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ACTION ALERT August 2003

Mourning Dove hunting legislation introduced in the Michigan Legislature.

On August 13, 2003, House Bill 5029 http://www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=getObject&objName=2003-HB-5029 was introduced by State Representative Susan Tabor [R-71]. This bill attempts to remove the mourning dove as protected songbird in Michigan and list it as a game species in order to create a new shooting season. Tabor's plan to create a voting block through the new caucus has come into play http://www.savethedoves.org/news/news_060103.html.

Protected since 1905, Michigan has maintained a long heritage and tradition of mourning dove protection because the majority of citizens, including the majority of Michigan hunters, overwhelmingly oppose the hunting of doves in Michigan.

Also within this legislation is a section to repeal PA 451 MCL 324.40110 http://www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=getObject&objName=mcl-324-40110&highlight= , this section repeals what protects YOUR RIGHT to accountable legislative representation on this and ALL future wildlife decisions, by transferring the authority to "DESIGNATE" protected non-game species as game from the Legislature over to the non-elected Natural Resource Commission...a Commission that has violated the law and court ordered injunction http://www.savethedoves.org/news_courtorder.html several times to attempt to "take" the dove from the people of the state of Michigan.

This is not wanted by the people and is being pushed by out-of-state dove-shooting proponents.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

YOUR help is URGENTLY needed, many NEW legislators need to be educated about the hotly contested dove issue
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Call, write, fax, or email your State Representative and State Senator TODAY. Urge them to oppose HB 5029. Make it clear you do not want recreational hunting "management" used on this protected songbird and you do not want your right to legislative authority repealed!

Call the House at 517-373-0135 and ask to be connected with your Representative.
You may also find your Representative http://www.house.state.mi.us/LocateRep.asp

Call the Senate at 517-373-2400 and ask to be connected with your Senator.
You may also find your Senator http://www.senate.state.mi.us/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm

Share this Alert with Friends and Family—Each Person's Voice “Counts”


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO SAVE MICHIGAN’S MOURNING DOVES AND OTHER PROTECTED NON-GAME WILDLIFE!

More information and updates will be available at http://www.savethedoves.org


A UFAT message from:
Lowell D. Corbin
Co-Chair: Environmental Action Committee
Michigan Audubon Society
ufat2@juno.com