Bachmann accepts extremists' money, Part II: Does Michele Bachmann support the trophy hunting of endangered animals?
Wow, this is too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Or going "canned hunting" like Dick Cheney and John Cornyn (R-TX) did a couple of years back, shooting nearly 500 domesticated quail in a matter of minutes. Yes, folks, it's that easy to find extremist sentiments behind Michele Bachmann's campaign contributions.
In her most recent FEC filing, we find a $2000.00 donation to Bachmann from the Safari Club International PAC, received on June 14th. What does this organization support? It's described in this article as "a big-game hunting club that pays huge fees to hunt exotic animals around the globe." What does that mean? Among other things, the hunting of endangered animals, which this editorial from HSUS decries:
The administration's most outrageous proposal is its plan to allow trophy hunters to shoot endangered species in other countries and import the trophies and hides into the United States. The administration first floated the proposal a few months ago, with formal proposals subsequently published in the Federal Register, and President Bush is expected to make a final decision soon on the plan, which originated with his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has provided critical protections for species near extinction in the United States. The act also protects species in foreign nations, by barring pet traders, circuses, trophy hunters, and others from importing live or dead endangered species. While we can't prevent the shooting or capture of endangered species overseas, we can prevent imports—thus eliminating the incentive for American hunters and others to shoot or trap the animals in the first place.
But with this plan the administration is seeking to punch gaping holes in the prohibitions, under the assumption that generating revenue through the sale of hunting licenses will aid on-the-ground conservation in foreign lands.
The plan is transparent on its face. It's not aimed to help species, but to aid special interests who want to profit from the exploitation of wildlife. No group is more centrally involved in this miserable plan than Safari Club International, the world's leading trophy hunting organization and an entity with close ties to the Bush Administration.
The 40,000 member organization of rich trophy collectors has doled out close to $600,000 in campaign contributions among GOP candidates in the past six years. President Bush appointed a former top lobbyist of the Safari Club to be the deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—again, the very agency promoting the plan to allow the selling off of endangered species to private interests.
This reminds me of the LTE written a while back claiming that Michele Bachmann supports hunters. Really? Do Sixth District hunters really support the killing of endangered species in the developing world by a bunch of thrill-seeking fat cats? Somehow, I just don't think so.
Does Michele Bachmann support the Safari Club's extremist agenda?