The Humane Society of the United States is applauding the creation of a new “animal protection” caucus for California state legislators.
According to an HSUS press release, the caucus is to be co-chaired by Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, and Assembly members Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, and “will seek to highlight important issues affecting animals and to educate legislators and their staff on the need for sensible animal protection legislation.”
HSUS can hide all they want behind words like “sensible” and “educate” but the fact is they are the most radical anti-hunting group in the country, and their support of an “animal protection” caucus is cause for grave concern to California’s 1.5 million licensed hunters.
HSUS is on the record calling for a nationwide ban on lead ammunition. They tried, unsuccessfully, to stop black bear hunting in Maryland and helped stop black bear hunting in New Jersey. They have opposed dove hunting. They tried to keep wolves in the Rocky Mountains protected under the Endangered Species list, despite hard science that showed wolves are more than 500 percent beyond the population goals needed for delisting. They tried to bring an end to commercial dog breeding, under the guise of shutting down illegal puppy mills.
Perhaps predictably, it was at a California campaign event where HSUS President Wayne Pacelle claimed that, “Only 7 percent of Americans are hunters. That means there are more of us than there are of them. . . . We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. . . . We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
There are many laws on the books already prohibiting animal cruelty. NRA-ILA staff are contacting legislators to convince them that membership in the caucus is the wrong decision.
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