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Judge OKs USSAF to Represent Sportsmen in Anti-Trapping Lawsuit
« on: December 22, 2006, 03:31:44 PM »
Judge OKs USSAF to Represent Sportsmen in Anti-Trapping Lawsuit

A federal court judge will allow the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation to represent trappersí interests in a second suit brought to ban trapping in Minnesota.

The suit is one of three similar anti-trapping cases in which the USSAF is involved. The lawsuits, filed in Minnesota and Maine, will also set precedents that jeopardize hunting, fishing and trapping wherever endangered species exist.

Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson granted the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation (USSAF) and its U.S. Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund (U.S. SLDF) permission to join the suit, which was brought by the Animal Protection Institute. The antiís are suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources claiming that since the state is home to populations of federally protected Canada lynx, bald eagles and grey wolves, all trapping of any species should be stopped to prevent incidental catch. There is no data proving this to be a problem.

This is an attempt by the antiís to ban trapping in Minnesota and establish legal precedent to ban a wide range of taking of wildlife. The case could set a precedent that affects how the Endangered Species Act can be applied throughout the nation.  If antiís can stop trapping in a place where they claim there is a risk of catching lynx, they can just as easily try to stop fishing in bodies of water where they claim there is a risk of catching endangered sturgeon.

The U.S. SLDF has joined the case, along with the Minnesota Trappers Association, Fur Takers of America, the National Trappers Association and Minnesota trappers Todd Roggenkamp and Cory Van Driel.

Sportsmen nationwide are encouraged to help fight the antiís. Consider a contribution to the U.S. SLDF to help defray costs accrued during these lawsuits and future legal battles to protect trapping.

Donations can be made online, or sent to: The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation, U.S. Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund, 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH, 43229.  For more information, call (614) 888-4868.

The U.S. SLDF is the nationís only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmenís interests in the courts.  It defends wildlife management and sportsmenís rights in local, state and federal courts.  The U.S. SLDF represents the interests of sportsmen and assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law.
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