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    Jerry LaBella (Admin) Guest

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    <font color="ff0000"><font size="+1">Virginia Hunting Dog Retrieval Bills Advancing- &#40;02/12&#41;</font></font>
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    Two bills that will simplify the retrieval of strayed hunting dogs are moving through the Virginia legislature.

    Senate Bill 1180, introduced by Sen. Kenneth Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, will prohibit the removal of a dogís tracking collar without consent of the dog owner. It received Senate approval on Jan. 23, 40 to 0. It awaits a hearing in the House Courts of Justice Committee.

    Also progressing in the legislature is HB 2531, introduced by Delegate Steve Landes, R-Waynesboro. It will allow the retrieval of strayed hunting dogs from anotherís property, so long as the hunter identifies himself if asked to by the landowner. The bill passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Feb. 12, 13 to 1.

    On Feb. 6, an amended version of HB 2531 passed the House of Delegates, 96 to 3. The amendment came after sportsmen objected to the original language, which would have abolished huntersí right to go onto private property to retrieve a strayed hunting dog without permission.

    The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance alerted Virginia sportsmen to the initial danger of HB 2531 via a Sportsmen Alert in January. Many hunters used the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org to send messages to lawmakers opposing the restriction.


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    <font color="0000ff"><font size="+2">Court Shuts Down Effort to Ban Bear Hunt on Refuge- &#40;12/01&#41;</font></font>
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    A federal judge has refused anti-huntersí demands to halt a black bear hunt at a Virginia National Wildlife Refuge &#40;NWR&#41;.



    On Nov. 30, U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan denied an emergency injunction filed by In Defense of Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, and other anti-hunting groups to call off the newly-established black bear hunt at Great Dismal Swamp NWR. The judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed appropriate procedures while establishing the hunt and that the hunt would not cause ďirreparable damageĒ to the refugeís bear population.



    Fifty-eight hunters were selected to participate in the two-day hunt, which began Dec. 1.



    The anti-hunting movement has made the elimination of hunting on refuges a priority.



    The Animal Protection Institute recently called on its supporters to demand that officials ban hunting, fishing and trapping for 39 North Dakota refuges, and ban hunting and trapping on an Illinois refuge.



    The U.S. Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund &#40;U.S. SLDF&#41;, the litigation arm of the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation &#40;USSAF&#41;, is taking on the antiís in an ongoing lawsuit to ban hunting on 37 units of the 100 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System. Click here to read more about this issue.


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    <font color="0077aa"><font size="+2">Anti&#39;s Protest Bear Hunt on Virginia Refuge- &#40;11/13&#41;
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    Anti-hunters are pressuring federal officials to cancel a black bear hunt at a Virginia National Wildlife Refuge &#40;NWR&#41;.



    In Defense of Animals &#40;IDA&#41;, a national anti-hunting organization, is urging its supporters to demand that the Great Dismal Swamp NWR call off its newly-established black bear hunt and implement non-lethal bear controls. It is calling members to contact Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Refuge Manager Suzanne Baird, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service &#40;USFWS&#41; Regional Director Marvin Moriarty to stop the hunt.



    One hundred hunters were selected by lottery for the two-day hunt, which will begin Dec. 1. Nearly 350 sportsmen applied for permits, which cost $50.



    The anti-hunting movement has made the elimination of hunting on refuges a priority.



    The Animal Protection Institute recently called on its supporters to demand that officials ban hunting, fishing and trapping for 39 North Dakota refuges, and ban hunting and trapping on an Illinois refuge.



    The U.S. Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund &#40;U.S. SLDF&#41;, the litigation arm of the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation &#40;USSAF&#41;, is taking on the antiís in an ongoing lawsuit to ban hunting on 37 units of the 100 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System. The suit was filed in 2003 against the USFWS by the Fund for Animals, which has since merged with the Humane Society of the United States.



    In August, a federal judge ruled that the USFWS must evaluate the environmental impacts of hunting on the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. The astonishing decision, which runs contrary to the USSAF-backed law that directs the USFWS to facilitate hunting on refuges when possible, came after the judge granted a USSAF motion for partial dismissal of the case. He had ruled that comprehensive environmental studies were not necessary for goals outlined in the USFWS strategic plan.



    The U.S. SLDF promptly asked the judge to not terminate hunting and fishing on the refuges while the USFWS complies with the ruling to update environmental impact records. The USFWS has committed to updating the environmental studies by summer 2007.





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