The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act
The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act is a citizen-initiated law that saw over 374,000 Michigan residents sign the petition. Every citizen who signed the petition did so with the expectation that the legislature would vote on this Act.
The signatures are expected to be certified by the State Board of Canvassers the week of July 21st. Once they are certified, the legislature will have a 40 day window to vote on the Act. This means that Wednesday, August 13th is the ONLY session day where this vote can take place.
The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act would:
• Ensure that decisions affecting the taking of fish and game are made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management;
• Provide for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military, and;
• Provide appropriations for fisheries management activities within Michigan necessary for rapid response, prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive species, including Asian carp.
Why is this citizen-led legislation needed?
The bipartisan Natural Resources Commission was created in 1922 to separate conservation from politics. In 1996, the people of Michigan voted to give the NRC exclusive authority to issue game orders and required that it use sound science. This initiative makes sure that fish and game decisions can be made by the only public body in Michigan required by the people to use sound science: the Natural Resources Commission.
Out-of-state radical anti-hunting groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States, have launched two referendum drives in Michigan seeking to overrule Michigan’s wildlife biologists on game management decisions. With their deep pockets, they know that once they get on a statewide ballot, it’s just a matter of spending millions of dollars in misleading advertising. They are currently trying the same strategy in Maine, just as they tried it here in 1996 and in 2006. Without this citizen-initiated legislation, fish and game decisions made by our state’s professional wildlife biologists will be subject to endless expensive referendums run by out-of-state activists.
Sample Email to legislators
Please find below a sample email that I have drafted that you can send to your members. Please feel free to change or alter this in any way you see fit. Whatever you do, please get an email blast out to your members in the next few weeks asking them to contact their legislators!
Dear Representative/Senator (insert name here).
I am one of the 374,000 Michiganders to have signed the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA), and I am also one of your constituents. Today I urge your support for the SFWCA and to come to Lansing on August 13th for a vote on the Act!
Michigan is currently being attacked by out-of-state radical anti-hunting groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). They are seeking to take away our ability to regulate fish & game decisions with sound science. HSUS has pledged to go state by state across the country to eliminate hunting. Michigan is only one of their current targets; Maine is experiencing the same difficulty with them as we speak.
That is why I am urging you to support the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act on August 13th. We must ensure Michigan’s game and fish decisions are made using sound science, thus preserving our outdoor heritage for generations to come.
Find your Legislator
To find you Representative click: Michigan House of Representatives or visit http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/
To find your Michigan Senator click: Michigan Senate or visit http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html
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