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August 15, 2011

NSSF Submits Letter to the Editor on Sunday Hunting in PA


Earlier today the National Shooting Sports Foundation submitted the following letter to the editor regarding Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania:

August 15, 2011

Letters to the Editor
PennLive
The Patriot-News Co.
2405 Park Drive, Suite 201
Harrisburg, PA, 17110

To the Editor:

It was no surprise to read that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – the country’s leading anti-hunting group – is opposed to Sunday Hunting in the Keystone State; in fact, this organization is also opposed to hunting Monday through Saturday (“Pennsylvania should leave Sundays free of hunting,” August 13, 2011).

In her opinion piece, Ms. Speed focuses her support for the ban on the need for outdoor enthusiasts to have a day in which they can traverse the woods safely. This argument, however, is at odds with the National Safety Council which considers hunting to be one of the safest activities to participate in – with more injuries occurring in the sport of billiards. And least we forget, hunting in Pennsylvania occurs only from late September into early December—clearly very few Sundays would be affected by removing this restriction.

Furthermore, while the HSUS isn’t interested in considering the economic benefits of Sunday hunting to the state, considering them to be “imaginary projections,” a report released by a coalition of America’s leading conservation, sportsmen’s and hunting organizations has found that removal of Sunday hunting restrictions would result in an estimated 8,190 new Pennsylvania jobs. The report also notes that these jobs would pay more than $245 million in wages and contribute approximately $765 million in additional economic activity to the state.

The HSUS believes that all hunting should be abolished and that wildlife should have the same rights as humans – does this sound like a group that deserves a seat at the table in the discussion over Sunday hunting?

Sincerely,

Christopher Dolnack
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.