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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
More of the same?


Lead cover up
Why isn’t critical report on lead traces in condors released?

The animal-rights, anti-gun, anti-lead agenda continues to build in California, and one of the ways that more and more restrictions on the use of lead ammo are imposed is through the withholding of critical data pertaining to lead levels in the blood of condors. Unfortunately, even the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission is deeply involved in the cover-up.

One of the many questions pertaining to why these factual reports haven’t been made public was brought to my attention by an email sent out by Hunt For Truth Organization. The email mentioned a critical report pertaining to blood levels in condors that had not been made public, nor was included, in information released by the DFW prior to passage of AB 711, which will make it illegal to hunt in California with traditional, lead-based ammunition.

I sent an email to Hunt For Truth asking them for more information, and here’s what I got back from them when I asked if the “missing report” had since been released:

On Mar 20, 2014, at 12:50 PM, info@huntfortruth.org wrote:

Thank you for the follow up on this important topic. The short answer is "no." Caveat, the California Fish and Game Commission Executive Director, Sonke Mastrup has stated for the record that no report is forthcoming, and that if anyone has a problem with that to take it up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). See the following video of the Commission meeting, starting at 3:33:10, where Mr. Mastrup so boldly stated the Commission and Department's position. Here is a link to the video: http://www.cal-span.org/cgi-bin/archive.php?owner=CFG&date=2013-11-06

Mr. Mastrup stated the report that was generated by USFWS was the only report that was required under AB 821 and that neither the Dept. nor the Commission were required to analyze and report their own findings. (The report can be found at: http://www.fgc.ca.gov/public/reports/californiacondorleadreport2012.pdf)

The problem with the USFWS report is that there is no real analysis of the effect of lead ammunition on the condors. Why? Because it remains static. In other words, AB 821 has not reduced lead poisoning or mortality in condors.

In the attached video, Kathy Lynch of NSSF questioned the Commission on Mr. Mastrup’s legal interpretation on their reporting requirement and he dodged the question. Additionally, Ms. Lynch asked why the Department or the Commission did not produce (publish) the report when it was required to produce (publish) it in June 2013 (right in the middle of the AB 711 debate), especially when the report clearly states that it was prepared on April 12, 2013 and the Commission waited until after AB 711 was passed to produce it? I think the video says it all as Mr. Mastrup's response was very inappropriate for the Executive Director of the F&G Commission to respond to one of its larger constituents in such a manner.

As an aside, more of this dismissive attitude was given by Mr. Mastrup, Commissioners Sutton, Rogers and Baylis and other Commission personnel at the last WRC meeting, while they were clearly pandering and being extremely cordial to the animal rights activist groups at that meeting, that were pushing for a revision of the predator management regulations.

This is a glaring issue and a problem that is ongoing at the Commission, and needs to be stopped. HFT.org and other organizations are actively involved in these issues and welcome your coverage if you would like to learn more. If so, please do not hesitate to contact our organization. Thank you.


The HFT.org Team

A glaring problem, indeed, especially when the Department of Fish and Wildife, and the California Fish and Game Commission are supposed to be using science and facts in their decisions, but clearly are not. In fact, they are on an anti-hunting agenda, led by the anti-hunting Commissioner Sutton and his cronies on the Commission. Note: These agenda-driven Commissioners were appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Further, the cover up by the DFW was, I am sure, initiated by DFW Director Chuck Bonham, who time and time again has made it clear that he is in the pocket of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS, which continues to give money to the DFW annually,) and the anti-hunting community.

There will be no respite for hunters in California as long as this state is run by left wing legislators and their appointees. The governor appoints the DFW Director and the Fish and Game Commissioners. The state legislators write and vote on laws. Where does that leave hunters in this state? There is only one answer to return sanity to the state capitol, and that is to rid it of these agenda-driven politicians.

Here’s what Hunt For Truth said:

“Clearly, AB 711 is an attempt to move the anti-lead agenda forward, regardless of the fact that the data (and likely the next Department report) shows the prior lead-ban regulation has failed, and that, whatever the problem is, the problem is not hunters who follow the law.

“Fortunately for law-abiding hunters, the original conservationists, advocates like the National Rifle Association of America, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, and HuntForTruth.org are digging in their heels. Scientific and practical weaknesses of AB 711 will not go away just because the governor signed this ill-conceived piece of legislation. The delayed implementation schedule for AB 711 should give hunters’ rights advocates time to formulate a solid challenge to be raised prior to AB 711 becoming enforceable law in California.”

Let’s hope that happens.

Reader Comments
Is not the California Fish and Game Commission and the department now under the control and whims of all the anti-hunt, anti-gun groups ? They sure are not working for our fish, game and hunters/fisher people in the state. Bill K
Bill Kauffman
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