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A.C.L.U. Asked to Drop Support of Hunting on Sunday
Wildlife Watch Inc.
Helping People, Environment, and Wildlife
PO BOX 562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561
256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
Contact: Joe Miele, Vice President 201-368-8271
Executive Director: Andrew Schneider
West Virginia A.C.L.U.
P.O. Box 3952
Charleston, WV 25339
November 13, 2003
Wildlife Watch, Inc. is an animal
protection organization that educates the public about the mismanagement of
wildlife by state and federal wildlife agencies, and the destruction of
wildlife and ecosystems in the name of sport hunting and game management.
One of our members has brought to our
attention a small piece that was published in the November issue of Field
& Stream magazine that reported on the A.C.L.U. of West Virginia joining
with hunters in the battle to allow hunting on Sunday. On behalf of our
members and supporters in West Virginia, we urge the A.C.L.U. to withdraw
its support of this dangerous issue.
On Sundays during the autumn months, families can enjoy safe outings to
wooded parks, sometimes with their dogs, without the threat of armed
individuals lurking nearby. Many West Virginia residents ride bicycles,
photograph wildlife, hike, camp and otherwise use
the woods all year long, and Sunday hunting would put their safety in
jeopardy. Allowing hunting on Sunday would also put undue strain on West
Virginia’s taxpayers who will be forced to pay wildlife police to ensure
that hunting laws are not violated. Sunday hunting bills in other states
have been opposed by groups that represent the hiking, camping, wildlife
watching, and religious communities.
It is no surprise that the wildlife management division of the West Virginia
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeks to expand hunting opportunities
to Sundays. By giving recreational hunters another day to ply their bloody
craft, the DNR hopes that more people will be exposed to hunting and will
take up the practice. The Department encourages greater participation in
hunting because game managers' salaries are paid for through the sale of
and the Division reaps additional revenue from the sale of guns and
ammunition. This is the reality of wildlife management as practiced by the
DNR. It has everything to do with money.
Allowing hunting on Sunday is dangerous and unnecessary. We urge the
A.C.L.U. to change its stance on Sunday hunting and withdraw its support.
Your response will be greatly appreciated.
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