Vote Yes on Prop. 109 and Tell Them to Spread Their Lies Elsewhere!
Last week, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced their support of
If adopted, Prop. 109 will protect
The extremists at Fund for Animals just put $100,000 into the pot to fight Prop. 109. The most powerful anti-hunting group, the Humane Society if the United States (HSUS), has already contributed more than $250,000 to the effort to defeat Prop. 109. The radicals are actively engaged because they know the measure would protect hunting and fishing for future generations. Prop. 109 defends the citizens and wildlife of
The Amendment specifies that all laws and rules pertaining to hunting and fishing "shall have the purpose of wildlife conservation and management and preserving the future of hunting and fishing." The language requires sound scientific reasoning, not emotion, as the basis for rules and regulations. Prop. 109 guarantees that hunting and fishing will continue to be regulated in a scientific manner in order to benefit wildlife populations.
The opponents have resorted to telling lies in order to persuade voters to oppose Prop 109. One of the most obvious is the claim that the Legislature is attempting to take power from the Game and Fish Commission. The opposition has even named its campaign committee Arizonans Against the Power Grab. The truth is that nothing in the proposition changes the relationship between the Legislature and Commission. The Legislature has always had control over the Commission. After all, the Legislature gave birth to the Commission in Title 17 of the state statutes. Under the plain language of the amendment, the Legislature will continue to delegate its regulatory powers to the Commission.
In a rare moment of objectivity by the media, the Cronkite News Service attempted to make this point when it wrote “Jennifer Martin, chairwoman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, said that critics of Proposition 109 are overreacting. ‘Anyone labeling this as a power grab is simply misinterpreting the language,’ Martin said. ‘What seems to be lost here is that this really won’t represent any change to the status quo.’”
The Right to Hunt and Fish, Proposition 109, is essential to protecting conservation as well as