[ SHOWGSD-L ] HOW HSUS, PETA AND OTHERS GET TAX PAYER FUNDING FOR THEIR ANTI TYPE LAWSUITS

  • From: Stormy Hope <Stormy435@xxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:13:38 -0800

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> HOW HSUS, PETA AND OTHERS GET TAX PAYER FUNDING FOR THEIR ANTI TYPE  
> LAWSUITS
> Would you like to make a donation to HSUS or PETA? You already have.  
> Environmental groups, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS),  
> PETA and others often get their legal fees reimbursed by the federal  
> government under the Equal Justice Act. In 2007, for example,  
> $280,000 of your tax dollars went directly to HSUS when they  
> successfully stopped the delisting of wolves (emotion won over  
> science) from the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota.
> Your tax money is going straight to anti-hunting, anti-fishing and  
> anti-pet groups that file lawsuits to end legal hunting and fishing  
> opportunities and introduce anti-pet legislation. If that?s not  
> enough, taxpayers gave more than $436,000 to anti-hunting groups for  
> blocking wolf management in the northern Rockies. All told, 13  
> environmental and anti-hunting groups, sued the federal government  
> 1,159 times in the last 10 years and were reimbursed an estimated  
> $34 million in legal fees from the federal government. Many of those  
> suits had a direct impact on our freedom to hunt and fish. Wonder  
> why the government is running a deficit? Wonder no more.
> Two sources of federal money provide reimbursement for legal fees  
> for any individual or organization that files a lawsuit against the  
> federal government and wins. One source is the Judgment Fund, a  
> congressional line-item appropriation used mainly for cases related  
> to the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.
> Karen Budd-Falen, a property-rights attorney from Wyoming who has  
> tracked the rising tide of enviro-litigation, discovered that over  
> $1 billion in payments from the Judgment Fund went out in just the  
> first half of 2007 alone. ?It?s hard to tell (specifically) because  
> the federal government is not required to track individual  
> payments,? Karen stated.
> The second source is the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), which  
> was aimed at helping individuals and small businesses take on the  
> federal government. The EAJA prohibits reimbursement to for-profit  
> corporations worth more than $7 million; however, non-profit groups  
> are exempt. HSUS had about $162 million in net assets; nevertheless,  
> HSUS received nearly $1.5 million from the federal government for 15  
> legal cases.
> Look at the staffs of these various groups and it?s clear that  
> they?ve mastered the system.
> Many of these suits have little or nothing to do with actually  
> preserving wildlife or habitat. ?Environmental litigation is a big,  
> profitable business, pure and simple,? says Karen. Karen says these  
> groups block access to public land and prevent sound timber  
> management on public land in the name of protecting endangered  
> species.
> Many of the suits center on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?s  
> (USFWS) failure to respond to an endangered species petition in a  
> ?timely manner.? That?s one reason groups flood the USFWS with  
> endangered-species-listing petitions. The USFWS has 90 days to  
> consider each animal listed in a petition and a year to make a final  
> determination to list the species it deems to be endangered or  
> threatened. It?s all but impossible to make those deadlines when the  
> system is overwhelmed, says Karen, but that?s exactly why these  
> groups file bulk petitions.
> In many cases, money taken from a specific agency, such as the  
> Forest Service, to pay for the lawsuits could have been spent on  
> other programs that benefit game and non-game species along with  
> hunter and fishermen?s access to public land.
> Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sponsored the Open Equal Access  
> to Justice  Act (OEAJA) HR 4717 of 2010 in the last Congress. This  
> act would have shed light on exactly who is receiving legal fees  
> under the original EAJA?currently the government doesn?t have to  
> keep publicly available records of these payouts. It had 27  
> cosponsors. A companion bill was making its way through the U.S.  
> Senate. Both bills died in the last Congress. It needs to be re- 
> introduced in the current Congress. After all hasn?t the present  
> administration stated they want ?transparency??


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