Letter From C.A.S.H. President

By Joe Miele, President of C.A.S.H.

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”
– Plato

As we begin a new year, the thing that stands out to me most is how much we’ve learned from hunters and hunting agencies by keeping an open mind and being willing to listen to what they are saying. Before your jaw falls open and you start thinking, “Has C.A.S.H. gone bonkers?” let me assure you that what we’ve learned from hunting agencies has not changed our position at all. In fact, it has strengthened our belief that hunting is detrimental to wildlife, habitats, public safety, and society in general.

Hunting and trapping groups constantly contradict themselves by having their messages fit particular situations. Groups that steadfastly assert that trapping regulations are set through sound scientific principles are saying that California’s Fish and Game Commission did not use sound science when voting to ban bobcat trapping. State officials in Minnesota have publicly stated their intentions to increase the deer herd to satisfy the wishes of hunters. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has exposed himself as being firmly in the camp of the hunting cartel by signing some of the most pro-hunting/anti-wildlife bills to have come through the state legislature in many years.

When you learn, you understand, and when you understand, you grow. This is especially true when it comes to wildlife and wildlife protection, because we find that when people educate themselves about wildlife issues they begin to see that oft-spoken sound bites like “there are too few predators left” and “hunting is safer than bowling” have little basis in truth. Education and knowledge are the enemies of sport hunting, and this can be seen in the statistics published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As you read through this issue of the Courier you’ll see pieces on these very subjects.

Thank you for supporting C.A.S.H. throughout the decades. Your support makes our work possible and we like to think that we’ve learned as much from you as you’ve learned from us. Here’s to the start of a great year for knowledge and for wildlife.

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