Dynamics of Wildlife Conservation between Oppositions & Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Safari Club International while running for Congress, spoke at the hunting advocacy group’s 2016 veterans breakfast, had a notable photo-op with its director of litigation on his first day as head of the Interior Department, and dined with its vice president in Alaska in 2017.  –  Debbie

(Photo:  Reuters from NY Post.com)

SOURCE:  PPJ Gazette

by Sam Jojola

Safari Club International (SCI) the NRA and other alliances

These are very strong alliances that have had considerable historical and present influence over Congress regarding their unified agendas.  Other lesser known organizations that support hunting and trophy hunting with SCI and the NRA are the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wild Sheep Foundation.

These groups are completely unified in their focus and cause.  Other opposition animal and wildlife conservation organizations could be more formidable and much more influential if they worked more closely together as a coalition if they followed the template that works for SCI, the NRA and other related entities.

It is an example of the “United we stand, divided we fall” philosophy that makes them so successful in their endeavors whether you support or don’t support these agendas.

Conservation NGOs should focus on coalition concept on key wildlife issues

It is often mentioned in articles over the years that SCI and the NRA are a very small special interest group and how can they be so successful in pushing through their unified agenda in support of trophy hunting across the globe.  It appears they often advance ahead of those conservation groups that collectively have greater numbers.

Opposing conservation organizations could really learn from that concept to pursue long term protections for animals and wildlife across the globe. Some are working together on certain wildlife issues, but more need to unify collectively to make a difference if imperiled wildlife resources are going to have future protection, particularly in the legal arena.  Read More

6 comments on “Dynamics of Wildlife Conservation between Oppositions & Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

  1. I agree with Sam – the REAL environmental & conservation organizations and advocates sure need to learn from these groups that are attempting to wipe out our wildlife & their habitat! Sticking together is something that WE as wild horse advocates, need to learn also. If I listened to the back-biting of various advocate groups and was a recent advocate – who would I trust? Not being all that recent of an advocate – I do know who I trust – one place is this blog right here!
    A couple weeks ago, I read an article on another blog that I had always trusted & was told there that several of the groups that I feel are working FOR the horses & burros were NOT! Since then, I’ve been mulling it over in my mind, but didn’t bring it up here. It really bothered me. I would guess there are others here who probably saw this.
    We – all of us – cannot keep doing this – I know most of you have been at this much longer than I have but if we don’t pull it together & stop fighting amongst ourselves – THE WILD HORSES WILL BE GONE! Is being “right” worth that?

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  2. The Calico Roundup was one of the deadliest and most brutal roundups in BLM’s history.

    SAFARI CLUB

    Calico: Past, Present & Future V
    May 2010

    First, Judge Friedman issued the opinion that though he refused to stop the round up back in December, because he didn’t, any prayer for relief was now moot because the round up had already taken place.
    While it is generally accepted that the almost 100 now dead horses, 40 or more aborted and/or miscarried foals and dozens of injuries sustained by the Calico herds who DID suffer irreparable harm and injury had no legal voice in the matter, turns out, neither does any of the American citizens whom are shoved aside with the only rights still guaranteed is merely to act as witnesses to the decimation of our American herds – well, that and of course, to fund it.

    The ruling also reminded us that Judge Friedman found the SAFARI CLUB and Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to have sufficient standing to sign on as defendants in the Calico case due to their “vested interests”.
    http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2010/05/calico-past-present-future-v.html

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  3. Of the 1,922 Calico horses reported as captured by the BLM between December 28, 2009 and February 4, 2010, 86 horses have died to date. Dozens more sustained injuries as a direct result of the helicopter stampede, transport to short-term holding, or confinement in “feedlot”-type holding pens.
    An additional 40 heavily pregnant mares spontaneously aborted
    AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN

    Many questions have been raised by this clandestine operation that will cost the U.S. tax payers close to $2,000,000.00
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2010/01/01/terror-in-nevada-a-blm-wild-horse-roundup-goes-tragically-wrong/

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  4. I-Team: BP Connected to Wild Horse Roundups?
    Part II of George Knapp’s Investigative report into what the BLM is REALLY doing!

    LAS VEGAS — The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has put a laser focus on BP and their operations all over the planet. Turns out, the oil giant has left a trail of toxic waste in Nevada. But is there also a BP link to wild horse roundups?

    The BLM’s Calico Hills roundup last winter proved to be the bloodiest mustang operation in memory. The government captured 1,800 wild horses from half a million rugged and remote acres in northern Nevada. More than 100 horses died, some at the roundup site, most at the holding facility. In addition, dozens of pregnant mares aborted their young.

    The fact of the matter is, there appears to be a connection between the Ruby Pipeline and the removal of the Calico wild horses,” said filmmaker and naturalist Ginger Kathrens.
    Kathrens was perplexed why BLM would proceed with a roundup, against the advice of a federal judge, in the dead of winter, and when the BLM’s own reports indicated there was little or no justification for the operation on the range itself. The horses and the land were in good shape.
    She and others started focusing on plans for the Ruby Pipeline, a gigantic project to transport natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon while slicing through five separate herd areas. The 42 inch pipe would require a six foot trench nearly 700 miles long and a parallel, all-weather access road through land that has no roads.
    The implications for horses and wildlife were obvious. The pipeline company, El Paso Corporation, left some hints in the paperwork it filed.
    “In the documents they supplied to FERC, it talks about the removal of wild horses in the course of conducting their project. So why in the world would we not be suspicious,” said Kathrens.
    In April, suspicions peaked when the project coordinator for the pipeline told a reporter that “All hell would break loose” once the plan was approved, and that the pristine land along the route would “look like Hiroshima.” Would that be a reason to thin out the horse herds? The BLM and El Paso both vigorously deny the Calico roundup was related in any way to the pipeline, but it is clear from documents that the mustangs were discussed by both at several points in the permitting process.

    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2010/07/08/i-team-bp-connected-to-wild-horse-roundups/

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  5. Of the 1,922 Calico horses reported as captured by the BLM between December 28, 2009 and February 4, 2010, 86 horses have died to date. Dozens more sustained injuries as a direct result of the helicopter stampede, transport to short-term holding, or confinement in “feedlot”-type holding pens.
    An additional 40 heavily pregnant mares spontaneously aborted
    American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

    Many questions have been raised by this clandestine operation that will cost the U.S. tax payers close to $2,000,000.00
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2010/01/01/terror-in-nevada-a-blm-wild-horse-roundup-goes-tragically-wrong/

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  6. The Safari Club

    The Safari Club, one of many hunters for animal-trophy’s clubs, has a distasteful history at best, especially when dealing with wildlife and Extinct Species. In 1978, for example, the Safari Club International applied to have 1,120 endangered animals shipped to the United States — putting them in pins and shooting them for trophy’s to hang on their walls. When the general Public found out about this situation, the outcry tremendous, and the application pulled.
    The Safari Club done the same thing in 1982, kept it quiet, and were successful in acquiring importation of Leopard trophies — yes, pinned and shot from a safe distance, the head stuffed and hung on their walls. The particular species of Leopard they imported is now Extinct, none exist on the face of this planet any longer what so ever. It is gone forever!
    Today they want to do similar activity! Other legislation that is critical to sportsmen includes: H.R. 1818 (Young-AK) and S. 847 (Crapo-ID) allowing the importation of a small number of already harvested polar bears; H.R. 1819 (Young-AK) reinstating sustainable use importation of polar bears by U.S. citizens; and H.R. 322 (Miller-FL) protecting traditional hunting and
    fishing equipment and other policy issues important to all hunters.” Traditional activity must be questioned here, as their traditional activity has led to many wildlife Extinctions, as outlined on the Extinct Species Lists — Once again, history is quite clear about this.
    Jim Hastings described these hunts the best. “They take a hunter, normally a pot-bellied slob with a high-powered hunting rifle and scope, roll him in the dirt a little bit, then point him toward the hay or grain pile at the other side of the pin. They had fed the trophy animal from this pile the past few days, so it will wander over to feed. The hunter in the dirt not more than 40 yards or 50 yards away. He then scopes the animal, then shoots it. The animal is then sent to be stuffed, and the hunter receives the head, or whole animal at home, stuffed, within two or three weeks.” This is not hunting!!!!!
    https://prophoto7journal.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/hunting-is-not-what-it-was-in-the-past-hunters-are-not-conservationists/#comments

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