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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by wireguy, Sep 9, 2009.

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  1. wireguy

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    From Women's Outdoor Wire:


    September 9, 2009 | Category: Industry News
    Sportsmen: Beware of anti's "astroturfing"


    Anti-hunters have begun using a new tactic to advance their agenda known as "astroturfing," according to a U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance article. This term is used to describe incidents where an internet user claims to be someone or something they are not for the purpose of posting comments onto online forums, news stories and blogs. The anti's often will do this on pro-sportsmen forums and news sites, acting as hunters, trying to create divisions within the community.

    A recent example appears to have taken place in North Dakota as a commenter to a Bismarck Tribune story was found to be using a computer registered to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the largest anti hunting group in the U.S.

    The news story dealt with a petition in North Dakota to ban preserve hunting in the state. In the comments section, a person named "Will" appeared to pose as a hunter and stated, " Any real hunter wouldn't have an issue with this - hunting is supposed to be a sport, what sport or skill is it, to kill an animal that is raised for you to kill? Growing up I remember the thrill of the chase. The chase mind you, that doesn't involve fences. Anyone who thinks this will snowball is an idiot - it's practices like this that give hunters a bad name."

    Another commenter noted that they had seen the exact same post by "Will" over at a pro- sportsman blog where he had been exposed by the blog's administrator after discovering that the IP address used by "Will" was registered to HSUS.

    These efforts are becoming more frequent as increasing numbers of people communicate online. Sportsmen should be aware that the anti's are taking advantage of this to attack certain forms of hunting and divide the community. This is particularly detrimental as some media and others look to forums to gauge a particular group's thoughts on a subject. This in turn will make it more difficult for sportsmen to stand together as the anti's move forward with its larger agenda to ban all hunting.

    The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) provides direct lobbying and grassroots coalition support to protect and advance the rights of hunters, trappers, anglers, and scientific wildlife management professionals. The USSA is the only organization exclusively devoted to combating the attacks made on America's sportsman traditions by anti-hunting and animal rights extremists. This is accomplished through coalition building, ballot issue campaigning and legislative and government relations.

    For more information, www.ussportsmen.org
    Contact:
    Greg R. Lawson, Director of Communications
    Ph: (614) 888-4868 ext. 214
    glawson@ussportsmen.org
     
  2. shooterIII

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    I think there are a few on this site.
     
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