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Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping

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 -
snaps shut.

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.

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Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping
Contact Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corporation, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10036. Phone (212) 852-7000. Fax (212) 852-7147.

Please call or write if you value your trapping......I called his secretary a couple of days ago...

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Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping

I've never trapped but have buddies that do.
it amazes me how so many people can be against a sport, have no idea what they are talking about and gather support from so many with similar lack of knowledge.

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Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping

Thanks. I hope you all understand that we are in this fight together. It is my sport on the line right now (I love trapping) but tomorrow it WILL BE YOUR SPORT in the crosshairs. Join the USSA they are our saving grace in the court system. Don't just sit back and let them take away our freedoms....do something about it!!!
Here is the letter I just faxed and I will send a copy in the mail to Mr Murdoch as well.

Dear Mr Murdoch,
Merry Christmas.
I just sat down at my computer and opened an E mail from the US Sportsman’s Alliance. I am a member.
I understand from this letter that your network will be running free political advertisements for the HSUS (Human Society of the United States). The HSUS has a multi-million dollar budget that it uses for the specific purpose of banning all animal use. It includes trapping, hunting and fishing.
I am a trapper and I am very disappointed in your decision to run this misleading ad. Not only have steal leg hold traps with teeth been banned from use in the United States for over 100 years. State and Federal wildlife agencies have recognized and used trapping as a viable and important conservation tool. Trapping has proven to be the critical element in bringing back waterfowl populations nationwide and it is extremely important in protecting the public and wildlife populations from diseases such as rabies. If you have never seen and animal that has died from a disease like mange (which I witness in NJ on a regular basis) then it would be hard to comprehend the damage that trapping bans have already done to wildlife.
A farmer friend of mine lost the bottom 15 acres of his fields to flooding this past summer. He asked me if I could come and remove the beavers that took up residence in the creek that his land borders. December 26th is the opening day of beaver season and I will be out there helping him get rid of his problem beavers. I will do this free of charge because I plan to sell the pelts. If there is a ban on trapping he will have no other choice than to pay a professional to do the same work that I am planning on doing because I love to be in the outdoors working with wildlife.
I hope that next year he is able to plant AND harvest his fields. I hope that the cost of farming doesn’t become too much for our farmers because of all the additional regulations that are imposed on our great nation. I hope we as a nation do not loose our freedom and our right to the pursuit of happiness. The HSUS is chipping away our freedoms one new regulation at a time. I hope that large corporations such as yours stop giving their time and money to these special interest groups. I hope our state and federal agencies can stop wasting the public’s time and money fighting against the HSUS at every turn.
Thank you for your time.

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Let the activists have their way because it won't take long to change their minds when the country is full of dead animals from starvation and diseases . THESE PEOPLE CAN'T SEE PAST THEIR NOSES . Trapping is a must to keep a healthy pouplation of wild animals . If they win I can't wait to see the results When coyotes stat taking their dogs and cats of their door steps or their dogs fighting with a rabbid coon . I bet most of these people don't even own pets . The thicker the population of diseased animals the quicker the diseases will spread . HERE"S TO THE BLEEDING HEARTS Shame on You! Shame on You! Shame on You! Shame on You!

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