The following was sent to me by email. Its a news release by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.
I do not trap, but have family and friends that do. Here in Colorado we already have a partial ban on trapping. We cannot bait for bear or hunt for spring bear at all. The antis will slowly chip away at our rights, one small piece at a time. So even if you do not participate in the sport of trapping, it would behoove all of us to make our voices heard very loudly!
Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping
(Columbus) - Fox Sports Net, which provides regional sports programming to
85 million households, has refused to cancel a gratis anti-trapping
advertisement produced by the nation's largest animal rights group.
News Corporation, the parent company of Fox Sports Net and other Fox Cable
Networks, approved a 15-second anti-trapping commercial, produced by the
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), as a public service
announcement. Fox Sports rejected a request by the U.S. Sportsmen's
Alliance, the nation's leading sportsmen's advocacy organization, to
immediately pull the spot. The company will run the ad through the end of
December at no cost to the anti's.
The advertisement features HSUS leader Wayne Pacelle and a second animal
activist urging viewers to support trapping bans. To add to the
sensationalism, the spot opens with a loud clank as a foot hold trap with
teeth - a trap that has been banned throughout the country for decades -
A senior official for Fox told the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance that he and
other associates had reviewed the ad and believe the content meets their
criteria for public service announcements.
"This is not a public service announcement; it is a free political
advertisement for a movement that wants to eliminate trapping, hunting and
all other forms of animal use," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance President Bud
Pidgeon. "Hunters and anglers must understand that the Humane Society has
repeatedly stated that a ban on trapping is merely a means of softening
public sentiment to clear the way for a ban on all hunting and fishing.
Hunters, trappers and anglers should generate a flood of complaints from
friends, family and everyone they can reach out to."
Trapping is recognized by every wildlife agency at the state and federal
level as a viable and important conservation tool. It helps keep furbearer
populations at healthy levels and is important in stemming the spread of
wildlife diseases that threaten animals and humans.
The Humane Society of the United States opposes all animal use, including
trapping, hunting and fishing. It has a multi-million dollar budget that it
invests in legislative and ballot campaigns to ban trapping and hunting. It
also has a legal arm to challenge sportsmen's rights in court.
Sportsmen can make a difference in this fight. In 2002, Jeep raised the ire
of sportsmen when it aired a blatantly, anti-hunting commercial called the
"Deer Hunter." After a flood of sportsmen contacts, Jeep pulled the
commercial in three days.
Sportsmen nationwide should contact News Corporation and demand that the
spot be cancelled. Let the company know that outdoorsmen object to the
network acting as a mouthpiece for the animal rights movement. Explain that
state wildlife professionals support trapping and see it as a necessary tool
for managing furbearers. Inform News Corporation that trapping has proven to
be a critical element in the comeback of waterfowl populations, and that
managers see it as extremely important in protecting the public from
outbreaks of diseases such as rabies.
Contact Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corporation, 1211 Avenue of the
Americas, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10036. Phone (212) 852-7000. Fax (212)
Sample letters to News Corporation are available using the Legislative
Action Center at http://www.ussportsmen.org.