Monday, October 22, 2012

Animal-rights groups see Measure 5 as a hoof in the door

Daniel Mock, Braddock, N.D., column

BRADDOCK, N.D. — Don’t be fooled into voting for the largest animal rights organization in the country and its handiwork this election cycle. Vote no on Measure 5 if you want to protect the rights of North Dakotans to write our own laws and do what’s best for animals.

Measure 5 uses inflammatory terms to pull at our emotions, yet deals with only three species and is silent on the most common kinds of mistreatment actually seen in the state. Odd? As confirmed by a March story in the Jamestown (N.D.) Sun, promoters have explained that they needed something “passable” and can add to it later. What might those additions be?

Measure 5 cleverly disguises terms used for animals in food production. For example, the measure’s full text bans “exsanguination,” but this is problematic because it likely would block any reinstatement of horse slaughter. So, even though promoters say the measure protects agricultural and other lawful activities, it will not. Read more .......

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sportsmen Endorse Dean Heller for Nevada Senate

The Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) endorses Senator Dean Heller for re-election. Heller will be a strong advocate protecting the rights and livelihoods of hunting sportsmen, animal owners, and livestock producers. This election may determine the future of our traditions and hunting heritage. It is clear that Heller will work to protect and support our freedoms. In contrast, Shelley Berkley has a history of working with animal rights extremists who would end the rights of sportsmen and animal owners.

Make a difference in Washington.
Support and vote for Dean Heller!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

SAOVA updated 2012 election website

Dear SAOVA Friends,

The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) today unveiled it’s updated 2012 Election website at . The site contains our endorsements of more than 200 candidates running for Congress November 6, 2012. In addition, we have analysis for a number of state legislatures. SAOVA ENDORSED candidates understand the animal rightist, anti-hunting threat and have voting records or exceptionally strong values that demonstrate their commitment to protecting our interests and not burdening us with unnecessary, restrictive regulation. Animal Rightist Endorsed politicians are the problem. They are formally endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and they consistently vote for legislation to strip us of our rights to hunt, fish, and own pets and livestock.

Important SAOVA candidate endorsements include:

Jeff Flake (R-AZ Senate)
Dr. Ted Yoho (R-FL3)
Jason Plummer (R-IL12)
John Archer (R-IA2)
Thomas Massie (R-KY4)
Hayden Rogers (D-NC11)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Heather Wilson (R-NM Senate)
Dr. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH2)
Randy Weber (R-TX14)
Roger Williams (R-TX25)
Tommy Thompson (R-WI Senate)

Key incumbents endorsed include:
Jim Costa (D-CA16)
Steve King (R-IA4)
Dean Heller (R-NV Senate)
Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY24)
Jim Renacci (R-OH16)
Francisco Canseco (R-TX23)
Jim Matheson (D-UT4)
Sean Duffy (R-WI7)

Please take the time to visit and review our election site. We make no pretense of evaluating candidates' positions on national security, taxes, education, health care, or social issues which we know weigh heavily on everyone’s mind during an election. To the degree that hunting and animal ownership are important to you, we offer this review to be combined with other, personal considerations to determine your vote on November 6, 2012. Visit SAOVA on Facebook for selected candidate endorsements, news, and legislative updates.

The world is governed by those who show up.

Please distribute this message widely.

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance
Working to Identify and Elect Supportive Legislators

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SAOVA on facebook

Visit SAOVA now on facebook. Share more news on candidates, legislation and issues that affect you.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sportsmen and Animal Owners Endorse Robert Pittenger for Congress

The Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) today endorsed Robert Pittenger for district 9 open seat congressional race. SAOVA’s Director Susan Wolf indicated that Pittenger is a candidate who could make a substantial difference in Washington for hunting sportsmen and animal owners.

Pittenger took the time to complete and return SAOVA’s non-incumbent candidate questionnaire. North Carolina residents will be well represented by Pittenger who shares our concerns regarding the need to protect our rights and livelihoods from overzealous regulation.

NRA endorses Romney

By Jonathan Easley - 10/04/12 06:16 PM ET

The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Mitt Romney for president late Thursday.

NRA Executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and NRA Political Victory Fund chairman Chris Cox will formally announce the endorsement at a Romney rally in Virginia later Thursday evening. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will also be on hand.

“In this election, there is no debate,” LaPierre said in a statement. “There is only one choice – only one hope – to save our firearms freedom and our way of life.”

The endorsement is not surprising — the NRA has a history of supporting conservative candidates, who traditionally support strong gun rights.   Article at The Hill

Thursday, October 4, 2012

HSLF 100+ Congressional ratings

The following members of the 112th Congress not only received a perfect score from the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) - the PAC for HSUS - they received “extra credit” (100+) for either being prime sponsors of HSUS initiated bills or for taking the lead on letters to agencies on behalf of HSUS.

Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Lois Capps (D-CA)
Susan Davis (D-CA)
Sam Farr (D-CA)
George Miller (D-CA)
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Brad Sherman D-CA
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) not running for reelection
Jared Polis (D-CO)
Mike Quigley (D-IL)
Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
Gary Peters (D-MI)
Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Gary Ackerman (D-NY) not running for reelection
Steve Israel (D-NY)
Edolphus Towns D-NY) not running for reelection
Betty Sutton (D-OH)
Mike Doyle (D-PA)
James Langevin (D-RI)
Steve Cohen (D-TN)
James Moran (D-VA)

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 Advances

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

On Saturday, September 22, the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (S.3525) advanced as the Senate voted 84 to 7 on the motion to proceed for a November vote. Introduced by CSC Co-Chair Senator Jon Tester, the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 is a package of 19 separate bills including the majority of CSF’s sportsmen's legislative priorities for the 112th Congress. (Click here for a full description). In April, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) was passed by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 276 to 146. If S.3525 is passed in November, it will then move to conference with H.R. 4089, which includes several of the same bills.

Eventual passage of this unprecedented pro-sportsmen's legislation will promote, protect and preserve our nation's hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come. CSF will keep you apprised as this process moves forward.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sportsmen and Animal Owners Endorse Jason Plummer

The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) endorses Jason Plummer for Illinois congressional district 12. SAOVA’s Director Susan Wolf indicated that Plummer is a candidate who could make a substantial difference in Washington effectively advocating for the rights and livelihoods of agricultural producers, sportsmen, and animal owners. "We can be assured that Illinois residents will be well represented by Jason Plummer."