Wolf's Den: Hunting rights vs.Humane Society

2010-10-05T05:05:00Z Wolf's Den: Hunting rights vs.Humane SocietyDAVID WOLF Arizona Daily Sun
October 05, 2010 5:05 am  • 

The first thing you should know is that the biggest anti-hunting organization in the nation, the euphemistically named Humane Society of the United States -- which really is an anti-hunting lobby group -- is vehemently opposed to Proposition 109, which is all the more reason to support it.

The HSUS says Proposition 109 is a power grab by the legislature. The reality is the legislature has always had authority over wildlife in the state of Arizona. They choose, thanks to the never-ending effort of Arizona's hunters, to let an independent commission set wildlife management policy based on the recommendations of professional wildlife biologists. (See Arizona Revised Statues -- 17-201 -- for the truth)

The HSUS says Arizonans already have the "right" to hunt and fish. Nothing in state statute or the Arizona Constitution currently declares the ability to hunt and fish as a right. Unlike the right to bear arms, which the U.S. Constitution guarantees, there are no provisions that provide the same right to hunt and fish. It is a fact that the ability to hunt and fish has been threatened time and again. The president and CEO of the HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, is on record in Full Cry magazine saying, "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."

The HSUS says Proposition 109 will end the use of sound science in wildlife management. Provision B of the proposition says, "laws and rules authorized under this section shall have the purpose of wildlife conservation and management and preserving the future of hunting and fishing." The Legislature could have, at any time, taken science out of wildlife management. This HSUS argument is another red herring.

HSUS then says the passage of Proposition 109 will cost taxpayers millions in lawsuits. In all the states that have passed similar constitutional amendments establishing the right to hunt and fish there have been no lawsuits. But, states have spent millions on lawsuits filed by anti-hunting groups and proposed HSUS driven legislation to end hunting. Hmmm. See any ulterior motive in the HSUS arguments against Proposition 109?

There are other nonsensical arguments against proposition 109 by other anti-hunting groups floating around.

The truth is Arizona's hunters fund 75 percent of the annual budget of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the department receives none of your tax dollars.

The truth is Arizona's wildlife populations, game and non-game, are doing very well thanks to a system that works. Proposition simply strengthens that system for future generations of Arizonans, hunters and non-hunters alike.

Vote for Proposition 109.

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(13) Comments

  1. GeorgeW724
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    GeorgeW724 - October 13, 2010 4:15 pm
    Longtimer: Your first sentence tells why this prop is needed. If it's believed that hunting is not a right, then it is in danger. It may not happen this year or this decade but the danger is still there. If someone believes that hunting is a right then they should vote for it to at least confirm it. However, such as yourself, believe that hunting is not a right, then vote against it. That too will send a message.
  2. longtimer
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    longtimer - October 12, 2010 3:57 pm
    Like many things in a civilized society, hunting is a priviledge, not a right. This irrational fear of what might happen (like the oft spread rumor that Obama was going to take away guns- that drove guns and ammo sales through the roof) is playing on fear of things not really happening- another ginned-up electioneering item complete with straw men monsters (really, Humane Society of the United States?) for and by conservatives to get the vote out.
  3. GeorgeW724
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    GeorgeW724 - October 09, 2010 7:25 pm
    Why can't we prevent a problem instead of always reacting to one? Is hunting a right or not? What do you have to say to those who believe it is a right?
  4. KFLGER
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    KFLGER - October 07, 2010 8:56 am
    SuznAZ the Arizona legislature has ALWAYS had the ability to make wildlife management a political issue. The only reason they have not is the hunters of Arizona and a few environmental groups would scream loudly if the leg tried it. HSUS is the one who turns wildlife management into a political issue, Look at New Jersey bear hunting as one example. Biologist proved they needed a bear hunt. HSUS stopped it for years. If you want biologists to manage wildlife - why do you want "a voice"??? D Wolf
  5. KFLGER
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    KFLGER - October 07, 2010 8:52 am
    Ken, there is NO connection between the Coconino Humane Society and the HSUS. HSUS is an anti-hunting organization that spends millions on lobbying against wildlife management and only enough thousands on animal welfare to keep their non-profit 503-C status.
    Dave Wolf
  6. Rosiegirl
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    Rosiegirl - October 06, 2010 8:27 pm
    The heart of the Prop 109 issue is the right of the citizens of Arizona to vote on any issue. If passed, this amendment would strip citizens of their freedom to vote on wildlife management. Instead, it puts it in the hands of special interest groups and politicians, rather than where it belongs—with experts who have the training and experience needed to best manage wildlife.
    As the right of EVERY citizen to VOTE supercedes a select few's "right to HUNT", I am voting a clear NO on 109.
  7. tracker1
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    tracker1 - October 06, 2010 1:45 pm
    Ken said: "Mr. Wolf, you'll have to explain to me how the puppy we got from the Humane Society is anti-hunting.I am sure that opposition to hunting (or types of hunting) may be one motivator of the Humane Society, but it is inaccurate and short-sighted to suggest that it is the only one."Ken, go back to that Humane Society where you got your dog. Ask them how much funding they get from the Humane Society of the United States. You'll get an education.

  8. Pete
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    Pete - October 06, 2010 6:02 am
    SuznAZ said: "The real problem with this Prop is that it makes wildlife management a political issue rather than leaving it in the hands of professionals and scientists."

    The legislature currently controls all hunting & fishing laws. They allow the "professionals and scientists" to write them. This proposition isn't about managing hunting & fishing laws, it is to prevent those that want to completely stop hunting and fishing from succeeding.
  9. Szygby
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    Szygby - October 05, 2010 12:55 pm
    If Wolf is for it, I'm agin it.
  10. AnneForAnimals
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    AnneForAnimals - October 05, 2010 10:56 am
    Prop 109 is unnecessary. Hunting and fishing are not threatened in Arizona, and this proposition is a solution in search of a problem.
  11. SuznAZ
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    SuznAZ - October 05, 2010 9:17 am
    The only "anti-hunting" debate is fostered by proponents of the vaguely written Proposition 109 in order to gin up support. This has been called a "solution in search of a problem". The real problem with this Prop is that it makes wildlife management a political issue rather than leaving it in the hands of professionals and scientists. If passed, it prevents all of the public, including hunters and fishermen, from having a voice in the future. Vote NO on Prop 109.
  12. Ken
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    Ken - October 05, 2010 8:58 am
    Mr. Wolf, you'll have to explain to me how the puppy we got from the Humane Society is anti-hunting.

    I am sure that opposition to hunting (or types of hunting) may be one motivator of the Humane Society, but it is inaccurate and short-sighted to suggest that it is the only one.
  13. Pete
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    Pete - October 05, 2010 7:37 am
    I support Proposition 109. HSUS members can support game management and reduce hunting by buying licenses and applying for hunt permits and then not use any tags obtained. All fees go G&F for game management.
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