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    Default PETA to Al Gore: Go Vegan and Save the World

    PETA to Al Gore: Go Vegan and Save the World, Get Dates


    6/10/10


    PETA continues finding the most inventive ways to push its animal rights, pro-vegan and anti-hunting message. The headline junkie group is now offering Al Gore advice on how to save the world and get more dates in the wake of the former Vice President’s pending divorce. What great advice does the group offer? “Go vegan.”

    In a June 8 letter sent to Gore, PETA co-founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk offered “heartfelt advice” after his split from long-time wife Tipper. Recounting the group’s view that eating meat causes serious environmental problems, Newkirk wrote, “May we recommend kicking the meat and milk habit entirely and going vegan.” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman chimed in that “a plant-based diet will help him slim down and boost his energy and overall health," thus getting him back out in the dating game quicker.

    In a final act of kindness, Newkirk even offered to send Gore a basketful of vegan food to help him on his path to “healthier planet and a rekindled love life.”

    “It’s touching to see that PETA wants to help Al Gore deal with his new situation,” said Greg R. Lawson, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of communication. “Of course, everyone knows that PETA is trying to advance an out of the mainstream agenda by co-opting a major public figure into its propaganda efforts. We hope Mr. Gore refuses to take the bait.”
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    Default USSAF to Join Maine Trapping Lawsuit

    USSAF to Join Maine Trapping Lawsuit
    10/14/08




    On October 14, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation was allowed to represent sportsmen in yet another lawsuit brought by animal activists seeking to eliminate hunting, fishing and trapping wherever endangered or threatened species exist. The Maine based case mirrors another case from the state that was settled last October. In both, the plaintiffs attempted to stop trapping altogether in Maine due to the incidental taking of the federally protected Canada lynx.

    On October 10, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) had asked a U.S. District Judge for permission to join a federal lawsuit brought by two anti hunting groups, the Wildlife Alliance of Maine and the Animal Welfare Institute against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar case brought previously by a third anti hunting group, the Animal Protection Institute (API), which also sought to stop trapping.

    Both the API case and the new one deal with serious legal issues regarding the possible use of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to ban all hunting, trapping, and fishing whenever there is a possibility of incidentally taking an animal that falls under federal protection. The cases are so similar; they are practically identical and appear to be an effort to get the court to render a verdict the antis like better this time.

    The USSAF filed to join the case along with the Maine Trappers’ Association, Fur Takers of America, National Trappers’ Association, and several individual sportsmen.
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    Exclamation Pennsylvania Dog Kennel Bill Passes with Sportsmen Prot

    Pennsylvania Dog Kennel Bill Passes with Sportsmen Protections Included
    10/14/08



    Last week, the Pennsylvania legislature passed House Bill 2525, the Dog Kennel bill with all major changes requested by the US Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Sporting Dog Defense Coalition (SDDC). The bill was signed by Governor Ed Rendell on October 10.
    While the legislation had stalled for awhile due to a variety of issues, it eventually made it through all hurdles, never picking up any additional alterations that could represent problems for sportsmen. In fact, the Senate even improved on certain provisions from the version that had cleared the House.

    The USSA wants to thank all groups that joined in the massive effort to clean up HB 2525: Masters of Foxhound’s Association of America, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, Northeast Beagle Gun Dog Federation, American Brittany Club, and many local hunts clubs and other organizations. Without their efforts, the bill would have allowed the combining of criminal and civil fines for small technical violations and put many sporting dog breeders out of business.

    Common sense changes the SDDC coalition obtained include: modifications on originally proposed language regarding search and seizure, criminal and civil fines, search warrants and probable cause. Those changes also kept the ability to set license fees with the legislature, thus preventing bureaucrats from hiking them without a public airing.

    By HB 2525 passing now, and in a form that preserves the rights of those who hunt with dogs, this issue is unlikely to reemerge in the next legislative cycle.
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    Exclamation “taking” North Central Pennsylvania Is Breaking The St

    “TAKING” NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA IS BREAKING THE STATE

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    N. Charles Bolgiano, PhD

    It never seems to end, does it? The Rendell Administration, under the banner of the PA Wilds Project has targeted 12 counties in North Central Pennsylvania (Clinton, Tioga, Lycoming, Cameron, Potter, McKean, Elk, Clearfield, Jefferson, Warren, Forest and Clarion ) as the PA Wilds Area. They have been making radical changes that are the cause of residents moving out of the area, the economy is collapsing in some areas, businesses including motels are closing---in short, the rural character of the entire PA Wilds Area is destined for radical change-like it or not! The Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) stated at the 9-13-07 Conference of PA Wilds held in Williamsport that all private land must come under public ownership because lands are better managed in public hands than in private ownership.



    The mainstay of past economic prosperity in the PA Wilds Area has largely resided in deer hunting, camp ownership, grocery shopping and the many outdoor amenities that attracted Pennsylvania’s hunting community to frequently visit North Central Pennsylvania throughout the year. In doing so they spent lots of money which maintained a healthy business climate in the area. DCNR and the PA Game Commission (PGC) has changed the role that was once the Hunting Capitol of Pennsylvania by allowing the slaughter of the Whitetail deer to the point that huntable populations are too difficult to find and many sportsmen have abandoned the area. The economic hardship for many businesses has become so dire that some towns are in a virtual state of collapse.



    DCNR and the PGC have laid plans to establish “Monument Designation” for the 12 county area….one that is vacant of people and instead honors elk and tourism. It isn’t entirely a DCNR/PGC issue either. Much of what has happened in the past ten years began under the Ridge Administration assisted by environmental activists who want a “Monument” dedicated to wilderness, which is untouched by human hands and private ownership. Scientific wildlife management practices and hunting will no longer form the hub of lifestyles for current residents.



    In November 2007, The Pa Wilds Planning Team met in secrecy to map strategy for future development of the Wilds Region. Seven teams made up of business owners, planners, public officials and non-government organizations from counties in the Pa Wilds region mapped their goals and action plans. The Master Plan is to create “GREEN COMMUNITIES” throughout the region. The Plan systematically will further harm local economies by eliminating hunting and fishing, which for over a hundred years has been the number one recreational income producer for the Wilds Region. The responsibility of DCNR to manage the future of communities and their residents through Monument Designation and Green Communities is self-serving and destructive of traditional values.



    DCNR and the Planning Team fail to face up to the already collapsing economy of the region due to the decrease in revenues provided by recreational hunting. PA Wilds residents have strong virtues of individualism and independence, besides a strong distrust of big government….they are a citizenry that forms the bedrock of Pennsylvania’s self-sufficient most RURAL FRONTIER.



    It is amazing how fast things are taking shape here in our State’s own pristine rural frontier that is right in line with the transfer of democracy into a totalitarian socialist state. Even a non-elected “Multi-Community Main Street Manager” will be hired to dictate the rules that “Green Communities” must adhere to.



    N. Charles Bolgiano, PhD

    Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania

    824 Dorsea Road

    Lancaster, PA 17601

    717-898-8834

    February 11, 2008
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    Lightbulb Supreme Court or Court of Activists?

    Supreme Court or Court of Activists?


    Americans are busy people, most of us anyway. Our jobs, our families, our hobbies pretty much consume us without much time left for a book, television, the newspaper or the Internet. I realize there are exceptions to this generalization, but it’s fairly safe to say most get their news/politics in ten-second sound bites. We have come to accept that politics never end with new legislation introduced everyday to save the world or save us from ourselves. In the back of our minds, we have also come to believe that the preposterous legislation that threatens our rights will meet its demise in court. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that may no longer be the case, at least not in Pennsylvania.

    A brief walk down memory lane and we arrive at the lawsuit filed by the Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League against the PA State Police for maintaining a handgun registry contrary to Act 17. This one was argued before the PA Supreme Court. The PA State Police maintain a record of sale for every handgun sold in this state dating back to the 1930’s. Act 17 is crystal clear, no registry is permitted. Incredibly, the PA Supreme Court ruled maintaining the record of sale for every purchase was not a registry. Huh?

    More recently, the PA Supreme Court displayed once again their ability to understand the law and the English language. In this case, Johnna Seeton, a board member of the PA Legislative Animal Network filed suit against the PGC for Game and Wildlife Code violations at Tioga Boar Hunting Preserve in Tioga County, PA. She argued that wild boar raised in captivity and harvested in a fenced, 1500 acre property were indeed wild animals. The Supreme Court agreed. The PGC argued that hunting preserves are alternative farming operations regulated by the Dept. of Agriculture, not the Game and Wildlife Code. Of course, wild boar never existed in PA. The Court also instructed the PGC to review whether all the other animals hunted on the preserve are indeed wild animals and subject to regulation per the Game and Wildlife Code. Interesting.

    Ms. Johnna Seeton was quick to admit that the ruling was a step toward her goal to end what she calls “canned hunts”. One can only surmise that her logic is to further go after the PGC as the smaller, less powerful agency.

    In its’ press release #002-08 the PGC announced it is drafting regulations regarding wild boar and its recommendations will be presented at the next Commissioner meeting. It is common knowledge the PGC doesn’t want wild boar in our woods and they don’t want to be involved in regulating alternative farming practices. Their plate is full with deer management, windmills, DCNR encroachment, timbering controversies and habitat demands by our sporting class just to name a few of their problems.

    It would not be difficult for this scenario to quickly develop into a private property/farming business debate. If the PGC decides that Tioga Boar Hunting Preserve can no longer offer wild hogs for harvest and consumption, are all game preserves destined for closure? Will the PGC now control what can and can not be farmed in PA and offered at game preserves? Will Ms. Johnna Seeton now sue the PGC to establish hunting seasons within the fenced areas of shooting preserves? Do these potential changes threaten the constitutional rights of the owners of Tioga Preserve and all owners of shooting preserves? Can all of this be derailed by the PGC closing all games preserves down for one day a year, say Christmas Day?

    The lower court ruled the PGC did not have the right to regulate shooting preserves by correctly assessing that such businesses are alternative farming operations. The lower court agreed that boars raised in captivity were not truly wild animals and thus beyond the scope of PGC’s Game and Wildlife Code. Having shooting preserves regulated by the Department of Agriculture was done by statute and the will of our legislators, who represent the interest of all Pennsylvanians. This bizarre ruling by the PA Supreme has turned the law upside down.

    The message to be learned is loud and clear. Anti-gun and anti-hunting special interests have been successful at turning the PA Supreme Court away from a court of law into a court of activists. The PA Supreme Court is now legislating from the bench. It is a sad day for Pennsylvania.

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    Lightbulb Who’s Your President?

    Who’s Your President?
    Another thought-provoking column by yours truly.

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    Article 357


    Few of us think of our life and times as a snapshot of history, but it is. What we have witnessed and survived will be revisited and discussed by generations to come. Some of the players embroiled in our current controversies will be recorded in the history books quite fondly, others certainly will not.

    As a little piece of this historical story unfolding right before our eyes something unprecedented recently occurred. Mr. Stephen Mohr, former PGC Game Commissioner has been elected as President of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP). In all of my readings and investigations, I can not find where this has ever happened before. Think about that. A Game Commissioner coming off the PGC Board of Commissioners gets elected to the largest, fastest growing sportsman’s advocacy group in the state. It says volumes about the convictions and intentions of Steve Mohr, the man, and the direction of the USP. His insight and experience will certainly prove invaluable.

    Interestingly, there is another piece of presidential history unfolding right before eyes. Ms. Roxanne Palone, a current PGC Commissioner is seeking the Presidency for her last year as a Commissioner. There is some tradition involved in her bid. Generally, outgoing Commissioners are elected President so history will record for a brief period that he or she in this case, was President. This is really about egos and there have been exceptions for various reasons.

    I can not speak for you, but frankly I am having trouble with this tradition or shall we say, “right of passage” to the Presidency. The PGC Board of Commissioners is supposed to be a functioning, managerial body making sound decisions for our wildlife, sporting class and all the people of PA. The President is a critical position, one which can influence and alter the dialog and debate of the entire Board. These factors are far more critical than tradition.

    Let us continue our honesty by revisiting Ms. Palone’s history. She was controversial before she ever became a Commissioner. She was a forester employed by the federal government working out of West Virginia. Debate raged over this perceived conflict of interest. Of course, who can forget her sarcasm and condescending words toward hunters at PGC meetings. Her anti-hunting remarks to a classroom of students at Penn State University were another revealing occurrence. The letter I received from her attorney threatening legal action if I wrote about her again was yet, another classy statement. Disregarding her forays into the unprofessional, Ms. Palone has been a leading proponent along with Commissioners Russ Schleiden and Greg Isabella for the necessity to eradicate our deer herd. Her stance hasn’t changed in seven years and now she wants to be President of the Commission.

    Her role in the recent violation of Commissioner Tom Boop’s civil rights is another stellar example of her performance as a Commissioner. You certainly remember that fiasco. Commissioner Tom Boop was removed as President for a brief period for expressing his displeasure for the current deer management plan. Ms. Palone quickly assumed the position of President with pomp and the glow of victory. The entire matter was an embarrassing debacle and Commissioner Tom Boop was reinstated after statewide outrage bounced off the walls of our legislators’ offices.

    Of all of her transgressions into the ridiculous, there is one that stands above the rest. Commissioner Roxanne Palone has blocked her incoming emails. I have received this complaint from across the state. I believe she changed her email a while back and has not given out the new address. This is absurd behavior for a PGC Commissioner. Obviously, she doesn’t want to hear from our so-called Neanderthals carrying .30-30’s. Obviously, no one explained to her listening to the people is her number one responsibility as a Commissioner.

    I wrote this column because the state is ablaze with this discussion. The Unified Sportsmen of PA does not support her for President. Actually, I can not find support for her Presidency outside of the USP, either. Ms. Rosanne Palone may have just burned too many bridges during her tenure as a PGC Commissioner to become President.

    History does not forget. It records our words and actions for all posterity for all to revisit and reminisce. I can not tell you what to do in these critical times. I can only inform you. With that admission it is quite appropriate to ask you a question.

    Who’s your President?

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    All is Not Lost!



    A famous man once said "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Certainly an interesting comment considering Edmund Burke put those words together in the mid-1700’s. Things haven’t changed much in the last almost 300 years. You speak of your liberties and government speaks of your security. History reveals government’s pursuit of noble causes has been the vehicle of choice for driving our freedoms into obscurity. It’s an old game that is really getting old.

    With that said maybe you have that fire in your belly and that tunnel-vision passion to hold government accountable for their actions. It would not take much to get the PGC and DCNR under control. With no more than six pieces of curative legislation we could effectively slap these bureaucrats upside their heads and get them going in the right direction. It is all about limiting their discretion. The arrogance of state agencies and their lack of respect for the will of the people has become a known national problem. I suppose we could say at this juncture “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance”.

    There are a few people working very hard behind the scenes so to speak to put together those six pieces of critical curative legislation. In 2007, Dr. N. Charles Bolgiano, Legislative Liaison for the Unified Sportsmen of PA (USP) worked very diligently to bring about legislative change. Last spring House Bill 1214 (a USP creation) unanimously passed the House Game and Fisheries Committee and went on to pass the full House of Representatives without a single dissenting vote. State Rep Dan Surra was the mover and shaker of this bill. This legislation limits the term of PGC Commissioners to four years instead of eight. This deer eradication program could not possibly have continued if a few select Commissioners were gone a few years ago. This is critical legislation with other obvious benefits that would have a major impact on protecting your rights.

    Dr. Bolgiano is also working on legislation to modify Title 34, the Game Code. In this instance USP wants language inserted into the Code requiring the PGC to not only manage wildlife scientifically, but mandate equal consideration for social, recreational and economic impacts when determining seasons and bag limits. Certainly you are beginning to envision “plugging the leaking dam” scenario.

    Allowing sportsmen to play a role in the appointment of PGC Commissioners is another Unified initiative now being discussed in legislative caucus rooms. This is the old “taxation without representation” argument that would probably easily hold up in a courtroom. This is a national problem offering PA legislators the opportunity to project themselves above all other states.

    The deer management audit instigated by Dr. Bolgiano and USP has recently gained deep traction. The Legislative and Budget Finance Committee recently announced their intent to conduct a thorough, objective review of our deer management program. USP is currently discussing with our legislators the research team and the parameters necessary to keep this audit objective and successful.

    These few examples are the mere tip of the iceberg of what a few are trying to accomplish for so many. Personally, I don’t buy that old cliché` “You can fight city hall, but you just can’t win”. The last time I looked this was still the United States of America. You have the right to vote and certainly have the right to voice your concerns.

    It is time for deep analysis of exactly who you are and what role you will play in saving our grand traditions. Is that fire burning in your belly or will you roll over and sell your guns? What has the PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs or the United Bowhunters or Audubon done for you lately?

    We are a critical crossroads in this entire debate. It is more than just deer management. It’s about small game, habitat improvements, predator management, financing for the PGC, our State Games Lands and our guarantee to hunt, fish, trap and shoot. It’s the big picture and the details.

    All is not lost. If we have to pass legislation, terminate people, cut the trees and restore the deer, it is attainable if you have that fire in your belly. The cost of maintaining our traditions has indeed become eternal vigilance. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

    Right now you need to ask yourself, “Am I a good man?”

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    Arrow Report Casts Anti’s in Their True Light

    Report Casts Anti’s in Their True Light
    Report Casts Anti’s in Their True Light

    January 18, 2008



    The Center for Consumer Freedom announced last week that the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), filed a report with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, indicating the supposedly “ethical” group killed over 97% of the companion animals surrendered to the organization in 2006.



    This places PETA at nearly three times the average euthanasia rate of local humane societies (34.7%) throughout Virginia. In all, the extremist animal rights organization killed nearly 3,000 animals in 2006 while only placing 12 pets into adoption that same year.



    This news comes on the heels of a trial last year in which two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a North Carolina dumpster. In a separate incident, another PETA employee is facing felony charges in Virginia in a separate dog-napping case.



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    Sportsmen Want Proof that More Kennel Regs Are Necessary

    State still insists more rules needed for all kennels

    October 19, 2007 (Pennsylvania)


    Sporting dog enthusiasts object to the state ratcheting up regulations on all licensed kennels in Pennsylvania without demonstrating why the action is necessary for the hunting dog community.

    During a meeting between officials of Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration and members of the USSA’s Sporting Dog Defense Coalition (SDDC) in October, the state insisted that there be increased care and facility regulations for all kennels, including those that house hunting dogs. The SDDC believes current regulations are sufficient for the hunting dog community, and imposing additional regulations will be an unnecessary burden on sportsmen.

    “We are not convinced there is a chronic problem among the sporting community that mandates such action,” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “Sportsmen want the state to allow recently increased dog law enforcement and upgraded prosecution capabilities to snag offenders instead of turning up the heat on all kennel operators.”

    The SDDC has spent the better part of the year building grassroots opposition to dog care regulations put forth by the Department of Agriculture in Dec. 2006 at the governor’s behest. The regulations were announced as part of Rendell’s initiative to eliminate so-called puppy mills in the commonwealth; however, sportsmen will be caught up in the regulations, which include daily exercise requirements that do not include hunting or field trialing; immediate repairs to rusty fences and cracked concrete; a minimum number of daily air exchanges in kennels; and many other unrealistic requirement.

    The administration told USSA it does not want to hurt sporting dog kennels. The governor’s senior staff has been persuaded that a one-size-fits-all policy to regulate small-scale dog breeders with the iron fist intended for abusive, commercial breeders will not be effective.

    "We were pleased to hear the governor's commitment to not hurt sporting dog kennels,” said Sexton. “Before we agree to costly and time consuming regulations, the government must demonstrate that the problems cannot be handled by new enforcement capabilities. The sportsman community is well-behaved; we do not deserve to be treated in the same fashion as flagrant violators.”

    The sporting dog community and hobby breeders support the effort to crack down on abusive commercial breeders, but it will not accept sweeping regulations that will cripple the future of hunting with dogs.
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    Default Anti's Seek Court Order to Stop Bowhunt

    Anti's Seek Court Order to Stop Bowhunt
    USSA offers legal expertise to county

    September 7, 2007 (Pennsylvania)



    A lawsuit has been brought in Pennsylvania that could allow animal activists to prohibit hunting on properties that are left to the government as charitable trusts.

    Three anti-hunters recently filed suit seeking to overturn a decision to permit archery hunting on a portion of the Trexler Game Preserve in Lehigh County. The county entered into a cooperative agreement with the state that will allow archery deer and turkey hunting, beginning on Sept. 29, on 471 acres of the 1,100-acre preserve.

    Plaintiffs Virginia Wolfe, president of the Lehigh Valley Animal Rights Coalition; Shawn Hubler; and Carol Loomis claim hunting runs contrary to the intent of the late Gen. Harry Trexler, who deeded to property to the county in 1933. The women are not affiliated with the Harry C. Trexler Trust, but have nonetheless asked a judge to stop the hunt until a hearing is held on whether the plan violates his will.

    Jane Roth, executive director of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, said the trust does not take issue with the plan.

    County officials will be asking a judge to rule that the women have no right to bring suit. None of them have any connection to the Trexler trust, nor can they prove their claim that the late General Trexler, who died more than 70 years ago, would not have approved of the hunt.

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation will offer legal experts to Lehigh County on this issue.
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