Rep. James M. Murphy / The Patriot Ledger
Proving yet again that today’s Robber Barons are without a doubt on Beacon Hill doing the dirty work of special interest groups, Representative James Murphy (D) of the 4th Norfolk District has filed two budget amendments #149 and #152 that propose the following:
- Establish a “Wildlife Rehabilitation Account” within the Inland Fisheries and Game Fund.
- Divert all proceeds from the sale of the $5.00 Wildland Conservation Stamps to the new account. (This alone totals approximately 1.5 million dollars a year.)
- Divert one dollar from the sale of every sporting, fishing, trapping and hunting license and deposit it into the new account..
- Divert contributions and any grant monies from the federal government or other public and private sources and deposit it into the new account. (It is unclear from the language, but this may include all of the federal Pittman-Robertson approximately $4,000,000 a year. See more information about this funding below.)
- Mandate that the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) distribute the funds in the wildlife rehabilitation account equally to all nonprofit organizations licensed by the DFW that provides wildlife medical treatment, caring, rehabilitation, and releasing of non-game wildlife and endangered species in the commonwealth. These groups include the HSUS and the MSPCA, two organizations that, unlike the Sportsmen and Women of Massachusetts, have worked to destroy professional wildlife management nationally and locally.
- Amend the laws regarding the use of the Inland Fisheries and Game Fund to include the medical treatment, caring, rehabilitation, and releasing of non-game wildlife and endangered species.
I wrote about the Sportsmen & Women of Massachusetts awhile back as being Massachusetts FIRST and BEST Conservationist and those words still ring true while others seek to literally steal through the legislative process all of the money set aside for Wildlife Management in this state (behind the scene) through no effort of their own. This is an outrage of the highest order.
Put another way if you and your fellow employees decided to deduct $10.00 per week to contribute to a local charity and give those funds to that charity at the end of a year you would be applauded. Yet at the 11th hour someone in Human Resources then decides to give the money to another charity more to their liking – how would you react? Exactly.
If these anti-conservation groups, who like HSUS lack no funding what-so-ever, want to establish a “Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund” then let them establish a like tax on goods and services as the Sportsmen & Women have to fund such a noble cause or better yet get together with those who already fund these programs to work together to establish such a fund rather than attempting to – yet again - steal these funds.
Today Representative William M. Straus and Representative George N. Peterson, Jr. have filed amendments #27 (to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife line # 2310-0200) and #28 (to the Wildland acquisition line 2310-0316) to the House FY2011 Budget (H.4599) regarding The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Land Stamp funding. These amendments would restore the current funding and prevent the half-million dollar proposed cut.
However you need to do your part by calling the office of your local House Representative and encourage them to stop this attempt of outright theft.
For more info:
To find your legislators to contact: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php
House Budget Site: http://www.mass.gov/legis/11budget/house/
For a history of DFW and acquisitions in the public interest: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/land/land_acquisitions.htm
Wildland Acquisition Account law: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/131-2a.htm