HSUS Attempting To Ban Hunting

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other radical hunting ban organizations are attempting to capitalize on raw emotion to take a major step in Congress toward their primary goal of ending all hunting species by species. They are taking a page from the incremental playbook of the gun ban crowd.

HSUS is attempting to amend H.R. 2643, the House Interior Appropriations Bill, to effectively prohibit Americans from hunting polar bears from healthy and sustainable populations in Canada. As all sportsmen know, hunters provide the funding and motivation for wildlife conservation worldwide. There is no better example of this than the modern polar bear conservation efforts.

Contrary to HSUS' emotional and misleading claims, the proposed amendment will not reduce the number of polar bears killed by hunters in Canada. The Canadian government, based upon principles of sound science, will continue to issue bear tags to native populations. Those tags will continue to be filled by native subsistence hunters and hunters from other nations. The amendment will, however, reduce funding for polar bear conservation by significantly decreasing the revenue raised through tag sales.

While only a small number of American hunters will ever have the opportunity to hunt polar bears, this is a critical issue for every U.S. hunter. HSUS' Wayne Pacelle said it best when he boasted, "We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped." Today it is polar bears but they will be going after the species you hunt tomorrow. They have already campaigned to stop the hunting of doves, black bears, cougar and deer in numerous jurisdictions throughout America.

The vote on this anti-hunting amendment is likely to occur within the next 24 hours. Please act now to save the future of our time honored hunting heritage. Call or email your Congressman and ask him or her to vote "NO" on the Inslee Polar Bear Amendment to H.R. 2643.

Call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121. To send email or for additional contact information for your elected officials, you can use the "Write Your Representatives" feature at www.NRAILA.org.

UPDATE: According to the NRAILA website, this bill has been defeated. The updated news release was posted on 6/29/07 at 6:17 pm. Read the update here: http://www.nraila.org/Hunting/Read/HuntingIssues.aspx?ID=3142&type=L.