A tentative date of June 12 has
been scheduled for a hearing before the House Resources Committee's
Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans, on HR1472
[Jim Moran (D-VA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA)], the bill to ban bear hunting
with bait on federal land.
Hunters and trappers are
organized and have come out in full force to kill this legislation because
they want nothing to infringe upon their hobby of slaughtering animals by
any means necessary.
A coalition of animal killing
organizations has organized under the umbrella of the “National Bear
Hunting Defense Task Force” and their mission is to kill HR1472.
WHAT YOU CAN
Please contact the members of
the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans of the
House Resources Committee and urge them to support HR1472.
Mr. Wayne T. Gilchrest,
Maryland, Chairman (202) 225-5311
Mr. Frank Pallone, New Jersey,
Ranking Democrat Member (202) 225-4671
AK (202) 225-5765
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin,
LA (202) 225-4031
NJ (202) 225-4765
Mark E. Souder,
IN (202) 225-4436
Walter B. Jones, NC (202)
Richard W. Pombo, CA, ex
officio (202) 225-1947
F. Faleomavaega, AS (202) 225-8577
Neil Abercrombie, HI (202)
Solomon P. Ortiz,
TX (202) 225-7742
Bordallo, GU (202)
Nick J. Rahall, II, WV, ex
officio (202) 225-3452
on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans
H2-188 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Fax: (202) 225-1542
Also, contact your members of
congress and urge them to support HR1472. You can find your state
Congressperson's contact information by visiting
Write a letter to the editor of
your local paper.
Send an e-mail
alert on the subject to family and friends and
ask them to actively support HR1472.
Eighty-percent of US states do
not permit baiting bears for hunting and HR1472 would end the practice in
the remaining twenty-percent.
The barbaric practice of baiting
bears for hunting is not allowed in forty of the fifty states, and baiting
takes away the element of “fair chase” that many hunters see as a
requirement of an “ethical hunt.”
Please emphasize the point
that because hunting is a dying sport, state game agencies will stoop at
nothing to expand the bloodshed and spread their bloody hobby, because
the salaries of state game agency employees are paid for through sale of
hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
and Bear Hounding Defeated in Minnesota.
The Minnesota legislature was
considering language that appeared in several bills to allow mourning
doves to be hunted for the first time since 1946. Additionally, one of the
House bills contained language that would have allow for the unethical and
unfair practice of hunting bears with hounds.
The Minnesota Legislature
adjourned its regular session at
midnight on May 19 without approving either a dove hunting season or
hunting bears with hounds.
WHAT YOU CAN
Please thank the following
senators, as well as your senator (if s/he opposed the hunt) for their
opposition to dove hunting in Minnesota. This bill is sure to come up
again next year, and this is an ideal opportunity to thank those who spoke
up for the animals in this session.
You can find out who your
Senator is by calling the Minnesota switchboard at 651-296-0504 or by
going to the Minnesota State Legislature web site at
Also, please contact your state
Background on doves:
Mention that recreational
hunting of mourning doves serves no wildlife management purpose since
Doves pose no threat to agricultural crops, homes, or anything else of
value to people in Minnesota.
Doves are not overpopulated.
Dove hunting is inherently
cruel. Statistics show that nearly 20% of doves shot by hunters are
wounded and not retrieved.
Background on bear hounding:
Bear cubs are often killed.
Hounding often involves the chasing, mauling, and killing of bear cubs;
the "treeing" of frightened and exhausted bears; severe injuries to dogs
who take part in the hounding; and the eventual targeting and shooting of
a bear who is unable to escape from a tree.
Many other bear hunting states
outlaw hounding. Four states have recently approved ballot initiatives to
ban bear hunting with dogs-Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and
Washington. Voters-hunters and non-hunters-find hound
hunting to be cruel and unsportsmanlike. A post-election survey in
Colorado revealed that half of the state's hunters supported the
Humane Society of the United States 5/20/03
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS) is looking to kill 200,000
cormorants, an increase of more than 425%, to pacify fish factory-farmers
and sport and commercial anglers. Fish factory-farmers kill the birds
because they erroneously believe that doing so is necessary to protect
their fish stocks. The scientific evidence belies their actions however,
by revealing that cormorants have barely any impact on fish populations.
Under the proposed plan, the
birds will be allowed to be killed by barbaric methods such as shooting,
neck breaking, and gassing. The birds can be killed and their nests
destroyed not just at the fish factory-farms, but also at their winter
roosts, which may be miles away.
Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals
Frederick and Rosanne
Shuger plan to argue that Indiana's hunter
harassment law is constitutionally vague and violates the right to free
speech. The law is vague in that it does not clearly define what it means
when it prohibits individuals from interfering, disturbing or engaging in
activity that disturbs the legal taking of a game animal, said the
shuger's attorney, Garry Weiss.
Indiana News 5/6/03
For the past 38 years, the
Mangum Rattlesnake Association has bought hundreds of rattlesnakes from
snake hunters who in Texas and Southwest Oklahoma. This year the
association bought 3000 lbs of rattlesnakes from snake sellers.
Because "there were more snakes
than anybody wanted," the derby organizers could only get $2.75 per pound
from the snake sellers, an association spokesman said.
Decades of snake hunting have
decimated the rattlesnake population in NW Oklahoma said a state game
warden. "Snake hunters, to a man, will tell you there are not as many
snakes as there used to be. It's due to overhunting."
One of the state's foremost
snake experts thinks that thousands of rattlesnakes are being needlessly
slaughtered because of the price tag on their heads. Rattlesnakes are
important to the ecosystem because they keep rodent populations in check.
Federal trappers have responded
to large timber companies by killing 122 bears a year on average from 1998
to 2001 in Western Oregon, and the government plans to continue the
killing program to stop bears from damaging loggers' profits.
Environmentalists seek to end
the slaughter by filing a lawsuit that contends Wildlife Services inflated
the cost of black bear damage to timber, provided no evidence
its trapping program actually controls damage
and did not fully explain how it decides to kill bears.
In reality, bears don't always
kill trees, but often slow their growth. In most cases, fewer than 10
trees an acre are damaged.
Trappers use leg snares to catch
bears and then kill captured bears by shooting them in the head. They also
kill any cubs found with adult bears.
Wildlife Services and sport
hunters and trappers kill roughly 6 percent of western Oregon's bears each
year, with the American public paying for 16 percent of the cost of the
Groups filing the lawsuit are
Umpqua Watersheds, Predator Defense, Siskiyou
Regional Education Project, Klamath-Siskiyou
Wildlands Center, Animal Protection Institute, Humane Society of
the United States and Sinapu.
The Oregonian 05/07/03
Kullas of Buckley, WA., has seen the
Department of Fish and Wildlife's Eastern Washington pheasant-release
program in action. His most recent experience occurred on the day before
"About 2 in the afternoon, we
started to hear a lot of shooting toward the road, so we headed up that
way to see what was going on... The first thing we see is the (hatchery)
truck heading down the road with what I assume were empty bird cages on
the back," he said. "...as we got closer it looked like in no greater than
a 200-square-yard area there were probably 25 to 40 hunters. I don't know
how many birds were shot. We decided we didn't want any further part of
that and we headed back to the parking lot, and quit."
Crowds of hunters follow the
hatchery trucks because the division of Fish and Wildlife is "releasing
birds during the middle of hunting hours."
says what he saw was dangerous and unsportsmanlike. "If this is where our
money's going, then we ought to reconsider what we're doing," he said.
is wildlife program manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife says
of the program "You drive down the street in an agency truck with
pheasants on the back, and you know what? People see you," he said. "So we
have a clientele that's following us."
"We try to go behind locked
gates where we can, or behind the signs that say 'no unauthorized
vehicles,' so we can at least release the birds and have them hit the
ground before somebody puts them up," he said. "I have had birds ... and
before they even hit the ground somebody shot them."
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