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The C.A.S.H. Courier
From the Spring 1999 Issue

APOLOGY AND APPEAL TO THE GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA

In our last newsletter, we published a letter stating that the Girl Scouts promoted hunting. This happy mistake was brought to our attention by our member, Dr. Joyce Bloom. We are relieved to report that our follow-up found that no such program exists.

However, we were concerned to hear someone from one of the independent councils answer our question by saying "Not yet." In our apology to the Girl Scouts, we wrote: "As our organization's purpose is to protect wildlife, we are aware that "wildlife management" agencies are implementing programs to shore up sagging hunting license sales by targeting women. I'd like to make a suggestion to ensure that the Girl Scouts will never fall victim to attempts to bring this horrific activity to its members.

The language you quoted from page 35 of Safety-Wise, 'All activities in an outdoor setting [are to] reflect an understanding of the importance of conserving and improving the environment and protecting wildlife,'

… is language that to most would exclude hunting as a legitimate Girl Scout activity. However, to those who hunt and to agencies that promote hunting to young men and women, the quotation can be construed to support a hunting program: "Conserving," "Improving environment," and "Protecting wildlife" are their euphemisms for hunting activity. These expressions are co-opted by public relations departments of "environmental conservation" agencies (sometimes called departments of "environmental protection" or "natural resources"), and hunters and trappers, to give those bloody activities a benign appearance. What can only be called "Newspeak" is common jargon throughout hunting literature.

While Girl Scout councils operate independently but are expected to stay within the guidelines set by the Girl Scouts of the USA, may I suggest phrasing that would be subject to less misinterpretation:

'All activities in an outdoor setting [are to] reflect an understanding of the importance of conserving and improving the environment and protecting wildlife, both individual animals and entire species, from harm.'"

Our apologies to the Girl Scouts and to our member, Dr. Bloom.

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