1, 2005 merged with Fund for Animals and according to "Bowhunter" magazines March/April Edition, will now have as much as 95 Million to finance their anti-hunting campaigns and according to the article they are targeting bowhunting exclusively to start with. Multiple organizations, including the Archery Trade Asso.(ATA), International Bowhunting Organization (IBO), National Bowhunter Education Foundation to name a few, have begun a grassroots fight against this threat. With Wayne Pacelle as HSUS CEO, you can rest assured he has nothing but taking away our hunting rights in mind for us. The joining of these two organizations has resulted in the formation of an Animal Protection Litigation department. This department is staffed with lawyers whose only purpose is to use the local, state and district courts to abolish hunting with achery equipment as a start. Much of this information is taken directly from the "Bowhunter" article with respects to Mr. M.R. James, Editor Emeritus for the magazine, who wrote it. If you value your bowhunting rights, and your love for the outdoor sports overall, I encourage you to take a stand against this push by the HSUS. If they succeeed anywhere in this it will set precedence for any other court case which enevitibly comes and makes it that much harder to defend our hunting and fishing rights. Don't sit idle. Pass this info on to all the sportsmen and women you know! For more information please visit the following links:
HSUS.org - Their web site has articles and alerts all sportsmen and women should review.
Here is an article from this link:
Sportsmen Fortify Defense Against Anti's
(Columbus) - A coalition of the nation's leading national bowhunting organizations and communications firms have joined to combat the newly elevated threat to bowhunting posed by the merger of two national animal rights groups.
The groups are uniting behind an initial U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance plan to mobilize bowhunters in defense of their sport.
"Bowhunters have proven their resolve in the past and must again demonstrate their might to stave off promised attacks by anti-hunters,) said Rick Story, senior vice president of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.
At a January meeting, the Bowhunter Rights Coalition (BRC) was launched in response to the January 1 merger of the Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals. The new mega-animal rights group boasts of a multi-million dollar budget and has vowed to target bowhunting in 2005.
State and local bowhunting organizations, as well as individual bowhunters and other sportsmen are being recruited to unite under the BRC flag. Bowhunter Magazine, The Bowsite, The International Bowhunting Organization and Pope & Young Club have already joined the coalition.
"The BRC will build a grassroots network capable of defending against attacks in the courts, in legislatures or on the ballot,) said Story. "These allies will help to distribute issue alerts, urge sportsmen to contact lawmakers regarding hunting-related legislation and dilute the burden of legal fees in defense of bowhunting.)
The coalition's main thrust will be the ability to effectively communicate and to have a rapid response capability. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is preparing a BRC website on which it will post the latest news about the assault against bowhunting for sportsmen and bowhunting publications. It will provide educational materials about bowhunter safety and more. A chat room will also be available to discuss issues and for occasional live chats with leaders of the bowhunting community.
"The Alliance's successes over the years have been attributed to our ability to organize,) said Story. "That was evident in the formation of the Bowhunter Defense Coalition in 1988 in response to increasing attacks on bowhunting. This effectiveness will be recreated with the BRC.)
A report from the Humane Society of the United States released on January 31 lays out the group's plans to ban hunting in 2005. Aside from previous plans to target bowhunting, HSUS is preparing a ballot campaign to ban Michigan's dove season for which sportsmen arduously fought.
For more information about how to join the Bowhunter Rights Coalition, call the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, (614) 888-4868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
Again support your local and national organizations and preserve your outdoor activities and ultimately your livelihood!
Mike "Mac" McLane
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A 95 million dollar coffer is nothing to smirk at. Ultimately,the time will come when all of us will feel the sting of the anti's coalitions against us. One tool we have on our side is education. Once the public realizes that these maniacs want to do away with everything from Chicken McNuggets to grandmas' having a parakeet,they'll see that they must be stopped as well. If there is one book that must be read by every hunter,please let it be Dr.Dave Samuel's book "KNOW HUNTING". This book covers every aspect of what we as a hunting community are up against and how we can combat the enemy with diplomacy and tact yet still be very effective. For those that really enjoy spending time with great books on the subject,please read "WILDLIFE AND THE AMERICAN MIND;Public Opinion on and Attitudes Toward Fish and Wildlife Management",by Mark Duda,Steven J.Bissel and Kira C.Young.
It's time for all taxidermy organizations to unite and get our own lobyists in Washington just as the National Trappers Association have. (How do they do that with only a $25.00 a year dues fee anyway?) To rely on other groups like SCI,CF,NRA etc.,do our bidding is like keeping our own light under a bucket. Priorities must be made,cutbacks on spending must be done and more money should be poured into a defense system for all taxidermists to be part of. I'm talking about a major impact not just a feel good syndrome like putting money in the collection plate at church. Sure you give the money but have no say in where it's suppose to go. No where in our counrty are game laws so vague as to fit the selective enforcement needs as the Division personel see fit. Trying to organize taxidermists here is like wrapping a bird body out pure cotton. You can shape it all right but you can't penetrate it. I'm not so sure of the spelling of this word,but I believe we have turned ourselves into quite the most 'narcisist' industry going. Relying on every other group to stand up in Washington for us because we're just too busy working at we enjoy doing. Not there's a problem with that but when all that is on our minds is 'what's in it for me' we get what we deserve for it. Could you imagine a Federation of International Taxidermy Organizations?! Well at least the bowhunters have the right idea. Mac,your words are so well taken that I must thankyou for them.