National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. Will You Participate?

September 22nd marks the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, which has been celebrated since 1972.

 

Saturday marks the return of the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, which encourages sportsmen and women to promote true conservation efforts. It also serves as a perfect occasion to introduce someone new to hunting, fishing, and/or shooting sports.

 

It takes place every fourth Saturday in September, conveniently coinciding with the start of fall hunting season. This year, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will serve as Honor Chair of the event.

 

Sponsors of this year’s event include Bass Pro Shops, Realtree Outdoors, National Wild Turkey Federation, Yamaha, Ducks Unlimited, Wonders of Wildlife Museum, and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

 

This isn’t a new holiday. The idea was introduced to both chambers of Congress back in the 1970’s. At the insistence of the NSSF, Senator Thomas McIntyre (D-NH) introduced Joint Resolution 117 in June 1971 to authorize the annual holiday on the fourth Saturday of every September. Congressman Bob Sikes (D-FL) introduced a companion House version afterwards.

 

Congress unanimously passed these key pieces of legislation in early 1972. NHFDay.org’s website says President Richard Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day on May 2, 1972. The full proclamation reads as follows:

 

For many years, responsible hunters and fishermen have been in the vanguard of efforts to halt the destruction of our land and waters and protect the natural habitat so vital to our wildlife.

 

Through a deep personal interest in our wildlife resources, the American hunter and fisherman have paved the way for the growth of modern wildlife management programs. In addition, his purchase of licenses and permits, his payment of excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, and his voluntary contributions to a great variety of conservation projects are examples of his concern for wildlife populations and habitat preservation.

 

His devotion has promoted recreational outlets of tremendous value for our citizens, sportsmen and non-sportsmen alike. Indeed, he has always been in the forefront of today’s environmental movement with his insistence on sound conservation programs.

 

In recognition of the many and worthwhile contributions of the American hunter and angler, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 117, has requested the President to declare the fourth Saturday of September 1972 as National Hunting and Fishing Day.

 

Now, Therefore, I, Richard Nixon, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Saturday, September 23, 1972, as National Hunting and Fishing Day.

 

I urge all our citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.

 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred ninety-sixth.

 

I’ll be doing my part to promote conservation this weekend with my participation in an outdoor kids camp down in Virginia Beach, VA to benefit kids of active military members. Will you introduce someone new to fishing, hunting, or shooting sports this weekend?

 

PETA’s Latest Bizarre Crusade: Uncaging Animals on Animal Cracker Boxes

If PETA’s priorities weren’t already misplaced, this latest campaign is surely the tipping point.

 

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – or are they? – is celebrating a new milestone: getting animals portrayed on animal cracker boxes uncaged. Yes, you read that right.

 

PETA pressured Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, to redesign the packaging of its iconic Barnum’s Animals crackers because circuses are allegedly bad actors in animal welfare. (The animal cracker brand has been a household name since 1902.) PETA’s primary goal is to have circuses be animal-free or shut down altogether. In fact, the likes of PETA and other extremists contributed to the downfall of Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey, which shut down in 2017 after 146 years of operation.

 

The group began this redesign campaign as recent as 2016. In a letter to Nabisco executive that was obtained by the New York Post, it reads this:

> “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats,” PETA said in its letter to Mondelez, according to the New York Post.

This is not the only time Barnum’s Animal Crackers has redesigned their packaging. Per the AP:

 

Nabisco has been making Barnum’s Animals crackers since 1902. It has redesigned its boxes before, but only for limited-time special editions. In 1995, it offered an endangered species collection that raised money for the World Wildlife Fund. In 1997, it offered a zoo collection that raised money for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. And in 2010, it worked with designer Lilly Pulitzer on a pastel-colored box that raised money for tiger conservation.

 

The radical group has a long history of advocating for animal rights, even at the expense of animal welfare and common sense. Nearly 96% of animals in PETA’s care have been euthanized or killed. (Huffington Post affirmed this too.)

If you’re concerned about the welfare of fictitious animal crackers, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities and not speak for the cause of conservation.

Justice: Rabid FL Vegan Who Harassed Anglers in Viral Video Charged For Attack

Animal rights activists who terrorized anglers in Florida last year charged with animal cruelty for throwing fish back.

A viral video from last July showed rabid animal activists harassing law-abiding anglers in Cresent Lake Park in St. Petersburg. FL. The ringleader of this disgusting act of harassment Michael Leaming has been charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge under Florida’s statute of limitations (Florida Statute 379.105(1)(A)) for harassing these anglers. This motion was filed on June 14, 2018. He illegally took a tilapia fish from an angler and threw it back into the water on July 12 of last year. Per court documents spotted by Chasing Tales Outdoors, here’s what the activist will be charged with by the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Florida: Interference with taking of fish, game, or non-game animal.

These charges for second-degree misdemeanor incur a fine of $500 and up to 60 days in law. Here’s more about Florida Statute 379.105(1)(A):

379.105 Harassment of hunters, trappers, or fishers.—(1) A person may not intentionally, within a publicly or privately owned wildlife management or fish management area or on any state-owned water body:(a) Interfere with or attempt to prevent the lawful taking of fish, game, or nongame animals by another.

(b) Attempt to disturb fish, game, or nongame animals or attempt to affect their behavior with the intent to prevent their lawful taking by another.

(2) Any person who violates this section commits a Level Two violation under s. 379.401.History.—s. 2, ch. 90-170; s. 27, ch. 2006-304; s. 9, ch. 2008-247.

Note.—Former s. 372.705.

Prior to harassing fishermen in Pinellas County, FL, these activists terrorized restaurant-goers at a local Chick-fil-A.

Here’s another video of the activists being confronted by the police:

As a result of the charges placed against him, there’s a petition out there encouraging Florida to drop the charges against him. How laughable. This jerk deserves this degree of punishment.

This harassment of sportsmen by rabid animal rights activists is nothing new. Both hunters and anglers face relentless attacks from these people who lack any understanding of conservation and natural resources. This extremism needs to be combatted. Justice was served by the State of Florida in this case.

Hunters Epically Troll PETA’s “Shoot Selfies, Not Animals” Facebook Filter With Wild Game Pictures




Hunting season is just around the corner. Of course, the activists comprising the alleged People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are trying to ruin momentum for the upcoming season with their latest efforts to promote their “Shoot Selfies, Not Animals” campaign. However, their attempts to share their message hasn’t gone unnoticed from hunters and sportsmen. In fact, the response from hunters across social media have been oh so delicious.

Here’s where the campaign can be found on Facebook. I took a snapshot of what it looks like when you try to apply any filter:



And clearly this campaign by PETA has, point blank, backfired. Here’s how some hunters have responded to the social media campaign:

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I mean, what's wrong with ruffling a few feathers? 🦆(Me punny? Always. 😏) On a more serious note, I've watched countless hunters receive death threats by vegan extremists. I've been called every derogatory name for a female that you can imagine for being a hunter. I've had death threats to my dog, future children, self, and family members all because I hunt legally and ethically. On the contrary, I've had normal conversations with vegans. At the end of the day, we still didn't agree; however, we had a decent, healthy conversation about our beliefs. I believe everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. However, cyber-bullying and death threats are disgusting. #peta #shootselfiesnotanimals #shootselfiesandanimals #drakewaterfowl #alwaysinseason

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Hunting is very much part of the American fabric and will continue to remain as such. Contrary to PETA’s messaging, hunters and anglers are more conservation-minded than they are and don’t kill most of the shelter pets they take in as this activist group does.

Hunting season is just around the corner. Happy trails, everyone!

 

Correction: The title of the article has been amended to epically*, not epicly. 

Is a Monkey Going To Federal Court?

Federal courtrooms are commonly accused of monkey business, particularly where the Ninth Circuit is concerned. That was certainly the case this week when a three-judge panel heard the case of an Indonesian macaque named Naruto.

The simian, aided by human attorneys from PETA, was attempting to sue photographer David Slater for copyright infringement. It seems that the humanoid fur-baby allegedly grabbed Slater’s camera on a trip to Indonesia in 2011 and took a hundreds of pictures including several striking selfies.

Without bothering to ask Naruto’s permission, Slater published the picture in a book after retrieving his camera. The monkey poo hit the fan when the pictures were posted to Wikimedia in a move that Slater said violates the copyright on his work and is costing him a fortune in royalties.

Slater says that he did most of the work, setting up the camera equipment and framing the shots. “You could look at it like this: The monkey was my assistant,” Slater told the BBC. “And therefore I was the artist behind the image and I had my assistant press the button. This needs to be tested in a court of law.”

The US Copyright Office saw things differently. In 2014, the agency clarified its guidelines on the issue, saying that works created by nonhumans are not subject to copyright. “Photograph taken by a monkey” is specifically listed as an example. Nevertheless, Slater continues to claim the copyright and has considered suing Wikimedia.

David Schwarz, a PETA lawyer, argued that Slater’s actions constituted copyright infringement and filed suit on behalf of Naruto in 2015 per the LA Times.  Exhibiting an obvious case of human privilege, judges seemed skeptical of the PETA argument that Naruto had suffered an injury due to Slater’s shameless appropriation of the monkey’s artistic efforts. At one point, Judge Carlos Bea suggested that the case should be dismissed and, in a throwback to the Scopes Trial, asked Schwarz to cite any Supreme Court precedent that held that “man and monkey are the same.”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to uphold the earlier decision in favor of Slater and against PETA. “It is absurd to say a monkey can sue for copyright infringement,” said Angela Dunning, Slater’s attorney. “Naruto can’t benefit financially from his work. He is a monkey.” PETA is “not even sure they have the right monkey,” she added.

A British newspaper argued, “Hey, hey, it’s the monkey’s,” but Slater may have the last laugh. Another of his attorneys, Andrew Dhuey, said that PETA should be forced to pay legal fees for the nearly broke photographer.

“Monkey see, monkey sue will not do in federal court,” Dhuey argued.

PETA is Hooked on Killing the Fishing Industry

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently posted a laughable video calling for an end to fishing.

In the video entitled “Fish Feel Pain,” PETA suggests fishing is bad for the environment, encourages kids to terrorize animals, and harms health. Good lord!

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the claims PETA makes with respect to fishing. But then again, PETA is for preservation–not conservation–at the expense of humans and animals. PETA has gotten into hot water for euthanizing animals, as was the case in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2014. Here’s more from Huffington Post:

The group euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats, dogs and other animals, the vast majority of which were “owner surrenders,” meaning that they’d been relinquished to the group voluntarily. Just 23 dogs and 16 cats were adopted.

These figures aren’t shocking to PETA’s long-time critics — who have for years pointed out the discrepancy between how this prominent animal rights group is perceived, and what they actually do — but they are leading to a renewed call from no-kill advocates to put the shelter out of business.

Much to the chagrin of PETA, the fishing industry–whether commercial or recreational–promotes a culture of true sustainability, family fun, and economic productivity.

Fishing promotes conservation

Contrary to PETA’s claims, fishing actually does promote conservation. The methods employed by anglers are deeply rooted in conservation because we want to enjoy fish for years to come. If we resort to overfishing, then the industry would tank and the environment would suffer as a result. Anglers like and encourage clean waterways, ethical methods, and safety at all times–with minimal government interference, of course. It’s our job to be good stewards of the environment–unlike those annoying radical environmentalists who lead hypocritical lives. With respect to hooks harming fish, let me pitch Circle hooks–a type of hook used whenever anglers fish with live bait. The tip, or point, of the hook is curved inward–hence its circle shape. Why? They lower the likelihood of fish swallowing them. Talk about a win-win situation for anglers and fish!

Instead of accepting PETA’s propaganda, learn from those who partake in the industry such as commercial fishermen, marine biologists, and professional anglers. They can attest to fishing’s positive impact on the environment.

Fishing has many benefits

PETA bemoaned how evil and cruel fishing is but are in denial of its many benefits. According to TakeMeFishing, fishing relieves stress, improves relationships, increases knowledge of nature/the outdoors, improves conservation, and boosts self-confidence. (Imagine that?) Our predecessors survived by means of hunting and gathering–why wasn’t there outrage then? This should make you question PETA’s intentions if you haven’t already.

Fish are friends AND food 

Fishing is not only a source of fun, it can be a source of food–depending upon species and size limits. Whether or not one chooses to consume fish–certain species aren’t recommended for consumption, but many can be eaten–it’s important to recognize the value of fish in terms of bolstering the economy and protecting the environment. Both recreational fishing and commercial fishing help bolster the economy. According to a May 2016 NOAA report, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing alone pumped $214 billion back into the economy and supported 1.39 million jobs. Fishing encourages fun and helps put food on the table. Why can’t we celebrate this?

Fishing teaches valuable lessons

PETA alleges fishing will inspire kids to become violent when in fact, fishing instills personal responsibility and respect for the environment. On a PETA blog post, animal-welfare reporter and domestic violence counselor Deborah Kay Steinken said, “Children who witness cruelty to animals experience psychological and emotional damage that compromises their empathy development because they become desensitized to feelings of kindness, hurt, pain, and suffering in themselves and other living beings.”

Fishing compels kids to become abusers and murderers? Fishing inspires cruelty to animals? If fish are caught and kept for consumption, they sadly die. That’s an unfortunate part of life. But anglers want to see all species of fish–with the exception of invasive species like the snakehead–continue to thrive in waters. Not all fish are meant for consumption, but some are. Fishing teaches one to appreciate fish and their value in the environment.

PETA has a right to dislike fishing, but we have a right to mock them for being unrealistic and crazy. Anglers, like hunters, are leading the charge for true conservation–conservation that helps both humans and animals. Let’s aspire to promote pro-human, pro-business, pro-life environmentalism!