Remember that bill Wayne Pacelle was complaining NRA was opposing? Well, it stalled in the house and is headed back to committee. I think that’s a good outcome, because there are things in the bill that I don’t think we ought to have any trouble with, but some things really need to change. I’m rather mystified that the following groups are joining forces with HSUS on this:
The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs was joined in support of the bill by the Quality Deer Management Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Ruffed Grouse, Pennsylvania Forest Coalition, Pennsylvania Crossbow Association and the Pennsylvania Deer Association.
Support also came from P.E.T.A. and the Humane Society, both anti-hunting groups.
Considerable fuss was made when the National Rifle Association questioned the bill, even though the NRA supported the concept. It became almost a frenzy as people and groups joined in condemning the N.R.A. over their mere concern.
There’s just no way that poaching should be in the same league as robbing a bank. Sorry, no. It’s a misdemeanor at most. The District Attorney’s association and the gun rights groups in this state were right to raise concerns. If Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, which I am a member of, is going to keep joining forces with Wayne Pacelle and PETA, I will not renew my membership with them and will cease supporting the organization. I fear they are already suffering for Melody Zullinger’s absence.