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Sportsmen Must Defend Against Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board Changes

From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

-- Legislation that will guarantee two seats for a known anti-hunting organization on the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board has been introduced by Senator Tom Buford, R- Nicholasville.

Sportsmen's grassroots action is imperative if this bill is to be stopped.

On Feb. 29, Senate Bill 206 was introduced by Senator Buford. If passed, the bill will allow noted anti-hunting group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to control two seats on the Board. HSUS will submit a list of three Kentucky residents of its choosing and two of those candidates will be selected to the Board.

The Animal Control Advisory Board is part of the Department of Agriculture and was created for evaluating applications for and reviewing disbursements from the animal control and care fund, creating training programs and other duties relating to animal control in Kentucky.

"Sportsmen should be outraged and must take action to prevent SB 206 from allowing HSUS to influence the Board with its animal rights views," said Rob Sexton, vice president of government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA).

A bill such as this will allow the anti-hunting movement to gain yet another foothold while setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.

Take Action! Kentucky sportsmen must contact their Legislators today. Urge them to oppose SB 206, which guarantees Board membership to two people hand picked by the Humane Society of the United States.

To find your Kentucky legislators, call (800) 372-7181 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen's organizations that protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. 

For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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