with the enemy
Society of the United States (HSUS), the arch-enemy of hunters, livestock
owners and even pet owners, has given another $5,000 to the California
Department of Fish and Game, and is launching a statewide campaign against
Why is it
that an anti-hunting group would give a donation to the DFG game wardens to
care for their dogs? That's simple: they believe it will help them towards
their goal of stopping as much hunting as they can. Yes, it looks warm and
fuzzy, like they really do care about the dogs, but the fact is they are only
doing because it does look that way, and they hope to gain more support for their
apparently feels they've gained enough public notice from the donation that
they have formed a statewide Anti-Poaching Action Network. This latest effort
is intended to "improve the troubling discrepancy between the rise in
poaching crime over the last 10 years and the lack of meaningful punishment for
We ran an
editorial in WON
about that exact problem and how there is now legislation afoot to remedy the
problem. So why do we need the intrusion of an out-of-state anti-hunting group?
We don't, but HSUS feels California is ripe for adding even more anti-hunters
to their lists.
this appeal to? Those who love animals, of course, many of them normal citizens
who in the past have not participated in hunting, but accept it as a heritage,
population control tool, wildlife management issue and at the end, as a source
of food for hunters and their families. I think HSUS is trying to recruit those
California citizens; the ones who have, in the past supported hunting, into
difference between "hunting" and "poaching" is vast, but
HSUS and other animal-rights groups, as well as the media, have used the word
inter-changeably so many times I can't count them. With a little twist now and
then, HSUS can turn people against hunters, and I know that's their plan. After
all, that's why they are in business!
business it is: HSUS doesn't do anything that won't bring them more publicity,
more supporters and more cash for their salaried employees. Nobody should
believe for one minute that HSUS cares one whit about the animals they profess
to care about — they care about growth and their bottom line. Of course, they are
against hunting and the use of animals for any purpose, even consumption.
Bottom line is their salaries and growth of the organization.
HSUS says about their new program: "The HSUS will work with…..volunteers
to help implement citizen-driven efforts to support law enforcement and
encourage prosecutors and judges to bring poachers to justice. The action
network launches with 25 counties and will grow to cover the entire state
within a year."
that mean in the end? My guess is, they will have hundreds, if not thousands,
of anti-hunters and/or well-meaning citizens watching out for anyone who is out
hunting, legitimately or not, in an effort to "catch a poacher." This
will, of course, be hunter harassment, but they will say they are part of this
"network" looking for poachers. It could turn into a real problem
statewide for legitimate hunters.
this could lead? HSUS certainly does, and we should take care not to fall into
the same trap that the California Department of Fish and Game law enforcement
branch has fallen into: sleeping with the enemy.