Call To Action – Fish and Game Commissioner Dan Richards Needs Support
February 28, 2012
I don’t often share these “calls to action” and similar emails I receive. This isn’t supposed to be a particularly political blog, and I’m not crazy about jumping on a bandwagon. But in the case of Fish and Game Commissioner, Dan Richards, I can’t help sticking my fingers in the mix. I simply can’t believe how much momentum has gathered since he first came under fire for legally hunting a mountain lion in Idaho.
This morning, I read that CA Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsome is calling for his resignation because he has become a “distraction”. According to the linked blog post, Newsome wrote:
“While not in California at the time, your actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office,” Newsom writes. “As is stated on the Commission’s website, your actions should be in the “best interest of the resource and truly reflect the wishes and needs of the people.”
What the hell does going on a legal hunt in another state have to do with his actions as President of the California Fish and Game Commission? Step away from your personal feelings about lion hunting for a moment, and consider the bigger picture.
As I’ve mentioned before, Dan Richards, along with Jim Kellogg, is one of the only commissioners who shows any real consideration for hunters and our concerns. That’s the reason he’s being so directly targeted by the likes of HSUS and the mountain lion foundation. If he is forced out, a new commissioner will be appointed by Governor Brown, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for hunters in this state.
Anyway, here’s the alert. I urge all CA hunters to take a good look, give it some thought, consider the big picture, and take action.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
California Sportsmen: Pro-Hunting Commissioner’s Position in Jeopardy Anti-hunting groups are trying to force pro-sportsmen, pro-hunting Commissioner Dan Richards off the California Fish & Game Commission. Why? Because he legally took a mountain lion during a hunt in Idaho.
A. Attend March 7 Commission meeting in Riverside, Calif., and speak in support of Commissioner Richards. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa San Diego Room1 3649 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside 8:30AM
B. Contact your Assemblymember and Senator and tell them to support Commissioner Richards. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
C. Contact Gov. Brown 916-445-2841 and tell him you support Commissioner Richards.
D. Contact the California Fish & Game Commission 916-653-4899 and support Commissioner Richards.
Act today. Under state law, any fish and game commissioner can be removed by a simple majority vote in both houses of the state Legislature.
Currently 40 of the 80 members of the Assembly are calling for Richards to resign. This could easily tip the balance of power on the Commission into the hands of anti-hunting extremists. Show your support for Commissioner Richards today!