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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
Voice:(845) 256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
e-mail: wildwatch@earthlink.net
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 hunting
licenses, 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.

Sincerely,

Joe Miele

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