This letter is in response to all those who hold an anti-hunting stance so staunch that they would attack any bill or law which gives animals even limited protection.
There are not grounds enough for any arguments which deny all animals current legislation to be put in place for their protection. Amendments can be made to law at later dates when society has reached a level more evolved for said changes. That is the beauty of the constitution.
Does this say that we stop trying to educate people in regard to the negativity of hunting or stop teaching compassion? Of course not, but to deny all animals protection within a framework where hunting is legal is absolutely ludicrous. Everyone really needs to start understanding United States constitutional law better and making choices that are based on defending life when it can be defended. Beside this point, bills like H.R. 5337 are worded particularly well. They give animals much more protection than the initial law that was dismantled. Some even have broad clauses which make depictions of ALL extreme animal cruelty illegal. What more are you asking for?
Bills like this are the proverbial apple pie with whipped cream and two cherries on top for animal activists in America and you would deny giving it support? The only way a bill like this has a snowball’s chance in hell of even garnering any real consideration would be if every ARA in the world got behind it. Activists in other countries would have to be walking in the streets in anti-US animal cruelty demonstration in order to put enough pressure on the Senate.
The NRA, as well as the ACLU would also be all over legislation like this. Believe me, they will not lighten their stance when comes to monies made through the hunting industry nor anything that might be seen as an attack on first amendment rights in their eyes. You aren’t looking at the big picture if you can not see that animals need protection to fit society at the time. All you are seeing is one particular cause and you will not generate the form of legislation you are seeking at this point in history. It simply will not happen.
So you will sacrifice the lives of millions of animals because of an “all or nothing” attitude. I am sorry, but out of a simple base morality, I can not stand with you on your stance. This is why I will not be labeled as only an anti-hunter. I abhor the practice and love all animals but there it stands. I love ALL animals, life and the Earth. I am informed enough to know that law against hunting can be addressed and amended at another time when enough support can be gained for it.
I, myself will support legislation that protects animals now, then worry about altering said legislation later. Anyone who can not understand this stance and wishes to judge me, they can do so.
Bill H.R. 5337