NICE Supports U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance in Educating Rush

Posted on 04/28/2009


Leading Conservation Groups to Rush Limbaugh: Cease Support of HSUS



The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has joined the nation’s leading conservation organizations in sending a letter to Rush Limbaugh urging the talk radio personality to cease his support of America’s number one opponent of sportsman traditions, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The groups who sent the letter are:  the Archery Trade Association, Boone and Crockett Club, Catch a Dream Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Conservation Force, Dallas Safari Club, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Houston Safari Club, Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Trappers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, North American Bear Foundation, North American Grouse Partnership, Pheasants Forever, Pope and Young Club, Quail Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Texas Wildlife Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Whitetails Unlimited, Wildlife Forever, Wildlife Management Institute, and the Wild Sheep Foundation.

The letter clearly states the essential role played by hunters, fishermen, and trappers in conserving America’s wildlife.  It reads:

Every year, billions of dollars are pumped into conservation and local economies by American hunters, anglers, and trappers through the purchases of their licenses, equipment and clothing, and through their expenditures on hotels, travel, and dining.”

The letter also explains to Mr. Limbaugh the impact his endorsement will have on advancing the HSUS agenda:

With America’s most prominent conservative spokesman on board, they have the opportunity to make in-roads in to a new cross section of our country. 

You are helping them to mainstream their image in the minds of reasonable people.  Your collaboration furthers the anti-hunting and anti-fishing agenda of HSUS, which will undermine the great success of conservation and threatens the economies of small towns and rural states across our nation.” 

“Most Americans don’t know that HSUS does not operate your local animal shelters,” said USSA President and CEO Bud Pidgeon.  “We believe that confusion leads many to contribute to them thinking that they are helping local dogs and cats.  Instead their money is used to push legislation banning hunting rights and more.  That is why these 28 conservation organizations have united on this issue.”

The USSA will continue working with its partners to raise Mr. Limbaugh and the general public’s awareness of the HSUS agenda. 

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