Columbus, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- There’s no denying that California’s Department of Fish and Game has become increasingly cozy with the Humane Society of the United States.
In 2009 the radical animal rights group “donated” $5,000 to help feed game warden search dogs. The group also pledged an additional $2,500 to the Cal TIP line (a special line to report poaching) to help combat poaching.
And HSUS donated deer decoys to California that were used to catch poachers. Of course, there is a price to pay for collaborating with the world’s largest anti-hunting organization. In their publications, HSUS refers to the apprehended poachers as hunters.
Just to be certain you understand this growing connection between HSUS and California and see the results, California Dept. of Game and Fish Chief of Law Enforcement Nancy Foley wrote this in 2009: “California’s wildlife and habitat are under severe pressure,” penned Foley. “We are very grateful for the support from The Humane Society of the United States for our efforts to combat the scourge of poaching and look forward to developing a lasting partnership.”
Hunters know better. They are fully aware of HSUS’ real agenda to ban hunting, and recognize that their ploys are a means to sanitize their image to fool people.
Now it seems that HSUS is demanding payment for the more than 7,500 favors (dollars) it bestowed on California. The HSUS wants Commissioner Daniel Richards fired for taking a personal vacation and legally —and successfully— hunting mountain lions in Idaho. Daniel Richards is the current president of California’s five-member Fish and Game Commission.
On February 22, 2012 Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO, blogged that, “Richards should step down and make way for an appointee who balances the diverse interests of the people of California―who want something more than a lion hunter in the lead.”
Perhaps Pacelle really wants Richards to step down and make way for someone who follows HSUS views and does not hunt—anything, anywhere.
Apparently, HSUS feels that its financial investment in the California Department of Fish and Game gives the organization the political clout to determine whether a hunter can continue to manage a department that is charged to manage all wildlife—and hunting, trapping, and fishing.
The ranting by Pacelle continued again on March 2 when he blogged: “The NRA and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance are bellyaching that Richards is being unfairly targeted for a legal hunt.”
Mr. Pacelle has us dead right there. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance will always stand up for the rights of America’s hunters and anglers. And we’re not alone in this fight. In addition to the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International, Masters of Foxhounds, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and many, many more organizations have all lent their support to Commissioner Richards.
The bottom line is that HSUS has declared an open season on wildlife professionals who hunt. And we can’t just take that lying down. And neither should any other hunter. HSUS has already hoodwinked half of California’s state legislature to call for Commissioner Richard’s head.
California sportsmen should contact their state assemblymen and state senators in support of his right to hunt, right now.
Take Action! Sportsmen need to call their state legislators in support of Commissioner Richards TODAY. Tell them to keep anti-hunting politics out of wildlife conservation. To find your state legislators’ contact information, visit USSA’s Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org/LAC.
Sportsmen can also voice their support for Commissioner Richards with the California Fish and Game Commission via phone at (916) 653-4899, fax (916) 653-5040 or by email at [email protected]
About U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit www.ussportsmen.org.