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The C.A.S.H. Courier

Spring 1994 Issue

NATIONAL WILDLIFE ECOLOGY DAY

Luke Dommer, founder of The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, wrote and presented the following on the grounds of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, New Paltz, September 28, 1991.

National Wildlife Ecology Day celebrates the diversity of species on earth and the ecosystems supporting their existence.

Today, September 28, 1991 marks the birth of this day, which will, from now on, fall annually on the fourth Saturday of September to oppose National Hunting and Fishing Day.

On that day, demonstrations against state and federal wildlife agencies will be organized nationally to publicly challenge ecologically unsound management policies supporting recreational hunting.

National Wildlife Ecology Day is dedicated to: (A) The preservation of biological diversity, genetic integrity, and the ecology of wildlife. (B) The establishment of democratic representation on councils of wildlife management for the protection of our wildlife heritage. (C) Public safety relating to sport hunting activities.

THE TEN PRINCIPLES

Article I. Whereas, scientists predict a catastrophe for mankind because of an escalating loss of plant and animal species, we propose that all public lands, national and state refuges, forests and parks be managed as ecological reserves with no sport hunting or management of species or habitat for that purpose allowed. This is to preserve the broadest degree of biological diversity (maximum number of species possible.)

Article II. Whereas, the Supreme Court of the U.S. declared “Wildlife is a national treasure held in trust for all citizens,” we propose that hunter-control of wildlife agencies be replaced by democratic representation for 93% of the non-hunting public on councils for wildlife management.

Article III. Whereas, national wildlife refuges were established as inviolate sanctuaries, where wildlife could exist in a natural state and where no sport hunting was to be allowed, we propose that all hunting and trapping, and other exploitation of these refuges be abolished.

Article IV. Whereas, deer currently manage on a “maximum sustained yield principle” to produce “optimum populations” of deer for hunters is ecologically unsound; and this “optimum” yield increases crop damage, deer-car collisions, lyme disease, and starvation of deer, we propose that the normal at birth sex-ratio of 1 to 1 be restored. This will reduce the deer birth-rate so they may stabilize at lower populations compatible with their habitat and other wildlife species.

Article V. Whereas, property owners are required to post their land against hunting at their own expense, and this effort is often nullified by hunters removing posters, we propose that posting laws be changed so that only land posted as hunting zones by wildlife agencies can be hunted. This would shift the burden of posting to the hunters – where it belongs.

Article IV. Whereas, hunting is currently allowed at five hundred feet from a dwelling, and those “safety” zones are inadequate protection for home owners, we propose that safety zones be increased to 1,000 feet from property lines.

Article VII. Whereas, wildlife agencies put millions of hunters into the field, while acknowledging a shortage of game wardens to adequately police them, we propose that hunters be required to carry at least one million dollars in liability insurance in order to guarantee that hunting victims and their families may seek just compensation in the courts for property damage, injury or death resulting from sport hunting activities.

Article VIII. Whereas, millions of hunters who are visually impaired go into the fields with lethal weapons, contributing to an annual toll of 2,400 people injured and 400 killed in hunting accidents (as estimated by the National Safety Council), we propose that hunters pass mandatory eye examinations annually before being granted a license to hunt.

Article IX. Whereas, private property rights are universally violated by sport hunters, thus endangering home owners, their children and their pets, we propose that “no trespassing laws” be strictly enforced, and that fines be triple their present rates. Mandatory loss of a license should occur on a second offense. Penalties for killing pets and livestock should also be prohibitive.

Article X. Whereas, wildlife is managed primarily for recreational hunting, and we believe that no animal should be terrorized, crippled, or killed for recreation, we propose the abolition of recreational killing and the ecologically destructive management of wildlife for that purpose.

 

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