The C.A.S.H. Courier Newsletter
Letter from the Pressident
Joe's Journal 5/30/13
Traveling is a pleasure for some, a chore for others, and a necessary
part of the job for many people. For me, hopping on a plane allows me to
talk about C.A.S.H. all over the country to pretty much anyone I run into.
As you can imagine, I'm a bit of an evangelist for wildlife protection and
when engaged in casual conversation with strangers I will find a way to
bring up the topic. I am certain the guy with the "Cabela's" camo cap
sitting next to me on my flight to the Burbank, CA airport didn't expect
what I had to say when he politely asked "So what is it that you do?"
"I work for wildlife protection," I said - wanting to draw him deeper
into the conversation than I could have had I replied with something like "I
fight against hunting day and night."
He smiled. "I volunteer at California Fish and Game," he said. "I assist
one of the biologists with harvest data."
"Harvest data? You mean the number of animals hunters killed?"
"Harvest," he tried to correct me. "It's an important part of wildlife
management. Without knowing the data that comes from the harvest, Fish and
Game would not be able to manage wildlife populations and the herd would
cause problems for themselves and people too."
I asked him if wounding rates were compiled in the "harvest" data that he
Elmer Fudd eyed me with a puzzled look. "Wounding rates? We don't keep
track of them, but it's not that important. Since the animal was not
harvested it would not have an effect on what the biologist needs to know."
"So you don't know how many animals are killed and not retrieved?
Shouldn't hunters need to report this?"
"No - we do not. There's really no need for them to report it since those
numbers would not be a part of the harvest data."
"Did you know that bow hunting has a wounding rate of over 50% and that
most of the animals suffer and die from infection?"
"So you're an anti." Elmer said. And with that, he turned to his
"You don't want to talk any more about what you do? I'm interested in
learning," I asked.
"No you're not - you'll probably put our conversation on a website to
fuel the other anti's."
It didn't go on the website, but it went into the Courier!
It's important to make it known where you stand on hunting and the
exploitation and destruction of wildlife. Simple conversations can change
minds and hearts, and while it is unlikely that Mr. Fudd will change, you
never know when you will engage someone in conversation who genuinely wants
to learn and even do something to help.
The spring and, so far, the summer has been a busy time for C.A.S.H.
We've tabled at Las Cruces Earth Day and we've brought our wildlife-friendly
program on Trap/Neuter/Return programs for feral cats to the small town of
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. We've taught people how to help reduce
the impact feral cats have on the local wildlife population and how "TNR"
helps the cats themselves. At the time of writing this article, we are
preparing for what will likely be our most popular tabling of the year at
Southern New Mexico Pride. At the end of June C.A.S.H. gave a presentation
on small game hunting and hunting contests at the Symposium for Animal
Liberation in Tempe, AZ. Joe Miele was a guest speaker.
Our office in New Paltz is just as busy as you can see below.
We know how you feel about wildlife because we feel just as you do. We're
busy, because of your support and your desire to help us continue the work
that needs to be done. When you support C.A.S.H. you support our
uncompromising and unyielding stand on wildlife and how nature should be
Please support our work with your generous contribution. Consider
becoming a sustainer by sending a monthly contribution. It is only because
of you and your support that we can continue our very unique work.
For wildlife everywhere,
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