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ARTICLE from the Winter 2009 Issue

Together, We Can Stop Terrorism!

 Letter From The President Of C.A.S.H.

February, 2009

Dear Friends: As I sit here reflecting on the work C.A.S.H is involved with, I feel fortunate to be part of this organization. Sure, there is fun to be had with the “Dear Uncle Joe” column, but most of our work is serious – it’s a matter of life and death for the animals involved.

We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Hunting agencies are unable to recruit new hunters in numbers sufficient to meet their attrition rate. That said, there are still those who take pleasure in killing wildlife for the most trivial reasons. Deer and Canada geese are destroyed by the millions because they have the audacity to dine on backyard gardens or relieve themselves near ponds. Predators such as bobcats, wolves and coyotes are systematically destroyed because they compete with hunters for deer and rabbits, and threaten the profits of cattle ranchers. Mourning doves, ruffed grouse and squirrels are under attack despite never having caused any problems at all.

They are shot with razor-sharp arrows that slice through their flesh and bones. The lucky ones die quickly, but others are wounded and suffer a long and painful death from infection, starvation or predation.

Millions of birds are hit with shotgun pellets, and studies have shown that thirty percent or more of some species are wounded and not recovered by the hunters or their dogs.

Others are shot with hunting rifles – long-range weapons that potentially endanger all those within range of the ammunition being fired – a distance that could be a mile or more.

Wildlife, domestic animals and members of threatened or endangered species are maimed and killed in leg-hold traps, Conibear traps, snares and other trapping devices. No one knows for sure how many victims of trapping are unintentional, but they certainly number in the millions.

Because wild animals are still the subject of a violent industry that profits from their slaughter, we must remain faithful in their defense. When we see an opening that will help to gain for them a level of protection and/or respect that was not there before, we mustn’t hesitate to act swiftly.

We’re asking for your support and your donations so that we can continue with our vitally important work. The weapons industry and the hunting cartel cannot or won’t see the hearts of individual animals. They do not look into their eyes and see their joy to be alive and their right to live. – To them, individuals do not matter. But individuals will always matter to C.A.S.H.

I’m proud of the C.A.S.H. leadership team, operating in spite of a very small budget, yet confined by the budget as well. C.A.S.H. is always there for those in need of help: offering experience, factual information, inspiration, plans, and doing outreach to a still unaware public. C.A.S.H. has identified and addresses unique areas of public concern to better turn the tide. These are exciting times to be an advocate for wild animals, but we are mindful of the fact that highly-paid lobbyists, representing the hunting industry, are hard at work.

C.A.S.H. can do what it does because of our members and supporters – and their generous donations. Given the state of the economy, donations to non-profit groups are significantly down from last year, and many are feeling the pinch. Some are dissolving. C.A.S.H. has cut costs where possible (reducing mailing costs, reducing phone service costs, etc.) but we need your generous donations if we are to stay a viable organization that stands up for wildlife wherever needed.

Until hunting is abolished, C.A.S.H. wants to continue to pound nails into the coffin of the sport hunting industry, but we need you to help us. I’m asking you to please send your most generous, tax-deductible donation today and feel good knowing that you are helping the hunted animals to a future free of terrorism. Thank you for all you do for wildlife.

Peace,
Joe Miele

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