The C.A.S.H. Courier Newsletter
Spring 2012 Issue
Letter From the President
Dear C.A.S.H. Supporters,
Game managers say that just “a few bad apples” among hunters break the
law, but an article from the Sept. 12, 2010 edition of the Sacramento Bee
(California) tells a different story. In the article, Jerry Karnow,
president of state Fish and Game Wardens Association said “We actually have
suspects who have said, ‘Well, we never get checked by a game warden anyway,
so we’re not going to buy the hunting license.” The article went on to say
that wardens estimate they catch about 5 percent of violators. Take
the insane amount of hunting violations that are prosecuted and multiply
that number by twenty to more accurately predict how many hunters are
breaking the law. The number is as significant as it is disgraceful
because it turns the tables on the lies that hunters tell when defending
their violent hobby.
If you observe a hunter breaking the law,
report it immediately to both your local police and your state fish and game
agency. Record names of officers, places, times, and events, and
follow up. If you are threatened by game officers who are protecting
the hunters, you will have documentation to use in your defense.
Since opening an office in Las Cruces, C.A.S.H. has been involved in diverse
efforts such as helping landowners defend themselves against hunters who
illegally trespass upon their property; intervening when local
municipalities establish recreational hunting opportunities that endanger
the public and damage the ecosystem; raising awareness of how state and
federal hunting agencies create overpopulation problems and damage sensitive
natural areas to appease the hunting and weapons lobbies; reaching out to
elected officials to promote and support laws that protect wildlife;
educating the public through the distribution of literature, public tabling
opportunities, letters to the editor, media interviews, presentations to
schools and civic groups, and more.
Since our last newsletter, C.A.S.H.
has answered many inquiries from students who need to argue their opposition
to hunting in school papers or debates. C.A.S.H. arms them with
well-researched and documented facts. My article in this issue of the
C.A.S.H. Courier entitled, “Don’t Allow Your Town to Participate in a Bait
and Shoot Program” was adapted from my response to a student who was seeking
C.A.S.H. has done several radio programs recently, and the
one with Dr. Lori Kirshner from Animals Today Radio can be heard at
http://animalstodayradio.com/audio/042212.mp3 . C.A.S.H. has also
tabled at the Earth Day celebration in Las Cruces, NM and will be tabling
for the third year at the Southern New Mexico Pride celebration. We
are always eager to spread the word about wildlife mismanagement for sport
Further, C.A.S.H. weighs in on legislation that
affects wildlife when we become aware of it, and sends hard copy letters or
e-mail to legislators and other decision-makers in support or opposition to
bills. On our website, we highlight important bills and provide you
with sample letters for your legislators. Of great importance to
wildlife federally that your senators in Washington need to hear from you
about is H.R.4089 – the “Sportsman’s Heritage Act”.
Please read Peter
Muller’s article in this issue to learn how this bill will harm wildlife.
The C.A.S.H. Courier often provides investigative reports, please see E.M.
Fay’s article about live-testing for Chronic Wasting Disease.
friend about C.A.S.H. today. C.A.S.H. supporters are the kind of
people who surround themselves with like-minded individuals who share
similar interests and ideas, so please spread the word about the work we do
to those who would be interested. Bringing our message to a wider
audience will help us protect wildlife even more. If you would like to
be on our e-list to receive our letters and reports, or if you would like to
receive publications for distribution, or if you need answers to your
hunting/trapping related questions, please e-mail me at:
Please don’t forget about the needs of
animals and wildlife in our midst this summer. Providing water is the
best thing you can do. Be sure to ask restaurants and other stores to
put out bowls of water for animal passers-by. Please remember
C.A.S.H.’s needs as well, it’s your contributions that sustain our work.
Thank you for helping!
For the Wildlife,
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