Wednesday, September 13, 2006

PETA Publicizes Dove Hunt

The anti-hunting group PETA is upset about a fundraiser dove hunt set to take place here in South Carolina.

Ironically, in their efforts to pick up support in our solidly pro-gun/pro-hunting state, PETA has only helped publicize what will no doubt be a very successful event.

PETA voiced their opposition to the private fundraiser and dove hunt that is being hosted for GOP superintendent of education candidate Karen Floyd.

The dove hunt, originally planned for September 11th, will take place on October 3rd.

The important thing to remember is that hunting is a legal and ethical activity. Thousands of sportsmen go out to the dove fields in South Carolina every year. Most of these licensed hunters are also registered voters. It's also important to remember that anyone who finds hunting offensive or distasteful has every right not to participate.

I personally find PETA offensive and distasteful. I suspect the majority of South Carolinians would agree with me. In fact, up to now it's been nearly 20 years since I've even heard PETA's name mentioned here in connection with an event. They are pretty much irrelevant and non-existent here in the Palmetto State.

In fact, the last time they came to South Carolina our coalition of sportsmen ran them out of town.

As I recall PETA scheduled a "training" session at the old Sheraton on Bush River Road. They scheduled the event around the time of the annual Sportsmen's Classic at the State Fairgrounds. The anti-hunting, anti-fishing, and anti-gun PETA crowd was upset over a fishing demonstration that was being conducted at the Sportsmen's Classic.

According to the dozen or so out-of-state PETA members who showed up, it was cruel to hook and release fish. Go figure. I guess they had nothing else to do that particular weekend.

At any rate, we staged a "counter protest" outside their Sheraton seminar. While about 12 0r 13 folks (including our three plants) attended the PETA training camp, nearly 200 sportsmen protested outside. Apparently they got the message as they haven't been heard of since.

Hopefully the Floyd campaign will stand strong against the puffed up bluster of these outside rabble rousers. They are threatening to picket the area around the hunt. If they are as successful with that effort as they were in Columbia, it ought to be good for a belly laugh.


At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Rick for setting the record straight on PETA and to The Floyd Campaign - I agree with you they need to stand strong against this group.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Zeke Stokes said...

Rick: I'm Jim Rex's campaign manager in the race for Education Superintendent, and this is one thing he and Ms. Floyd can agree on. Jim is an avid hunter. In fact, he is a member of the Wild Turkey Federation and had the opportunity to visit their headquarters a few weeks ago while on the campaign trail. I used to work for the March of Dimes, whose mission is to help save sick babies and prevent premature birth. PETA was a constant antagonism to our efforts, using their bullying methods to try to stop valuable research that saves human lives. Kudos to the Floyd campaign for standing up to them.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Jennifer Bradey said...

Rick -
Another fantastic article. It was great seeing you at the Board Meetings yesterday.

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At 9:47 AM, Blogger \\wbw said...

Zeke: It's so like a Democratic candidate to have his campaign manager show up on a "gun rights" blog to say, "My candidate hunts too... my candidates a member of the NWTF... my candidate doesn't like PETA either". Zeke - Big Frickin' Deal! The real question around this issue isn't whether Jim Rex has ever hunted, the real question does Jim Rex have the "guts" to stand against organizations like PETA and the NEA? Based on this situation, I'd say,"Not likely".

Like the John Kerry French Poodle of 2004 - "This dog doesn't hunt either".


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