Michigan Sportsmen Respond to Anti-Dove Hunting Event
(Detroit) – Michigan sportsmen are outraged at the fund raiser being held
at the Detroit Zoo benefiting anti-hunting organizations in that state.
Last week, the USSA alerted sportsman that the Michigan Humane Society was
holding the event to help ban dove hunting in the wolverine state.
Since August 18, sportsmen have kept the Detroit Zoo staff busy with
telephone calls and faxes to Zoo executives. “Faxes and calls have been
pouring in from angry sportsmen,” said Patricia Mills, communications
manager of the Detroit Zoological Society. All of Michigan’s sportsmen
are urged to continue sending faxes to their state legislators, Governor
Granholm, Detroit city council members, and the Detroit Zoo.
The fundraising event is scheduled for September 16. On the list of
special guest speakers are Ron Kagan, director of the Detroit Zoo, Wayne
Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
(HSUS) and Mike Markarian, executive vice president of the HSUS, the
nation’s largest anti-hunting group.
Tickets for this event are advertised at $100 each and “all proceeds go
directly to the [sic] help restore the dove shooting ban on mourning
The Detroit Zoo is both privately and publicly funded. As recently of May
of this year, the state re-appropriated $4 million to the Detroit
Zoological Society. Further, nearly $6 million in aid has been
appropriated by the city of Detroit to be given to the zoo in 2007.
Michigan sportsmen whose tax dollars and private donations have helped
fund the zoo are outraged at the zoo’s tolerance of hosting an
“We want sportsmen to continue their onslaught of calls to the city of
Detroit, the state of Michigan and private donors such as Daimler Chrysler
Corporation, Ford Motor Company, the General Motors Corporation and all
who give to the Detroit Zoo,” said Rick Story U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
senior vice president. “Sportsmen must express their outrage at their
support of an organization that uses public resources to take a side on
such a contentious political issue.”
Take Action! Michigan sportsmen must contact the City of Detroit, their
state legislators and the Detroit Zoo and explain to them that it is a
outright attack on Michigan’s rich hunting heritage and a gross misuse of
public resources for an agency of the City of Detroit to aid fundraising
for anti-hunting efforts.
Letters should be sent to Ron Kagan, director of the Detroit Zoo at 8450
W. Ten Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48068. He can be reached by telephone at
(248) 398-0900, ext. 3118 and by fax at (248) 398-0504. Kwame Kilpatrick,
the Mayor of Detroit can be contacted at Coleman A. Young Municipal
Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Ste. 1126, Detroit, MI 48226 and by telephone at
(313) 224-3400 and fax at (313) 224-4128. To find your Michigan
legislators, use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org