You may be unaware that some large "conservation" or "wildlife" organizations actually support hunting and trapping. Although their names and literature may suggest that they protect animals and/or habitats, they often regard animals as resources to be harvested or pests to be eliminated. U.S. hunters and trappers kill millions of animals every year and leave many others wounded and dying. Hunting disrupts natural wildlife populations and actually stimulates reproduction rates. Programs designed to preserve habitat or reduce the numbers of "overpopulated" animals are often funded by groups that wish to encourage excessive breeding to ensure a supply of "game" animals to hunt.
For more information about hunting, please read through PETA's "Why Sport Hunting Is Cruel and Unnecessary" factsheet.
Below is a partial list of organizations that support the use of hunting, trapping, and/or fishing for "sport" and/or "wildlife management." If you oppose those activities, please let these groups know how you feel:African Wildlife Foundation1400 16th St. N.W., Ste. 120Washington, DC 20036202-939-3333www.awf.org
American ForestsP.O. Box 2000Washington, DC 20013202-955-4500www.americanforests.org
American Wildlife FoundationP.O. Box 1246Molalla, OR 97038503-829-9567www.awildfound.org
Boone & Crockett Club250 Station Dr.Missoula, MT 59801406-542-1888www.boone-crockett.orgThe Conservation AllianceCasey SheahanKelty Pack, Inc.6235 Lookout Rd.Boulder, CO 80301303-262-3322www.conservationalliance.com
Defenders of Wildlife1130 17th St. N.W.Washington, DC 20030202-682-9400www.defenders.org
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.One Waterfowl WayMemphis, TN 381201-800-453-8257www.ducks.org
International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies444 N. Capitol St. N.W., Ste. 544Washington, DC 20001202-624-7890www.iafwa.org
Izaak Walton League of America707 Conservation Ln.Gaithersburg, MD 208781-800-453-5463www.iwla.org
Max McGraw Wildlife FoundationP.O. Box 9Dundee, IL 60118847-426-4711www.mcgrawwildlife.org
National Audubon Society700 BroadwayNew York, NY 10003212-979-3000www.audubon.org
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation1120 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Ste. 900Washington, DC 20036202-857-0166www.nfwf.org National Wildlife Federation11100 Wildlife Center Dr.Reston, VA 20190-53621-800-822-9919www.nwf.org The Nature Conservancy4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100Arlington, VA 22203-1606703-841-5300www.tnc.org Outdoor Writers Association of America121 Hickory St., Ste. 1Missoula, MT 59801406-728-7434www.owaa.org
Safari Club International 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.Tucson, AZ 85745-9490520-620-1220www.scifirstforhunters.org
The Sierra Club85 Second St., 2nd Fl.San Francisco, CA 94105www.sierraclub.org U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance(formerly Wildlife Legislative Fund of America)801 Kingsmill Pkwy.Columbus, OH 43229614-888-4868www.ussportsmen.org
The Wilderness Society1615 M St. N.W.Washington, DC 200361-800-843-9453www.wilderness.org Wildlife Conservation Fund of America The Conservation Fund1800 N. Kent St., Ste. 1120Arlington, VA 22209-2156703-525-6300www.conservationfund.org
The Wildlife Conservation Society 2300 Southern Blvd.Bronx, NY 10460www.wcs.org
Wildlife Forever2700 Freeway Blvd.Brooklyn Center, MN 55430763-253-0222www.wildlifeforever.org
Windstar Wildlife Institute10072 Vista Ct.Myersville, MD 21773301-293-3351www.windstar.org
The Wildlife Management Institute1146 19th St.
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