|Freddy McGuire (Vaturkey)
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 8:22 am: |
(Columbus) - The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance (USSA) has learned that the nationís principal anti-hunting organizations will announce a merger on Monday, November 22. In announcing the merger, the unified anti-hunting group will reveal its intention to target bowhunters for extinction.
The USSA, a national organization founded to protect the rights of sportsmen to hunt, fish and trap, has been following a rumor that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals are preparing to combine forces.
The HSUS, located in Washington, D.C., is the nationís largest animal rights organization raising nearly $60 million in 2002. The Fund for Animals is the most vociferous anti-hunting organization and is headquartered in New York City. It raised $6.7 million in 2003.
Scripps Howard News Service reporter Lance Gay confirmed the merger announcement to USSA late Friday afternoon. Gay stated that sources within the groups confirmed that the new organization would seek to ban bowhunting as a first priority.
In response, USSA announced an emergency meeting of bowhunting organizations, businesses and publications to prepare to counter the attack. The Alliance created the Bowhunter Defense Coalition to defeat a series of attacks on bowhunters during the late 1980s.
ďThe merger announcement serves as a wake up call to bowhunting groups to reunite to defeat what promises to be a powerful attack on our heritage from this monstrous anti-hunting group,Ē said Rick Story, U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance senior vice president. ďTo win, we will need to energize the vast grassroots network of sportsmen across this country.Ē
Over the years, the Fund for Animals and HSUS have been the two most formidable organizations working to ban hunting. While the Fund for Animals has been openly hostile to hunters, HSUS has attempted to mask its intentions by raising funds using puppy calendars for promotions. Earlier this year, HSUS appointed former Fund for Animals official Wayne Pacelle to the position of CEO. Combined with the merger announcement, Pacelleís appointment leaves little doubt about the agenda of the newly-merged organization. According to public filings the new organization will have combined assets of as much as $97 million to implement its anti-hunting agenda.
The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 9:00 am: |
Whoa. Thanks Freddy for bringing this to our attention. It really brings to the forefront the necessity to get involved with helping our cause. Seems to me, though that that's a losing strategy on their part to go after bow hunters. I think in the minds of most non-hunters bow hunting is seen as a less invasive and less threatening form of hunting. I wonder as to their rational for this strategy.
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 9:07 am: |
I guess I subscribe to the old phrase.."I'll give it up when they pry it from my cold dead hands!". Good post Freddy and on a serious note, let's all get involved to protect our way of life.