2012's Dirty Dozen
There are groups whose sole purpose is to undermine and manipulate systems across America to end hunting, trapping and fishing. They often exploit wildlife and conservation issues to raise dollars for their causes. Here are 12 organizations that worked this past year to prevent you from hunting or trapping.
Humane Society of the United States: After losing an effort to have the chairman of Californias Game Commission removed because he legally hunted for mountain lions in another state, HSUS pushed legislation to end the hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds in California. HSUS also threatened to sue to stop wolf hunting in the Western Great Lakes region.
Center for Biological Diversity: This group has repeatedly sued the federal government to end the use of traditional hunting ammunition through attempts to ban lead. This ban would also apply to fishing tackle. The groups information is based on flawed details about lead and bullets. The CBD also is working — and suing — to stop Western Great Lakes region wolf hunting seasons.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: This radical animal rights group issued a request for its minions across America to break established hunter harassment laws. PETA urged followers to interfere with hunts by protesting, spreading human hair and other unlawful acts.
Defenders of Wildlife: This group works to end wolf management in Wyoming and misguides the public about overpopulated Yellowstone wolves. Defenders of Wildlife has filed a number of anti-hunting lawsuits and often seeks to recoup its legal costs for the suits from taxpayers.
Sierra Club: This groups board of directors implemented a policy officially opposing all trapping. The Sierra Club also tried to end a decade-old elk hunt on public land in Wyoming.
The Fund for Animals: They have threatened to sue to halt established Western Great Lakes region wolf hunts after hunters and state game management supporters were successful in removing the long recovered wolves from the Endangered Species List. They also filed a suit that would stop wolf management in Wyoming.
Howling for Wolves: This Minnesota-based group is suing to stop wolf hunting in that state. The group claims the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources didnt properly adopt the hunting season, even though it went through the same process as other hunting seasons.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Supports laws to prevent keeping dogs in outside kennels (a standard practice across America). They have also filed a brief supporting the lawsuit aimed at shutting down wolf hunting with dogs in Wisconsin.
Western Environmental Law Center: A ring leader in a group of eight anti-organizations that want to ban wolverine trapping in Montana until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines if the wolverine will be placed on the federal threatened and endangered species lists. This is just another ploy to end all trapping.
In Defense of Animals: This anti-hunting group sued to stop bear hunting in Virginia, has called for a boycott of Alaska over its highly successful and sustainable wolf management program, strongly opposes wolf management in the Northern Rocky Mountains and is pushing for a federal ban on animal testing for medical research.
Friends of Animals: This Connecticut-based group believes hunting in all forms is unethical, socially unjustifiable and ecologically disruptive. The group worked against bear hunting in New Jersey, deer hunting in Connecticut and many science-based conservation programs. This group claims hunting is an important cause of many deer-auto collisions...by inciting the deer to be incautious.
WildEarth Guardians: They earn a place on the shame list for working to ban trapping on public land in New Mexico. This group also sued the USDA Wildlife Services Department over their wolf management program and called on Congress to end funding for this important federal wildlife management entity.
— U.S. Sportsmens Alliance