The last 30 days have been chock full of key events that have a tremendous impact on the future of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting in America – events that are leading many sportsmen and women to draw conclusions about (or further cement their conclusions about) Democratic decision makers.
In the nation’s capitol, Congress debated sportsmen’s access to public land, whether EPA could regulate ammunition and fishing tackle, whether recreational shooting should be permissible on national monument land where compatible, and last whether the United States should allow the importation of legally hunted trophies.
When it comes to asserting the rights of animals, the end truly justifies the means for the animal rights lobby, and their minions in Congress and state legislatures across the country. This phenomenon has been on stark display in the United States House of Representatives and in the California Senate over the last 30 days:
Some of My Best Friends are Hunters
On April 17th, the U.S. House passed the most significant piece of pro-sportsmen legislation in 15 years, as HR 4089 was approved 274-189. Although the vote included 39 Democrats, a group of their left-leaning colleagues led the charge to gut the bill through a series of amendments. The most disgusting part of this maneuver was to see several of them profess their love and admiration for hunting and fishing prior to proposing amendments that would neuter the very hunting, fishing and shooting protections that HR 4089 provides.
Some are wondering if the game is fixed, questioning whether a majority of Senators are already in bed with the Humane Society of the United States. The truth is we don’t know that, and wondering about it won’t change a single vote.
The key now is to bring pressure on each Senator from within their own districts in as many ways as possible. Continue reading →
In one of the latest fundraising pleas from the world’s most powerful animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States intentionally misleads readers about legislation moving through Congress that protects the rights of American hunters, anglers and recreational shooters:
It’s election time again. And all over America various interest groups are discovering that our local politicians do in fact still know we exist. And more important, that they think just like us. Now is the time of year when the congressman who normally wears the $1,000 Brooks Brothers suits gets the Starter jacket featuring the logo from the area’s prominent NFL team out of moth balls, and shows up at the local sports bar to make sure we all know that he is just like us.
As hunters we ought to be familiar with this song and dance. Over the next six months we will see plenty of freshly creased flannel shirts and shotguns, that have not been used enough to open easily, broken awkwardly over shoulders. And while all of this conversation takes place with us “regular folk,” young Washington DC staffers who look 15, but are actually probably 25, will be snapping photos to be used in campaign brochures, emails and websites.
That’s a direct quote from Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the world’s largest animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States during a debate with me over legislation that would ban hunting black bears in California using hounds.
I’ve never heard anyone state the commitment and purpose of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance more succinctly. I’ll explain:
Anti’s Strategy: Find the Weakest Link
The anti’s strategy, including the Humane Society of the United States, is the same as it was back in 1978 when our organization was born.
They identify a form of hunting that has a lower number of participants.
They bet that the majority of hunters will not come to the aid of their brethren.
They co-opt the urban media to portray that form of hunting as particularly cruel and unsporting.
They stir up the emotions of well-meaning city folk to contact their legislators.
They use all of these to pressure politicians to vote to take our hunting rights away.
Last week I wrote the inaugural post for the Protect What’s Right blog. It shed light on the lie that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spreads each and every day to the public, media and elected officials that they are not really against all hunting…just the really bad kinds of hunting.
We exposed the lie by examining the organization’s actions in recent years. And then followed up by reading the words that have been written and uttered by the leaders of HSUS regarding hunting. It’s a fact. They oppose all hunting.
The main force behind the effort to ban the hunting of California’s black bears and bobcats with hounds is the world’s largest anti-hunting group – a group that won’t be satisfied unless all hunting is illegal. Of course I know that claim sounds like a lot of hyperbole. And it’s expected that the opposition to a bill like this would make this argument. But it is also the truth. And I can prove it.