Are there wildlife organizations that I should be concerned about supporting?

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 Foundation
1400 16th St. N.W., Ste. 120
Washington, DC 20036
202-939-3333
www.awf.org

American Forests
P.O. Box 2000
Washington, DC 20013
202-955-4500
www.americanforests.org

American Wildlife Foundation
P.O. Box 1246
Molalla, OR 97038
503-829-9567
www.awildfound.org

Boone & Crockett Club
250 Station Dr.
Missoula, MT 59801
406-542-1888
www.boone-crockett.org

The Conservation Alliance
Casey Sheahan
Kelty Pack, Inc.
6235 Lookout Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
303-262-3322
www.conservationalliance.com

Defenders of Wildlife
1130 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20030
202-682-9400
www.defenders.org

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
1-800-453-8257
www.ducks.org

International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
444 N. Capitol St. N.W., Ste. 544
Washington, DC 20001
202-624-7890
www.iafwa.org

Izaak Walton League of America
707 Conservation Ln.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
1-800-453-5463
www.iwla.org

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
P.O. Box 9
Dundee, IL 60118
847-426-4711
www.mcgrawwildlife.org

National Audubon Society
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
212-979-3000
www.audubon.org

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1120 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Ste. 900
Washington, DC 20036
202-857-0166
www.nfwf.org
          
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190-5362
1-800-822-9919
www.nwf.org
           
The Nature Conservancy
4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1606
703-841-5300
www.tnc.org
          
Outdoor Writers Association of America
121 Hickory St., Ste. 1
Missoula, MT 59801
406-728-7434
www.owaa.org

Safari Club International
4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745-9490
520-620-1220
www.scifirstforhunters.org

The Sierra Club
85 Second St., 2nd Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94105
www.sierraclub.org
          
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
(formerly Wildlife Legislative Fund of America)
801 Kingsmill Pkwy.
Columbus, OH 43229
614-888-4868
www.ussportsmen.org

The Wilderness Society
1615 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
1-800-843-9453
www.wilderness.org
 
Wildlife Conservation Fund of America
The Conservation Fund
1800 N. Kent St., Ste. 1120
Arlington, VA 22209-2156
703-525-6300
www.conservationfund.org

The Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460
www.wcs.org

Wildlife Forever
2700 Freeway Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
763-253-0222
www.wildlifeforever.org

Windstar Wildlife Institute
10072 Vista Ct.
Myersville, MD 21773
301-293-3351
www.windstar.org

The Wildlife Management Institute
1146 19th St.

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