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Buckeye Dan
08-01-2012, 8:21 AM
Taxpayer Millions Paid to Anti-Hunting Organizations
Jul31 by Jeremy Rine

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has long been concerned over provisions within the Endangered Species Act that anti-hunting groups are using more and more to get large government payouts for filing lawsuits that do not help the recovery of threatened or endangered species. Many of these lawsuits even threaten to stop hunting, fishing, or trapping.

Documents provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to the House Natural Resources Committee show that our federal government is giving millions of taxpayer dollars to anti-hunting organizations. Anti-hunting groups like the Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Sierra Club are cashing in – on your dime.

Taxpayer Dollars to Anti-Hunters – How Much?

On cases that were listed as “active” between October 1, 2008 and April 4, 2012 more than $21 million was paid out to pay the attorney’s fees for groups suing under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). Of that $21 million, more than $6 million in taxpayer dollars went to pay attorneys for some of the nation’s largest anti-hunting organizations.

The money is paid out from a taxpayer fund called the Judgment Fund. That means your tax dollars are being paid to anti-hunting organizations’ attorneys.

Why the Government is Paying

The short answer is because the law says they have to.

Provisions within the ESA allow plaintiffs – typically animal rights and environmental groups suing the government – to recover the costs of their attorney’s fees in cases where they have at least “some success on the merits” of the case.

Although originally intended to help promote species recovery, activist organizations are using it as their financial backing to push their radical agendas. More and more lawsuits are being filed under the ESA and more and more taxpayer dollars are being doled out to pay for animal rights and environmental groups’ attorneys.

Often these groups sue on purely technical grounds (not based on science or in the best interests of wildlife conservation) simply because they know they’ll win the technical argument and the government will be forced to pay their attorney’s fees. Ultimately, many these lawsuits have no impact on the recovery of endangered or threatened species.

http://protectwhatsright.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/group-of-protesters.jpg?w=300&h=200

Sportsmen and non-sportsmen alike should be appalled that their tax dollars are being given away to pay for frivolous lawsuits filed by anti-hunting and other activist organizations. It just doesn’t make sense for this to continue in a time where our government is facing an economic crisis and our national debt is skyrocketing.

Source: http://protectwhatsright.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/taxpayer-millions-paid-to-anti-hunting-organizations/

mif_slim
08-01-2012, 8:24 AM
Look at all those vegans!

21SF
08-01-2012, 12:44 PM
Vegan lesbos, mad at the world.

I would like to apologize to them on behalfe of all men, Were sorry your ugly and we broke your heart.

Sky_DiveR
08-01-2012, 12:51 PM
Both sides sue. We lose hundreds of thousands on lawsuits from both sides.

21SF
08-01-2012, 12:53 PM
I dont think our side sues with tax payer money.

Untamed1972
08-01-2012, 1:56 PM
Is this really any different than say Alan Gura or CGF collecting attorney's fees on any case they prevail in?

Cheep
08-02-2012, 4:44 AM
Vegan lesbos, mad at the world.

I would like to apologize to them on behalfe of all men, Were sorry your ugly and we broke your heart.

:smilielol5:

toby
08-02-2012, 4:49 AM
It will never end and you cant stop them. Best thing to do is IGNORE.

taloft
08-02-2012, 5:13 AM
Is this really any different than say Alan Gura or CGF collecting attorney's fees on any case they prevail in?I really don't know but, based on the article it would appear that they don't have to prevail. They only need to have “some success on the merits” of the case in order to get paid. Even if they lose the case overall.

Alan, CGF, SAF, etc. have to prevail via Judgement in our favor in order to recoup fees. If they lose a case they get nothing. Also, most anti hunting orgs. get the legal work done pro bono then claim the value of the work as part of the judgement. They are using it to fill their coffers, not for the benefit of the animals.

Just another bunch of hypocrites holding up signs made from poor defenseless trees. Tree Killers!! :p