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Current Wildlife News Releases

by Wildlife Legislative Fund of America (WLFA)

Cereal Company Joins in Partnership with Nation’s Largest Animal Rights Group

General Mills, maker of a variety of breakfast cereals, is promoting the nation’s largest animal rights organization by distributing free calendars in specially marked boxes of Golden Grahams cereal.

The “Pets and Their Celebrities” 2002 calendars feature information from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its Kids in Nature’s Defense (KIND) News. It includes photos of a number of celebrities and their pets, including Christina Applegate, David Alan Grier and Brendan Fraser.

KIND News is a classroom newspaper the HSUS uses to spread its animal rights message to children. Produced by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, a youth education division of the HSUS, this newspaper is printed monthly and is read by more than 1.2 million school children, grades K-6.

“General Mills has made a tremendous mistake in its support of the Humane Society of the United States,” said WLFA President Bud Pidgeon. “In this partnership, General Mills and Golden Grahams cereal are promoting an organization that is determined to eliminate the American traditions of hunting, fishing, trapping, animal agriculture and other animal use.”

General Mills is not alone in their misunderstanding of the nation’s largest animal rights group.

“The HSUS has millions of people fooled into thinking it is raising money to save dogs and cats that are stranded in local shelters,” said Pidgeon. “The truth is HSUS does not operate or oversee any animal shelters. In fact, the organization spent less that one percent of its 1999 income of $67 million on grants to wildlife, animal habitat and dog and cat shelters.”

Take Action! Sportsmen should contact General Mills to express their extreme displeasure of its support for the Humane Society of the United States. Contact Stephen W. Sanger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Mills, at P.O. Box 1113, Minneapolis, MN, 55440 or call him at (763) 764-7600.

There is No Refuge from PETA

The animal rights group known for its offensive billboards and inane publicity stunts has taken a shot at ending hunting, fishing and trapping on federal lands.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, as well as several state parks departments, asking that hunting, fishing and trapping be banned on National Wildlife Refuges and in state parks.

In the message to Norton, PETA’s Campaign Coordinator Dan Shannon condemns trapping, calls hunting an “inherently violent activity” and defines fishing as “hunting in the water.”

Shannon also states that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the first official refuges in the 1940s where it was “unlawful to hunt, trap, capture, willfully disturb, or kill any bird or wild animal”. This is certainly testament to PETA’s lack of respect for accuracy and truthfulness.

The first National Wildlife Refuge was created 100 years ago. In recent years, WLFA worked with members of Congress to pass the National Wildlife Refuge Reform Act, which ensures that hunting, fishing and trapping are protected on National Wildlife Refuges and that the activities are considered priority public uses. Regardless of how many letters PETA writes to Secretary Norton, hunting, fishing and trapping have been and continue to be legally protected activities on refuges.

Similar letters were sent to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and Kentucky State Parks. PETA’s message to Michigan claims that hunting and fishing “promote bullying as an acceptable behavior” and should be done away with. North Dakota and Kentucky received PETA’s propaganda encouraging them to ban fishing to help alleviate the pressures of encroachment, under-funding, overcrowding and pollution.

PETA and all other animal rights groups need to get the facts straight. Sportsmen pay for wildlife and wildlife management programs in this country – to the tune of over $2.6 billion a year. This figure is from the recently completed WCFA’s Fish and Wildlife Agency Funding Survey.

ALF Terror Attacks Continue

Vandalism at a Ronald McDonald House located just miles from the firebombed McDonald’s Restaurant in Tucson has the staff worried about future terrorist acts. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for families of children being treated for serious illnesses.

A swastika was drawn on the forehead of a Ronald McDonald statue that sits at the Tucson facility. Derogatory comments about fast-food restaurants and the initials “ALF” and “ELF” – groups that the FBI classifies as domestic terrorists - were also found on the figure.

The ALF opposes all animal use, including McDonald’s use of animals for food. Although the Tucson Ronald McDonald House was opened 20 years ago with seed money from McDonald’s Corporation, it is not a part of the McDonald’s franchise.

A McDonald House spokeswoman said that she is very concerned about the safety of the families who stay at the House. Last year 7,300 people stayed at least one night at the Tucson McDonald House. Since the incident police are increasing patrols of the area.

“These activists are menacing sick children and their families in an effort to further their political agenda,” said WLFA President Bud Pidgeon. “The WLFA is fed up with this type of irrational, irresponsible behavior which is meant to scare people away from enjoying reasonable, legal activities including hunting, fishing and even eating a hamburger.”

Animal Activists Arrested in Arkansas

Several animal rights activists were arrested during a protest outside of a firm with ties to a British research company that performs animal-based research.

Two dozen animal rights activists were arrested while protesting the Steven, Inc. headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. According to the Washington Post, nine animal rights activists, wearing gas masks, bandanas and animal masks, were detained when they tried to climb over a barricade while chanting, “stop the torture, stop the pain.”

Other arrests were made when activists blocked the street as office workers left work. Some demonstrators face charges including disorderly conduct, failure to submit to arrests, blocking the streets and obstruction of government operations for failing to give their names when being booked.

“A lot of people in the [animal-welfare movement] have been involved in a lot of violence,” said Warren Stephens, chief executive officer of Stephens Inc. The violence was “unfortunate, but not surprising.”

The American for Medical Progress reports that there were no injuries among police or bystanders, but two activists were injured. One woman broke her wrist and a man sustained an injury to his eye. Both have been treated.

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