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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 03:59 PM

Houston Safari Club forms PAC to fight trophy hunting restrictions

Jeremy Wallace Sep. 4, 2019 Updated: Sep. 4, 2019 9:09 p.m.

Houston was once the nation’s top destination for African lions killed by U.S. trophy hunters, but public backlash and new federal restrictions have all but ended the sport, according to a group of big game hunters that has launched a campaign to bring it back.

Since 2015 when a dentist from Minnesota killed Cecil, a famed lion in Zimbabwe, the U.S. government has made sport hunting of lions and elephants so difficult as to discourage most hunters from even trying to navigate all of the paperwork, said wildlife attorney and hunting advocate John Jackson III.

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While animal rights groups might see that as a victory, Jackson said they are losing sight of millions of dollars that hunters — and Texans in particular — have poured into African nations to support animal conservation. Over 10 years, almost $1.1 million went from just the Dallas Safari Club to lion conservation projects around the world. The Houston Safari Club — which has about 1,200 members — has reported donating more than $3.7 million for animal conservation work worldwide.

In May the Houston Safari Club launched a federal political action committee to raise money that could be used to influence political campaigns. And the club has increased its political commentary on its website, declaring it is “ramping up its legislative and policy efforts” and vowing to “grow our voice.”

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:12 PM

1. When I was a kid my dad belonged to a conservation club. They went hunting birds and rabbits.

I asked him what are you conserving by killing birds and rabbits. He said they conserve wildlife and the areas where they go hunting. I told him I thought that did not make sense.

Because I would not go hunting with him he made me clean the game he killed.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:03 PM

5. Hunters

have many ways of rationalizing recreational killing.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:04 PM

6. Rabbits can overbreed and cause habitat destruction.

Since we have killed off most if the major predators it makes perfect sense to cull them.

Same exact reason for culling deer herds.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 06:55 PM

8. I think that is bull shit. Man cannot improve on nature

he can only destroy it.

There are not enough hunters in the world to kill all the rabbits you mention.

I lived on 20 acres in the mountains where there were no hunters and no rabbit problem.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 07:52 PM

10. The mountains where there are plenty of predators.

Like coyotes and birds of prey.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:17 PM

2. They can't make donations unless they get to kill trophy animals?

Grow the fuck up, you assholes.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:29 PM

3. We must kill the animals to save them!!!!

What utter nonsense.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:50 PM

4. These safari geeks can spew all they want. They're running out of time.

The fact is, trophy hunting is rapidly, and thankfully, becoming a thing of the past. Consider that photo of Donald Trump Jr. with an elephant's tail in his bloody hand, or the photo of the trump boys, seemingly embracing that beautiful, dead leopard. That's the scumbag level to which trophy hunting has sunk. There are lots of better ways to work for wildlife conservation programs.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 06:30 PM

7. Trophy hunting WILL be wiped out.

It’s just a matter of time. People are waking up to these practices of murder and waste, not at all similar to hunters who are looking for food from plentiful species. The trophy hunters have been trying to hide among them for years, and now even the food hunters are rejecting them wholesale.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 07:45 PM

9. If these twats think they want to 'trophy' hunt they way their ancestors did..

They can go hunt lions with a fire hardened Sharp Stick, and see how they fare.

I dont have a problem at all with THAT version of thinning the herd...go team lion!...

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