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23 May 1999 Issue
"Conserve Wildlife" License Plate Should Read "Kill Wildlife"

Today the new "Conserve Wildlife" license plate went on sale. The proceeds
from the plate will go to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. a citizen's
support group.

The Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a relatively new organization and in their
short time they sponsored five children to represent Florida in the International
Youth Hunt Challenge, contributed to the National Wild Turkey Federation (a
hunt organization), the National Rifle Association, provided handicapped
accessible hunting areas and built areas for fishing. This supposed "citizen
support group" is just another way of funding our state's hunting and fishing
organization, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The board of
directors for WFF is: Allen Egbert, current administrator of Game & Fish,
Robert Brantly , ex-director of Game and Fish, and other hunters.

Citizens who buy this plate thinking monies are going to help wildlife and in
particular the Florida Black Bear are being duped. When the bill was passed
for this plate, there were no assurance that monies would go toward programs
to help wildlife, preserve habitat or help the endangered Florida Black Bear. In
fact Game and Fish did not ban hunting the Black Bear until 1996 well after
populations were decimated.

The panther Plate, raised over 20 million dollars for Game & Fish. Proceeds
went towards a captive breeding program with the Florida and Texas Panther.
When the experiment was over the panthers were sold to a captive hunt Farm
in Texas.

Florida is the third largest state in the United States for diversity of wildlife yet
almost no monies go into non-game programs. Most of Florida's wildlife
preserves allow hunting and fishing.

What appears to be a wonderful opportunity to raise money for conservation
of Florida's precious wildlife is a smoke screen to put more money into Florida
Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission's pocket, monies that go towards
killing animals.

Attempts by SPARO in April 1998 to have the plate stopped failed in committee
and the state legislature approved the plate.

Source: sparo@gte.net

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