Columbus, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- On Friday, March 9th, following an intense lobbying campaign by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) and many of its members and partners, Assembly Member Ben Hueso (D-79th/San Diego) dropped his bid to remove California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards from his seat on the Commission.
This is according to a report by COHA in its Field Wire newsletter.
In a letter to Governor Brown, Assembly Member Hueso and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-46th/Los Angeles) stated that they instead have decided to work on introducing legislation which would “improve the standards and practices of the California Fish and Game Commission”.
Among other things, the bill will reportedly include a revised conflict-of-interest code for commissioners.
Last month, animal-rights interests –led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and including Audubon and Sierra Club chapters— launched an all-out campaign seeking the removal of Richards. At the center of the controversy was a photo in a hunting magazine of Richards’ with a mountain lion he legally harvested on a recent hunt in Idaho.
During an early March meeting of California’s Fish and Game Commission in Riverside, California, scores of hunters, anglers, and firearms enthusiasts arrived to support Richards. Only a handful of animal rightists were present at the event in a losing effort.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is proud to have played a part to defeat the effort to remove Commissioner Richards. This campaign is an example of how powerful sportsmen can be when united.
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.