Hunters 1 – HSUS 0

April 30, 2008 at 6:03 am 2 comments

This just in from the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance:

The leadership at Meijer, a Michigan-based regional chain of retail superstores, has responded to the concerns of the sportsman community and ended its partnership with the anti-hunting group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in an online pet photo contest.

Meijer initially refused a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) request to abandon the partnership, which according to information on the Meijer website, called for the company to donate $1 for each person that entered the contest, up to a maximum of $5,000, to the HSUS Foreclosure Pets Fund.

On Friday, April 25, the USSA sent out a call to action for sportsmen to voice their concerns over these donations to the biggest anti-hunting organization in the world.  Sportsmen immediately took action, flooding the retailer with phone calls, faxes and emails. 

Thanks to this action by sportsmen, Meijer has now eliminated the portion of the contest that included a donation to HSUS.

“Our program was an outgrowth of our history of supporting local humane societies.  We were not aware of the concerns that exist among hunters about HSUS.  As you know, we have strongly supported the hunting community over many decades,” said Meijer vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, Stacie Behler.  “We have discontinued our donation program as a result of the feedback.  No new funds will be collected.  The funds that were collected will be used exclusively for their Foreclosure Pets Fund, which is a grants program for animal shelters, non-sheltered rescue/adoption groups and animal care and control agencies to establish, expand, or publicize services or programs that assist families caring for their pets during the current economic crisis.”

Kudos to USSA for their work.  HSUS recently lobbied against dove hunting in my home state of Minnesota.  In a nice bit of editorial work Tori McCormick of my local paper, the Republican Eagle, noted that:

I’m not one to cry foul when an anti-hunting group fires one of its patented rhetorical bombs about the cruelty of hunting and how it isn’t justified in modern-day society.

 If I did, I’d have to spend every waking hour trying to set the record straight.

 Our nation was founded on the broad shoulders of free speech, and I strongly believe that everyone has the right to express their opinion, whether I agree with it or not.

After that insightful little volley where she acknowledges their right to free speech (but not to spew volumes of inane propaganda) she follows up with:

Fact is, hunters waste too much energy worrying about the antis when we should be firing back in their face a simple question: What have you done for wildlife and wildlife habitat? Nothing, that’s what. At least nothing meaningful.

When’s the last time they’ve fought for wetlands protections, healthy forests, farm bill conservation programs, sustainable fisheries and other land and water stewardship initiatives?

The anti-hunting movement has been AWOL, while hunters and anglers, historically and today, have been on the front lines slugging it out.

But when an anti-hunting group wages an anti-hunting campaign based on misinformation, lies and propaganda, a campaign whose ends would comprise conservation and science-based wildlife management, I believe the public record must be corrected.

Amen sister.  While the whiney losers at HSUS and PeTA sit around on their fat, donation-supported asses accomplishing nothing more than spewing lies and promoting bad laws; groups like Ducks UnlimitedPheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey FoundationQuail Unlimited, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Trout Unlimited, the Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, and the Sierra Club support hunting AND work actively to conserve wild lands.

So, if habitat conservation and the preservation of wildlife are really important to you…. where should YOU donate?

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  • 1. Audie's Gramma  |  April 30, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I like to think that I played a little grassroots part in keeping the soul of the Sierra Club on the straight and narrow. I’m glad you mentioned it, because too many hunters do not know the truth here, and tend to a reflexive rejection of an environmental organization that does not call itself a “sportsman’s” club.

    Back in the early 90′s I was editor of the Pennsylvania Chapter newsletter — circulation about 18,000. I was new to Pennsylvania, and not yet a hunter, but a life-long environmentalist. (First book I remember reading with my grandfather — Silent Spring. First toddler memory — catching a baby garter snake in the front yard.)

    I had become very sensitized to the realities of the deer population here, dating from my very first backpacking trip in PA, where the lack of a forest understory was shocking. I used my bully pulpit to advocate for a close working partnership with hunters to support ethical and environmentally sustainable hunting policies. And I became a hunter myself, rather late in life for that sort of thing.

    Over the next few years, the Sierra Club did experience an internal battle over an animal-rights based anti-hunting stance. This was rejected by the members, who prioritize protecting the environment and sustaining ecosystems over “moral purity” of the vegan variety.

    I’m still disappointed by the tendency of the loudest and snottiest of PA “sportsmen’s” organizations to constantly shriek for “more deer for us,” and the shoot ‘em up attitude of many hunters in the field — blasting woodchucks on public land “for fun,” illegally set traps for predators who are not bothering livestock, and the “manly” obsession with big antlers, presumably to compensate for something else.

    It’s only by the mutual engagement of hunting and non-hunting environmentalists that both unhealthy extremes can be slapped back, whether in the political arena or the woods.

  • 2. Caveat  |  April 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Word.

    I never thought I’d be on the side of hunters but these days I’m convinced that hunting is much kinder than the kind of farming practices that are used.

    There is a minority of yahoos out there but that’s true in any arena.

    I’ve also been aware of the fact that conservation with an ulterior motive is better than no conservation at all for many years now.

    The Nature Conservancy is another cool group that is not a sporting-based org.

    I’m just thrilled that the H$U$ won’t be collecting money that way.

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