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The Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 (CARA)...

According to wildwatch.org "is one of the most pernicious pieces of pro-hunting legislation. It has all ready quietly passed the House of Representatives (HR 701) and is now pending in the Senate (S. 25).

Few people outside the State Fish and Game Departments and their groupies know about it. Its enactment would be tantamount to doubling the already considerable (about $450 million) annual federal contribution to hunting programs of the various states agencies.

To add insult to injury, these funds come from the environmentally destructive Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leases. This "gift" to the states' budget will bring the all the states' governments on board when it comes to hand out more of those destructive oil and gas drilling permits. In a nutshell: 1) We permit private exploiters to destroy the offshore eco-system. 2) They pay us for that privilege. 3) We use part of the money to allow the continued destruction of our wildlife. 4) So we can destroy both our offshore eco-system and our wildlife without any net cost to us. What a deal!! In the fight against hunting one of our encouraging signs over the last 20 years has been the steady erosion of the number of hunters and the concomitant financial support. That erosion has lead to large-scale pessimism among hunters and the Fish and Game agencies about the future of hunting. This measure, if passed, could undo all this overnight. CARA could undo all this overnight.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: It is vital that all us get in touch with our Senators and urge the defeat of this act. For more information about this act, and suggestions for actions you visit http://www.wildwatch.org Click into Alerts."

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