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September 22, 2010

Ballot measure would ensure right to hunt, fish in AZ


Supporters of a proposition to make hunting and fishing constitutional rights in Arizona say they’re making a pre-emptive strike against any threat to what they deem long-standing traditions.  The ballot measure is being supported by NSSF, NRA, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Gov. Jan Brewer (R).  A debate covering this issue will be held tonight at 8 p.m. local time in the auditorium at Gateway Community College in east Phoenix.  Cox Cable will televise the event on Channel 7 at a later date.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recently said, “Prop 109 is a solution in search of a problem, given that no animal welfare groups have launched or even threatened to launch a statutory initiative on hunting” (Huffington Post, September 14, 2010).  However, while he was working for Fund for Animals, Wayne Pacelle said, “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” (Full Cry Magazine, October 1990).

HSUS claims that Prop 109 is an unnecessary power grab by the State of Arizona and no threat to hunting exists.  But, when the CEO of HSUS has expressed his intent to use the ballot box to stop all hunting, why do you think HSUS really opposes Prop 109?