Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 (CARA)...
"is one of the most pernicious pieces of pro-hunting
legislation. It has all ready quietly passed the House
of Representatives (HR 701) and is now pending in the
Senate (S. 25).
people outside the State Fish and Game Departments and
their groupies know about it. Its enactment would be
tantamount to doubling the already considerable (about
$450 million) annual federal contribution to hunting
programs of the various states agencies.
add insult to injury, these funds come from the environmentally
destructive Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas
leases. This "gift" to the states' budget will bring
the all the states' governments on board when it comes
to hand out more of those destructive oil and gas drilling
permits. In a nutshell: 1) We permit private exploiters
to destroy the offshore eco-system. 2) They pay us for
that privilege. 3) We use part of the money to allow
the continued destruction of our wildlife. 4) So we
can destroy both our offshore eco-system and our wildlife
without any net cost to us. What a deal!! In the fight
against hunting one of our encouraging signs over the
last 20 years has been the steady erosion of the number
of hunters and the concomitant financial support. That
erosion has lead to large-scale pessimism among hunters
and the Fish and Game agencies about the future of hunting.
This measure, if passed, could undo all this overnight.
CARA could undo all this overnight.
YOU CAN DO: It is vital that all us get in touch
with our Senators and urge the defeat of this act. For
more information about this act, and suggestions for
actions you visit http://www.wildwatch.org
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