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Thursday, June 28, 2007

NRA update 28JUN07

**Personal Note**

At one time I found animal rights extremists to be amusing. With their ignorance of the true purpose and nature of hunting, I would smirk and make jokes about them as they set forth on their protestations and rants about banning hunting.

I'm older now, and I understand the balances of nature better now; I'm no longer amused.

These people are dangerous. They have no understanding of how hunting maintains herd sizes so that herds don't overpopulate and starve. Have you ever seen a starving animal? It isn't pretty. It's one of the most cruel and inhumane things that you can witness to see a herd of wild animals starving because some group who thinks that they're doing "the right thing" has managed to put a stop to hunting.

It's a part of the life cycle, and a part of the food chain.

These people are a danger to the very ecosystem that they claim to care so much about.

That being said, on with the latest NRA update.

America's Most Radical Anti-Hunting Organization
Attempting to Take Major Step Toward Goal of Banning All Hunting

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other radical hunting ban organizations are attempting to capitalize on raw emotion to take a major step in Congress toward their primary goal of ending all hunting species by species. They are taking a page from the incremental playbook of the gun ban crowd.

HSUS is attempting to amend H.R. 2643, the House Interior Appropriations Bill, to effectively prohibit Americans from hunting polar bears from healthy and sustainable populations in Canada. As all sportsmen know, hunters provide the funding and motivation for wildlife conservation worldwide. There is no better example of this than the modern polar bear conservation efforts.

Contrary to HSUS' emotional and misleading claims, the proposed amendment will not reduce the number of polar bears killed by hunters in Canada. The Canadian government, based upon principles of sound science, will continue to issue bear tags to native populations. Those tags will continue to be filled by native subsistence hunters and hunters from other nations. The amendment will, however, reduce funding for polar bear conservation by significantly decreasing the revenue raised through tag sales.

While only a small number of American hunters will ever have the opportunity to hunt polar bears, this is a critical issue for every U.S. hunter. HSUS' Wayne Pacelle said it best when he boasted, "We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped." Today it is polar bears but they will be going after the species you hunt tomorrow. They have already campaigned to stop the hunting of doves, black bears, cougar and deer in numerous jurisdictions throughout America.

The vote on this anti-hunting amendment is likely to occur within the next 24 hours. Please act now to save the future of our time honored hunting heritage. Call or email your Congressman and ask him or her to vote "NO" on the Inslee Polar Bear Amendment to H.R. 2643.

Call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121. To send email or for additional contact information for your elected officials, you can use the "Write Your Representatives" feature at