There are people who kill animals for enjoyment or to demonstrate their skill. Such “sportsmen” are not interested in the future of wildlife; they’re interested in the momentary thrill and praise from fellows. Thus, regulatory protections are required. Sportsmen should be trying to reduce the human population and its expansion into wildlife habitat if they truly wish to support wildlife.
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org
This bill, under the guise of “Sportsmen”, is loaded with many anti-environmental provisions and is a mirror image of the SHARE Act which has already passed in the House of Representatives. Polls indicate the majority of Americans oppose this.
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE this atrocious act that is pro-hunting, guts environmental protections, decreases endangered species listings.
We call this the ‘Sportsmen Destruction of the Wilderness Act of 1964.’
It has passed in the House. THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED IN THE SENATE!!
PLEASE find and contact your U.S. Senators here.
This bill, under the guise of “Sportsmen”, is loaded with many anti-environmental provisions and is a mirror image of the SHARE Act which has…
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PHOENIX — “With nothing but sunshine and spring-like temperatures in the weather forecast for this weekend, there’s really no excuse for hunters not to get out in the field and chase quail one last time.
“The season for the state’s three main species – Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns’ – ends Sunday, Feb. 7. The general bag limit is 15 quail per day in the aggregate, of which no more than eight may be Mearns’ quail. The general possession limit is 45 quail in the aggregate, of which no more than 15 Gambel’s, scaled or California quail in the aggregate may be taken in any one day. The 45-quail possession limit may include 24 Mearns’ quail, of which no more than eight may be taken in any one day.” azgfd.net
GR: Many of these beautiful birds will die over the next 72 hours. Shouldn’t killers be given psychiatric treatment rather than living targets?
GR: Most nature conservationists work to benefit humans by preventing destructive overuse of wildlife, vegetation, and soil. In the midst of the sixth mass extinction and reading about the losses of our great forests and soils, I believe it is clear that homocentric conservation has been ineffective. Placing nature beneath humans is the wrong approach. It’s time to recognize the equal importance of other species, both plants and animals, on the Earth. In fact, it’s time to begin reducing human numbers and returning the land to the animals.
This article by Marc Bedner discusses the history of the relationship between hunting and wildlife conservation.
No Refuge for Wildlife
“The armed hunter-rancher occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge shows the need for the Federal Government to enforce wildlife protection laws. Unfortunately, wildlife refuges were designed from the outset to benefit hunters, not wildlife, in accordance with principles the Boone and Crockett Club developed a century ago.
“Theodore Roosevelt, a notorious big game hunter, co-founded Boone and Crockett with George Bird Grinnell (who founded one of the first Audubon societies). Membership in the Boone and Crockett Club was originally restricted to men who had killed at least three different large species of American wildlife, including bear, bison, caribou, cougar, and moose. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which traces its origins to President Theodore Roosevelt, is one of 336 wildlife refuges (out of a total of 560) which allow hunting.
“Among the early members of the Club were Aldo Leopold and Gifford Pinchot. In 1905 Roosevelt appointed Pinchot as the first Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service. After working for the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico, Leopold developed Pinchot’s principles of scientific forest management into a new science of game management. In conjunction with the Boone & Crockett Club, the Wildlife Society certifies game managers as trademarked wildlife biologists in accordance with principles now called the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.” –Marc Bedner (read more).