Kaine Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

http://www.kaine.senate.gov/press-releases/kaine-co-sponsors-bipartisan-sportsmens-act

Monday, June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Lisa Murkowski in supporting the Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that contains 12 bills to ensure sportsmen’s traditions are protected, provide sportsmen more access to federal lands, and support conservation efforts.

“The bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act conserves public land while promoting outdoor recreation activities that support jobs across the Commonwealth,” Kaine said. “By increasing opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, this bill will allow sportsmen to enjoy public lands and contribute to local economies in Virginia and across the nation. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation.”

The Sportsmen’s Act will enact a variety of measures to facilitate the use of and access to federal public lands and waters for hunting, fishing, and shooting. Provisions in the bill will also help increase revenue for wildlife conservation, hunter education and shooting programs.

A full list of provisions included in the bill is available HERE.

In Virginia, access to lands and water for hunting and fishing has a significant impact on the local economy. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $13.6 billion annually in consumer spending in Virginia, supports 138,000 jobs across the state, which generate $3.9 billion in wages and salaries, and produces $923 million annually in state and local tax revenue. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, each year 3.3 million people participate in hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching in Virginia, contributing $2.4 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy.

As Governor, Kaine helped preserve more than 400,000 acres of open space for recreation and conservation in Virginia during his four-year term.

12 thoughts on “Kaine Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

  1. Sports hunting traditions (recreational killing of wildlife) is not conservation. It results in farming wildlife for killing and scapegoating predators for hunters’ failures, and killing predators, all a distortion of balanced wildlife ecology. Sportsmen traditions are Barbour relic of human animal geocide. It is not healthy or wholesome.

  2. People will say I’m throwing my vote away, but I’m going with Clifton Roberts. I can’t in good conscience agree to either major party candidate. They’ll make promise they won’t keep, as usual, or do what would better be left undone. Choosing the lesser evil is still evil.

    So Kaine is typical. Supporting guns and hunting, he disapproves of abortion and has done missionary work and goes to church every week. While being mindful of human oppression and furthering human interests, he has no compunction about killing animals for fun and profit.

  3. Wildlife recreational killing (aka hunting) is an industry and a tradition that has some benefits in regulating the hunting and preserving sporting targets, but it is a barbarous tradition that on the whole is not good for balanced wildlife ecology. It results in a distortion of wildlife ecology by farming sporting targets and marginalization of natural predators. Hunters often scapegoat predators in league with their bedfellows, the state wildlife agencies, who sell hunting and fishing licenses. Hunters only represent about 6% of the population. They mistakenly believe that they pay for wildlife conservation so are entitled to recreationally kill it. Actually, the general population pays for wildlife habitat and wildlife preservation, about 94%. Hunting is not good for wildlife, not good for wildlife ecology, not a wholesome activity. It is a barbaric tradition. Wildlife agencies should be reconstituted to protect wildlife ecology, habitat, the interest of the general public, and wilderness and wildlife enjoyment other than recreational killing.

  4. Wildlife recreational killing (aka hunting) is not healthy for the wild or man, and we are long past subsistence hunting, which the wild can no longer bear with so many humans (we are no longer small bands of hunters and gatherers). The wildlife agencies, who essentially work for hunters, trappers, fishermen, ranchers, should be revamped or fired, and agencies developed that focus on wildlife protection, balanced ecology, habitat acquisition, wildlife corridors, coexistence, conservation. Hunting leads to game farming in the wilderness and predator scapegoating and marginalization or extirpation. Hunting and trapping are inherently cruel and barbaric, time we evolved past them. Before hunters and trappers were somewhat regulated by hunting seasons and quotas and districts, they were wiping wildlife in America. Often now, the wildlife agencies are under pressure to continue hunting in an area, or a species, that should have some reprieve; or they scapegoat the predators rather than take responsibility for over hunting or over trapping or weighing other factors such as global warming, disease, forage, weather, human encroachment and all those factors impact on hunting and trapping. If we are to continue such barbarisms, they should always be for only an abundance of game with the first priorities going to natural (predators) having priority, balanced ecology, the health of the game in relation to the wildlife ecology. Wildlife agencies should not be “managing” wildlife for hunters and trappers. But it would be better to just end hunting and trapping in the national forests, refuges, parks and outside parks, wilderness, and public land in general. Before it is too late, the focus should be on rewilding of America in available areas and wildlife corridors connecting them. Hunting and trapping have had their day and represent a small minority. It is time for conservation and coexistence with wildlife.

    Wildlife recreational killing (aka hunting) is an industry and a tradition that has some benefits in regulating the hunting and preserving sporting targets, acquiring and preserving habitat, but it is a barbarous tradition that on the whole is not good for balanced wildlife ecology. It results in a distortion of wildlife ecology by farming sporting targets and marginalization of natural predators. Hunters often scapegoat predators in league with their bedfellows, the state wildlife agencies, who sell hunting and fishing licenses. Hunters only represent about 6% of the population. They mistakenly believe that they pay for wildlife conservation so are entitled to recreationally kill it. Actually, the general population pays for wildlife habitat and wildlife preservation, about 94%. Hunting is not good for wildlife, not good for wildlife ecology, not a wholesome activity. It is a barbaric tradition. Wildlife agencies should be reconstituted to protect wildlife ecology, habitat, the interest of the general public, and wilderness and wildlife enjoyment other than recreational killing.

    References:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/anti-wildlife-pro-hunting-act-reaches-u-s-senate-you-can-help-stop-it

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/is-hunting-really-a-conservation-tool/

    http://isthmus.com/news/news/wolf-hunting-study/#sthash.B9LfrolM.dpuf

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/…/wolf-advocates-…/

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  5. Hillary’s VP running mate, Tim Kaine, co-sponsored the wicked, anti-wildlife “Bipartisan Sportsmen Act!” What are wildlife & wild lands defender organizations, large and small, doing RIGHT NOW to dissuade Hillary & Kaine from following in Obama’s bloody, wildlife killing footsteps?! Is our side so weak and powerless that we can only wait and watch Hillary appoint ranchers and sport killers to federal agencies in charge of OUR native wildlife and wild lands? And then whine about it? We who love and respect animals and ecology are the majority. What are the national animal and wildlife protection groups waiting for? Be bold, be loud, be visible and DO IT NOW!!!

  6. geez it never ends….i hope one of these days, if the human race hasnt destroyed itself and everybody else by then, that a candidate/ elected official has enough intelligence, courage and compassion to speak up about the nonhuman animals. Even so-called vegan Cory Booker, while criticizing the donald,used the terms dog and pig in a derogatory manner, never once even intimating that these terms shouldnt be used in slandering the animals…wow, that would really be damaging to his “career” i guess.Anyway, i am disgusted by our political system….all smoke and mirrors during the conventions and pre-election, and the back to business as usual. And by the way, as a childfree woman, a choice i made for environmental reasons,I am really getting sick and tired of the idolization of people who are breeding, breeding, breeding and wiping out other species in the meantime. Their children and grandchildren arent any more important than the other animals’ children and grandchildren….sheesh

    • Mr. Booker also said in a response letter that someone posted here that there were parts of the Sportsmen’s Act that he did agree with! In wonder which parts – continuing to pollute land and water with lead ammo because it is ‘tradition’? Expanding wilderness and roadless wilderness areas to hunting and motorized vehicles? Opening up wildlife refuges to hunting? Guns in national parks and refuges? Any protection of lands is always one-sided, only for human use and the wildlife are protected only secondarily, and then vulnerable to hunting! Always ready to compromise, those Demos.

  7. This has put a dark cloud over the entire election for me. Trump is out of the question of course, but our own party doing this is something I am very dismayed at. I don’t care if it is strategy or not – I hate that enviros are always ignored because Dumbocrats think they have us in the bag – and they go out and try to kiss the butts of the Republicans and conservatives to win their votes! If the Obama administration has proved anything, it’s that there really is no compromise with them. I hope it doesn’t backfire on the Clinton campaign, because these people are racist and sexist and still may not vote for her. I don’t know who (or if) I am going to vote for. It won’t be Trump.

    • It is exactly like the exchange of a Democratic Senate seat majority for selling out wolves and delisting them by President Obama, something I will never forgive the Democratic party for, no matter how many monuments they designate at the last minute scramble! They’re doing it again, not even out of the starting gate! Bernie voters may have been better to court for votes. Kaine even looks like Tester a little, don’t you think? Blue dog demos. 😦

  8. Jeez, it’s frustrating not to have a third party alternative, or more, like the UK. Maybe if Trump does win the Presidency, I can emigrate back to the land of my grandparents, with a plea of amnesty!!!1

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