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    Posted: March/02/2006 at 13:04
SCI - First For Hunters
In the Crosshairs -- e-news from SCI 's Washington Office
The latest and hottest news on federal, state, and international
political and conservation events   
February 28, 2006
Donations Increase to Animal Rights Groups
Animal rights groups are getting more money. Citing IRS form 990 numbers for 2004, the most recent year the numbers are available, “Donations to animal rights groups increased 40 percent from 2003 to 2004.” The "Animal People" report lists funding for all animal protection groups including mainstream organizations that are not considered animal rights activists. Some examples:

- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) revenues equaled $74 million, up 3 percent.
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reported a 20 percent gain or $28.1 million in revenue.

The report says some of the more radical groups like Animal Liberation Front, Animal Defense League and Earth Liberation Front did not file 990s, but puts the combined budgets of animal rights organizations, which focus at least part of their activities against animal agriculture at more than $290 million in 2004, up from $207 million in 2003.  For more information, visit: Animal Agriculture Alliance website.  If you would like to give to SCI to help counter these anti-hunting extremists, visit the SCI website at www.safariclub.org. (Source: Brownfield)

BLM Seeking Input on Land/Energy Issues
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on how to best manage oil and gas development on split estate lands (where the surface estate is privately owned and the mineral estate below is owned by the Federal Government). The BLM is holding formal “listening sessions" to implement the split estate provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 --requiring the BLM to evaluate how it manages oil and gas development and environmental protection. Listening sessions will take place in late March in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. BLM will announce exact locations and times at a later date, so keep your eye on the website: www.blm.gov/bmp.  With increased energy production in the United States, it is important for sportsmen to be heard on issues such as production, access, habitat and wildlife management. (Source: BLM)

Protecting Polar Bears
“The Bush administration has agreed to study whether polar bears should be added to the nation's endangered species list because global warming is shrinking their habitat. They would be the first mammals to gain protected status as a result of climate change” For the full article, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02 /08/AR2006020802120.html or use Google.  (Source: Washington Post).
Hollywood and Hunting
For a great article on the culture of hunting in Hollywood, and what you may be able to do about it, visit:
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