From ANIMAL PEOPLE, Jan/Feb 1997:
Louisiana governor Mike Foster gave “the first
indication that he plans to run for re-election in 1999,” said
the New Orleans Times-Picayune, by hosting a fundraising
three-day “Spirit of ‘96 Governor’s Duck Hunt” at the Oak
Grove Hunting Club in Creole, December 21-23. Lafayette
businessman Henry Mouton, identified as one of Foster’s
longtime hunting buddies, invited 54 people to join the hunt at
$5,000 apiece. Amenities included a 4:30 a.m. breakfast of
quail and a commemorative shotgun for each participant.
Claiming to have been in “planning and development
stages for three years,” the Animal Welfare Council
debuted recently with a conference in Nashville, Tennessee,
at which Ward Stutz was elected as chair; Thomas D.
Hines, DVM as president; Judith Pence Jordan as vice
chair; Carolyn Stull also as a vice chair; Rene Storey a s
secretary; Terri Greer as treasurer; and Carol Alm, Doug
Corey, DVM, Steve Kendall, and Myron Etienne Jr. as
board members. The AWC offices are in Aspen, Colorado.
Among the more recognizable names, Stull is a University of
California at Davis faculty member noted for defense of veal
crating; Greer is spokesperson for the Professional Rodeo
Cowboys Association; Corey is a rodeo veterinarian;
Kendall, a pro-circus spokesperson, heads the A n i m a l
Husbandry Society; and Etienne, a rodeo cowboy, recently
defended jerk-down calf roping in American Horseman.
The Association for the Protection of Wildlife
and Natural Habitat, a.k.a. ASPAS (Association pour la
Protection des Animaux Sauvages et du Patrimonie Naturel)
won a double victory on November 28 before the High Court
of Bordeaux, France, which ordered the dissolution of the
turtledove hunting advocacy group Comite d’organisation et
defense de la chasse a la tourterelle, and ordered the Union
for the Defense of Traditional Hunting (l’Union de Defense
des Chasses Traditionnelles) to pay ASPAS $36,000 francs
for damages, interest, and legal fees, for encouraging hunters
to kill turtledoves last spring in defiance of a European
Community ban on turtledove hunting.
The Clearinghouse on Environmental Research
and Advocacy, monitoring wise-use wiseguys since 1993,
on December 16 announced the debut of a World Wide Web
page, >>http://www.ewg.org/pub/ home/clear/clear.html<<,
providing “the ability to explore the structure of the anti-environmental
movement by following links in the personnel and
funding data sets,” according to the CLEAR press release.
“Researchers can explore for themselves the network of shared
personnel and funding that form the basis of the broad antienvironmental
movement.” The announcement was premature,
however, as the search links were still under construction.