Columbus – Fifteen of the nation’s leading conservation and
sportsmen organizations sent a letter to all U.S. Senators
requesting they oppose the nomination of Cass R. Sunstein to head
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
In the letter, the organizations express deep reservations about
Sunstein’s views on animal rights and hunting. Sunstein has been
quoted as saying, “we might ban hunting altogether, at least if
it’s sole purpose is human recreation,” as well as his discussions
about offering animals the rights to sue humans.
The letter makes clear that as the head of the OIRA, a powerful
federal agency with extensive authority to block rules, such views,
“raise serious concerns about the agenda Mr. Sunstein will carry
with him into this position if he is confirmed by the U.S.
Sunstein’s controversial views on animal rights, hunting, and
agriculture caused two senators, Saxby Chambliss (R- Ga.) and John
Cornyn (R- Texas), to temporarily place “holds” on his nomination.
This prevented the nomination from moving forward prior to the
August recess. Though those holds were subsequently removed, there
remains much concern throughout the conservation community.
The groups signing the letter include: Conservation Force,
Dallas Safari Club, Fur Takers of America, Houston Safari Club,
Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, Mule Deer
Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Trappers’
Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pope and Young Club,
Shikar Safari Club, Texas Wildlife Association, U.S. Sportsmen’s
Alliance, Whitetails Unlimited Inc., and the Wild Sheep