LOUISIANA SENATOR DAVID VITTER STANDS UP FOR HUNTERS BY DENOUNCING HSUS
Recently, Louisiana Senator and current gubernatorial candidate David Vitter released a statement distancing himself from Humane Society of the United States. In the statement, he mentions that HSUS has repeatedly gone after hunters’ rights in this country. This includes this year’s Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, a bill that Vitter himself co-authored, which would “facilitate better access for hunters on federal lands, conserve lands important to hunting and recreation, and other pro-sportsmen priorities.”
This is an interesting move coming from Senator Vitter, as he has had close ties to HSUS in the past. Vitter’s U.S. Senate campaign has received funding from the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and he has even received the Humane Society Legislative Leader Award in 2015 and Humane Legislator of the Year in 2012.
Fortunately, Vitter has finally realized what we have known for a long time: that HSUS will pony up the cash to win over legislators, but in the long run all they care about is their agenda. They offer hand-picked candidates campaign financing in exchange for the promise that those candidates will support HSUS-backed legislation, but eventually their true nature is revealed to these legislators.
As HumaneWatch points out, David Vitter will likely continue to support certain measures HSUS also supports if their interests align, but at least in this instance he has chosen to side with those who believe in protecting American rights, not those who want to see them eliminated in pursuit of a radical goal.
You can read his full statement here.
We commend Senator Vitter on his decision to sever ties with HSUS and fully support hunters. This should be a shining example of the actions legislators should be taking to help limit the dangerous influence of animal rights groups in our country.
Hopefully, more of the people on this list of candidates who received money from HSUS last year, especially the lead sponsor of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Martin Heinrich, will follow suit and reconsider their relationships with an organization that has been so reckless in its attacks on American sportsmen in addition to many other groups.