CA Wildlife Commission Pres. Dan Richards Keeps His Position
Good news to report in the ongoing kerfuffle over anti-hunting efforts to oust the president of the California Game and...
Good news to report in the ongoing kerfuffle over anti-hunting efforts to oust the president of the California Game and Fish Commission: It ‘aint gonna happen, thanks to a massive show of support from concerned sportsmen.
From this press release at keepamericafishing.org:
Thanks to overwhelming response from anglers and hunters, the state legislature backed off a resolution to remove Dan Richards from the commission. Your Voice Was Heard! The California state legislature is no longer considering a resolution to remove California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards from the commission.
For the past two weeks, California’s sportsmen and women have let their voices be heard speaking out in support of Richards. An avid angler and hunter, Richards had been unfairly attacked by extreme environmental and animal rights organizations for taking part in a legal hunt in Idaho.
Angler response was overwhelming! Thousands of California sportsmen and women sent messages through KeepAmericaFishing™ to the state legislature and the commission in support of Richards. Many anglers also attended the March 7, commission meeting to provide comment and show support for Richards. Commissioner Richards recently contacted KeepAmericaFishing to express his gratitude to the thousands of KeepAmericaFishing advocates for their support. Why is Retaining Commissioner Richards So Important?
The organizations leading the charge against Richards have a much broader agenda. As a commissioner, Richards has consistently voted on the side of sound science and proven fish and wildlife management. Richards has been a voice of reason throughout the flawed Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) initiative, a controversial program that threatens sportfishing in California, and the businesses and 20,000 jobs that depend on it, by unnecessarily closing large areas of the ocean to recreational fishing.
If they had been successful in their efforts to remove Richards from the commission, these anti-fishing groups would have been one step closer to shutting anglers out of more of California’s best fishing spots. KeepAmericaFishing does not believe the attacks are over and expects that the next tactic will be an attempt to unseat Richards as President of the commission. Please be ready to voice your support for keeping angler friendly members on the commission.
Give yourselves a bow, Golden State hunters and anglers. But watch your backs as you’re doing it, because it sounds like the fight isn’t over yet.