Following in the footsteps of the nation’s most powerful anti-hunting organization, a quartet of environmental groups wasted no time firing off fundraising appeals to fight HR 4089–the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012–the most significant pro-sportsmen legislation in 15 years.
The funding requests are full of lies, mischaracterizations, and distortions.
Joining the Humane Society of the United States in this cynical attempt to cash in are the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society and the National Parks Conservation Association. Their fundraising appeals can be viewed by clicking on each group’s name above.
Opponents falsely claim that the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act will:
- Allow motorized access, roads, logging and oil / gas development in wilderness areas;
- Prohibit the use of the National Environmental Policy Act in making hunting and fishing management decisions on public lands;
- Mandate that hunting be allowed in National Parks. This could include hunting at historic battlefield, cemeteries or other sensitive cultural sites;
- Remove protection from the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act for polar bears;
- Allow unregulated hunting on federal public land;
- Remove the authority of the U.S. EPA to regulate lead in ammunition and fishing tackle.
Bill Horn, federal affairs director for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), is one of the key contributors to the language in H.R. 4089. A former Assistant Secretary of Interior, Bill explains what is fiction and what is fact about the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012.