Letter From the President


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

As I listen to our members and help advocates who are passionate about protecting wildlife and stopping the spread of hunting, I realize that our ranks are not only growing, but are becoming more sophisticated about the subject of wildlife management for hunting. I also see that we are becoming politically more educated and active. That’s all going on while hunters’ ranks are dwindling.

I am grateful that through C.A.S.H. I come into contact with compassionate people willing to stand up for what is right, many making personal sacrifices to achieve peace for wildlife. Our members and supporters fall into that category. I am gratified that we can help when you are willing to travel inconvenient distances to attend wildlife management meetings to speak out on behalf of wildlife in the face of major opposition. I know that, when needed, you rally neighbors and friends for demonstrations, and you present local officials with studies and facts about wildlife behavior, and the unwanted and unneeded effect that hunting has on the public, environment, and the animals. We publish the Courier for a number of reasons:

There is no other publication like it. It falls into a unique niche.

The concerns, experiences, or serious research of our members and colleagues often have no other outlet for their findings, accounts, or feelings.

Reporters, and others in a position to spread the word, visit our website and can search subjects from our home page to answer many of their questions.

Further, there are compassionate people who are trying to understand the subject of wildlife management and hunting better, and our in-depth articles provide a wealth of information.

Unfortunately, there are trolls and spies who twist the information we provide to further their violent, selfish, and anti-wildlife agenda. That’s the nature of the battle we wage – we’re the protectors and they are the exploiters so motivated by self-interest that the lives and well being of other species mean nothing to them. There’s nothing we can do about the nature of sport hunters, but we can certainly push for change in the way wildlife management agencies operate.

In Florida, where the Fish and Game agency has voted to resume bear hunting after a long time without it, wildlife activists, and citizens concerned with the well being of the bears, and the safety of their neighborhoods, have been using logic and science to refute the scaremongering tactics of the hunting community. You’ve heard it before from hunters – “It’s only a matter of time before the bears eat your children” – and sadly there are still public officials who don’t understand that state hunting agencies are more interested in advancing the cancer of recreational hunting than they are in trying to resolve any issues that may arise from human-wildlife conflicts. As long as the issues remain unresolved, due to the hunters’ obstructionism, their hunting programs will be easier to push through.

Then there are the inconsistent arguments heard from the hunters. One minute they complain of a lack of animals to kill, and the next they talk about overpopulation and habitat degradation. They talk about hunting for population control and putting food on the table, and then they put Quality Deer Management (QDM) programs in place so they can manipulate the herd to produce more trophy-quality animals.

Read the article on Quality Deer Management in this issue of the Courier for information on what these programs are about. If you’ve not heard of QDM before, you’ll learn why some hunters love it and why others prefer to kill as many animals as possible. It’s what C.A.S.H. calls “quantity deer hunting.” In both cases, the deer lose their precious lives.

We trust that you will find this issue of the Courier helpful.
Know that we’ll never stop fighting until wild animals win peace.

Thanks for everything you do.

For the wildlife,
Joe

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Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting / C.A.S.H.
P.O. Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561
845/256-1400