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Delta Waterfowl Counters Attempts by Animal Rights group to Close Hunting on Refuges

Bismarck, ND - A direct assault on waterfowl hunting is being met head on by Delta Waterfowl, the leading voice of waterfowl hunters in America. In a recently filed lawsuit, The Fund for Animals challenges attempts by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to permit hunting and expand hunting opportunities on 39 refuges, many in key waterfowl areas of the Mississippi Flyway. “This year marks the centennial of the refuge system and The Fund for Animals is hoping to capitalize on the stature of this special event by attempting to tarnish hunting and other consumptive uses,” states Delta Waterfowl’s Peter Trexler. “Waterfowl hunters face significant challenges with access to waterfowl hunting areas, and many count on refuges as a place to enjoy their pursuits. Waterfowl hunters and waterfowl hunting don’t need another barrier.”

Delta’s Rob Olson stresses, “The attack by this animal rights group is just the latest in their campaign to end hunting everywhere. This challenge is outrageous when you consider the money used to develop the refuge system and other lands managed for wildlife has been given by hunters through the sale of duck stamp sales, Pittman Robertson taxes and other sources of sportsman’s monies. Hunters are the reason that we have seen conservation successes in this country, not extremist animal rights groups like the Fund for Animals.” Olson adds, “In review of their financial information we can’t find a single dollar that Fund for Animals has contributed to on the ground conservation projects, research efforts or any meaningful contribution to wildlife or their habitat.”

Delta Waterfowl’s Trexler is leading the effort with the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus, to dispel the myths and misinformation arising from the Fund’s lawsuit to members of Congress. In addition, Delta’s staff is preparing materials to illustrate the connection between hunters and conservation and to counter the false claims of the suit. “We feel that we need to stand up for our membership, the duck hunter, on this issue.”

And Trexler concludes, “It is exceptionally important to celebrate hunters, trappers and anglers as the preeminent force in conservation and to accredit them for their vision as the original creators of the conservation movement and the establishment refuge system 100 years ago.”

Delta Waterfowl was established in 1911 and is North America’s leader in waterfowl conservation research. Delta’s U.S office is in the heart of duck country, Bismarck, North Dakota. Delta’s mission is to enhance waterfowl populations while securing the future of waterfowling.

For more information, contact Rob Olson or John Devney at 888-987-3695 or 701-222-8857.