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Posted 04 January 2007 - 04:26 PM

New Sportsmen?s Caucus Leadership in D.C.
?As Washington, DC and the country await the opening of the 110th Congress under a new Democratic leadership for the first time in 12 years, hunters and anglers can rest assured that sportsmen?s issues will continue to transcend party lines with a strong bi-partisan sportsmen?s caucus. When the 110th Congress officially begins this Thursday, January 4th, the 18-year-old Congressional Sportsmen?s Caucus will anoint new leadership to serve as the stewards of sportsmen?s issues during the two year session. Serving as Co-Chairs in the Senate will be Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID). The House Co-Chairs will be Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Caucus Vice-Chairs will be Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Representatives Dan Boren (D-OK) and Steve Pearce (R-NM) in the House.? (Source: CSF)


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Polar Bear Under ESA

On December 27, 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Polar Bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, citing as the primary causes global warming and the loss of arctic sea ice which the bears use as a platform for hunting the seals on which they feed. The FWS is giving the public 90 days to comment on the proposal. After reviewing the comments and scientific materials submitted, the FWS will reach a final decision whether to list, probably in early 2008. This proposed listing marks the first time that the federal government has proposed listing a species under the ESA primarily due to the alleged impacts of global warming. Although listing under the ESA would not affect the legality of hunting in Canada or any other foreign country, it could bar hunters from importing their trophies into the United States without obtaining additional authorization from the FWS. Consistent with comments it filed earlier in this matter, SCI intends to file comments that will support continued hunting and importation of polar bears as one of the primary tools for sustaining the species into the foreseeable future.

Join SCI 's litigation team in further discussion on this issue and others at "No Refuge Hunting, No Black Bear Seasons, and Other Nightmare Scenarios -- Why SCI Is In Court Fighting For You" to be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at SCI's Annual Convention in Reno.

Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping
?Fox Sports Net, which provides regional sports programming to 85 million households, has refused to cancel a gratis anti-trapping advertisement produced by the nation's largest animal rights group, HSUS. News Corporation, the parent company of Fox Sports Net and other Fox Cable Networks, approved a 15-second anti-trapping commercial as a public service announcement. The company [ran] the ad through the end of December at no cost to the anti hunting group.? (Source: USSA)

Data on South Africa Misleading

In the 12/22/06 edition of In the Crosshairs, SCI quoted a news story from Reuters, attributed to the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), stating that the canned hunting industry in South Africa brings in over $350 million dollars annually. While the quote of Reuters? story is accurate, we received the following response from PHASA:

?Canned Hunting (shooting) is illegal in South Africa. Secondly, crosshairs gives the impression that South Africa is the prime canned hunting (shooting) country in the world, which is obviously not the case. If 2.5 billion rand was spent on canned Big 5 hunting (shooting) in South Africa then we would eradicate the Big 5 in one year in South Africa. If the information was received from Reuters, they contacted our president Stewart Dorrington and enquired about these figures and he emphatically told Reuter these figures are erroneous and canned shooting is outlawed by PHASA. PHASA does not approve of any canned shooting. The annual hunting turnover of international hunting in South Africa does not reach 2.5 billion rand.?

As we reported in Crosshairs previously, the entire issue of hunting lions and other major predators within enclosures is under review by the government of South Africa. New rules on that and other aspects of hunting are expected to be published in final form
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 09:57 PM

As we reported in Crosshairs previously, the entire issue of hunting lions and other major predators within enclosures is under review by the government of South Africa. New rules on that and other aspects of hunting are expected to be published in final form


The word"enclosure" is widely debated as to its meaning and definition. The few shows that I've watched and they openingly discuss the enclosure where the lions were being kept was something like 20 square mile or more. And they still would get out into the neighbors farm and take their livestock. So the enclosure thing is really maintaining a future place for these lions were in some parts of the dark continent they are hunted to extinction.
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