The C.A.S.H. Courier Newsletter
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Spring 2011 Issue
Letter From The President
The weather this winter has made things difficult for wildlife and
wildlife rehabilitators across the country as they struggled to deal with
stressed wildlife suffering from frostbite and gunshot wounds.
State wildlife agencies lend a hand by offering incentives to landowners
to keep their property usable for wildlife. Property owners are encouraged
to maintain dense shrubs for ground-dwelling animals, and to sometimes
maintain food plots for those trying to make it through difficult times.
They are a fantastic source of information on what vegetation to have around
for wildlife to feed upon through the winter, so take advantage of their
knowledge in this regard.
But keep in mind that their intentions are not altruistic - they know
that maintaining favorable conditions under which wildlife will thrive will
result in more targets to shoot when the season begins. This is the
underlying theme of “Wildlife Management.” A quick glance at the mission
statement of your state wildlife agency will explain this clearly, as does
this statement from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish:
Mission Statement of the NM Game Agency
To provide and maintain an adequate supply of wildlife and fish within the
state of New Mexico by utilizing a flexible management system that provides
for their protection, conservation, regulation, propagation, and for their
use as public recreation and food supply.
Words and phrases such as “flexible management system,” “conservation,”
“regulation,” and “their use as public recreation and food supply” make it
clear that such agencies are formed to serve hunters and anglers and not
wildlife. To this end, they enlist their friends in government to write
legislation favoring hunters and hunting at the expense of individual wild
animals and public safety.
Bow hunting is big news again in New York. Assembly Bill A.2021-A will
allow children as young as twelve-years-old to hunt wild deer and bears with
bows and arrows. In Michagin a law has been introduced to eliminate a
minimum hunting age. Please see our Action Alert on Facebook and at
www.abolishsporthunting.org and make your voice heard.
As we keep our eye on legislation, reports of hunting accidents and
violations continue to pour into our office. In this edition of the Courier
you’ll see our many activities on behalf of the hunted. You’ll find my
article explaining the difference between hunting and “poaching.” The gulf
between the two is not as wide as hunters would have you believe.
Spring approaches and the return of the sun brings us new opportunities
to make a difference for wildlife and to drive another nail into the coffin
that is soon to entomb sport hunting. On behalf of C.A.S.H. and the wildlife
we work for, thank you for helping us to continue our efforts.
As always, your contributions will allow us to do more to help, and we’d
like to take the opportunity to thank you for your generous donations.
Joe Miele, President.
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