Anti's in Massachusetts Loose another one

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Sniper[MI], Oct 20, 2002.

  1. Judge Allows Massachusetts Pheasant Hunt to Continue- (10/17)
    Massachusetts

    (Columbus) – A federal judge in Massachusetts has rejected a request by anti-hunters to stop pheasant hunting at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The State Wildlife Division will proceed with its pheasant release and the hunting season will begin as scheduled on Saturday, October 19.

    In early October, animal rights groups brought a lawsuit demanding an end to pheasant hunting on Cape Cod National Seashore. They asked for a temporary restraining order to stop this season’s hunt immediately. United States District Court Judge Patti Saris rejected the anti’s request for a restraining order.

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, a national sportsman advocacy organization, has been granted permission by Judge Saris to become a defendant intervenor in the lawsuit. The decision came despite the objection of anti-hunting plaintiffs including the Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

    “We commend the court for following the law and not playing wildlife manager with this issue,†said Rob Sexton, manager of government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation. “Unfortunately, this was just one battle. We must continue our efforts to ensure that the court fully understands the case and the impacts a negative ruling would have on wildlife.â€

    The potential implications of the lawsuit go far beyond the state of Massachusetts and pheasant hunting. It could impact hunting, fishing and wildlife management for an array of species introduced in areas or states where they were not historically found. This includes species such as rainbow trout, brown trout, elk and wild turkey.

    The anti-hunters claim that release and hunting of pheasants is endangering habitat for various species at Cape Cod and endangering non-hunters. The suit also claims that pheasants are exotic animals and should not be released.

    The anti’s singled out pheasants because they are not native to the United States. However, pheasants were introduced in the United States over 120 years ago (1881), and are now found in the wild in 39 states and six Canadian provinces. It is even the South Dakota state bird.

    Pheasant hunting has been taking place on Cape Cod since 1914, and since 1961 with the concurrence of the National Park Service on Cape Cod National Seashore lands.

    Joining the Foundation in the case are the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council Inc., Barnstable County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs and sportsman Michael Veloza of Manomet, Massachusetts.

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org
     
  2. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    HOO RAY!!:right:
     

  3. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

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    Oh shucks...should we send the anti's some flowers????? Im all for sending PETA HQ a subscription to BBQ Magazine :)
     
  4. Nah

    Howdy,

    Let's send em some pheasant dinners and a cookbook of Phesant recipies!
    :nod: :nod: :nod: