Fw: FYI: New Animal-Killing Coalition!!!!
----- Original Message ----- From: L. French Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 9:23 PMSubject: NEWS: new animal-killing coalition
Expanded wildlife group has new name and mission
By MICHAEL LEVY
There was a lot to give thanks for this week, despite a Congress so
bedazzled by the shining excitement of another war that it ignored social
and conservation issues affecting outdoor sports folks.
Among the things I'm thankful for is the expansion of the Theodore
Conservation Alliance (TRCA), into the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation
Partnership (TRCP) - its mission is now set as: "Guaranteeing You a Place
Hunt and Fish!"
The TRCA was established three years ago to engage the millions of
unaffiliated sportsmen and sportswomen in some of the most important
wildlife habitat issues affecting the future of our nation's hunting and
fishing traditions. It was free, so it easily signed up more than 70,000
individual partners and 1,000 fishing and hunting clubs nationwide.
Now several of the nation's best-known hunter/angler/wildlife habitat
are joining this corps to expand the effort by forming a new,
partnership. To reflect this, the name has been changed slightly, from
"alliance" to "partnership." And, says Executive Director Fred Meyer, the
mission is simple:
To ensure that America's lands will always provide clean water, healthy
habitat, bountiful fish and wildlife populations, and opportunities to
fish and enjoy the outdoors.
In order to accomplish this progressive mission, the new TRCP will
coordinated agenda and build a service organization to address key areas
wildlife and conservation concerns shared by the nation's hunting and
Seventy-seven years ago the National Wildlife Federation was founded to bring disparate conservation voices together. It never accomplished that.
fact, after the tumultuous rise of such groups as Greenpeace - whose
publicity policies were siphoning off younger, more activist enviros, we
most old-line conservation groups try to reinvent themselves.
With the National Rifle Association on one side (not representing
and the increasingly strident anti-hunting, anti-fishing community on the
other, it really was time for someone to talk up sterling virtues of
and conservation promoted so vigorously by Teddy Roosevelt. The TRCA did
and does - appeal to that more or less silent segment of the outdoors
The new partnership aims to tap into the collective expertise from the
nation's leading conservation organizations in research, polling,
advocacy, media and communications, and legislative strategy. And the
executive director is no longer in Montana, but right near the Beltway in
Groups now affiliated with the TRCP include Trout Unlimited, Izaak Walton
League of America, Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society, The North American
Hunting and Fishing Clubs, Quail Unlimited, Back Country Horsemen of
America, Conservation Force, Wildlife Management Institute, Citizens
Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Federation of Fly Fishers,
International Hunter Education Association, Orion - the Hunters
Pope and Young Club and Whitetails Unlimited, as well as 1,100 local and
regional groups and clubs.
Normally any group that is "free" is suspect. TRCP is funded by grants
the Pew Charitable Trusts, Turner Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Brainerd
Foundation, Harder Foundation and Rockefeller Family Foundation, among
The bottom line? A more effective means to make America's 50 million
and anglers' collective voice heard. Individuals not affiliated with any
other group are welcome, too - as noted, for no cost. The TRCP will seek
elected officials and policy makers, as well as our nation's wildlife and
land managers at all levels of government.
They are putting most of their effort into the Lower 48 right now, and
not addressed the issues of the Tongass or the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge in Alaska.
There is an interim Web site at www.trca.org but right now it won't tell
as much as this column did. It does, however, let you sign up
electronically. You can also make a toll-free call to (877) 770-8722 for
"Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls."
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant
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