Letter from the President – Summer 2014

9/13/14

As summer winds down we find ourselves getting out of the house a little more.  Hiking in the mountains is a little more enjoyable when it is no longer 105 degrees, and while the monsoon season does encourage the growth of the desert’s painful weeds (Google “Tribulus terrestris” to learn of the nightmare we live with in New Mexico), it also eases the terrible drought we’ve been dealing with for the past decade or so.

As summer comes to a close we enjoy the green chili pepper harvest, and the pleasure of sleeping with the windows open.  But once September rolls around we’re also faced with the start of bird hunting season, and that reminds us that while many hunters take the summer off, they are right back in business after Labor Day.

Newspaper articles describe tragic hunting accidents, and we see photos in the sports section of hunters cheerfully holding handfuls of dead birds.  Birds who once flew free and happy on their way to feed their babies or to find a mate are shot from the sky by violent people who consider doing so relaxing and entertaining.

What can we do to stop it?

We table at outreach events, talking to the public about the devastating effect hunting has on wildlife and the natural world.  We talk to our elected officials at all levels of government: city council members are briefed on humane solutions to local wildlife conflicts and ways to preserve and protect urban wildlife; county commissioners are approached and are urged to stay strong in the face of hunting and ranching special interest groups who want nothing more than to destroy and exploit wildlife; state senators and representatives who have proven to be environmentally friendly are supported, while those in the pockets of big business and the NRA are told in no uncertain terms that their bills will be fought and defeated. While we may sometimes think that our federal senators and representatives are too remote, I’ve found that a letter and follow-up phone call is sometimes all that is needed to get a brief meeting with them to outline what it is you need them to do on behalf of wildlife.

These efforts matter as they impact wildlife and their habitat.  It’s important to be engaged politically by contacting our elected officials in Washington, D.C., but it is even more important to become politically active locally. Your opinions matter very much to your city council members since they depend upon your vote to keep their jobs.  You may find that on the local level party lines are blurred and headway can be made with anyone if they see you’re sincere and that you have the best interests of your district at heart.  Get active – it works.

Aside from the side-splitting “Pete’s Humor?” column and Uncle Joe’s love for answering C.A.S.H. e-mail and snail mail that sometimes borders on masochism, you’ll find articles on a wide variety of hunting-related topics.

As always, thank you for your support of wildlife and your support of C.A.S.H.  Together we’ll change things for the better.

Peace, Joe

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