O.F.A.H. applauds move to celebrate our nation’s founding traditions
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), the province’s largest hunting and fishing conservation organization, applauds the introduction of Bill C-465, An Act respecting a National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day by Rick Norlock, Conservative M.P. for Northumberland-Quinte West on October 26, 2009.
“Mr. Norlock has been a staunch supporter of the outdoor community in Canada, and we appreciate this gesture and formal acknowledgement of the significant role that angling, hunting and trapping has played and continues to play in the foundation of Canada,” said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director. “For millions of Canadians, these outdoor activities provide important cultural and social benefits. Through license fees and voluntary efforts, anglers, hunters and trappers also contribute hundreds of millions to fish and wildlife conservation programs across Canada, and billions of dollars annually to the national economy. Mr. Norlock’s bill recognizes these contributions and serves to re-affirm the value of these heritage activities.”
The simple, straightforward bill seeks to designate September 23 as an annual National Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day. It mirrors similar legislation in other jurisdictions, including the U.S., which has celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day since 1972 when it was passed by Congress, proclaimed into law by the President of the United States, and re-affirmed by every President since that time.
Over a century ago, anglers and hunters became the earliest and most diligent supporters of conservation, long before laws or fish and wildlife agencies protecting our valuable natural resources even existed, and helped to create the North American Model of Wildlife Management, the underpinning of all fish and wildlife conservation efforts in both U.S. and Canada. Anglers and hunters were also the first to recognize that development and unregulated use of natural resources were a threat to the future of many species, and supported the creation of laws and regulations governing the sustainable use of these resources.
“Bill C-465 should serve to remind Canadians that anglers, hunters and trappers are wise stewards of our valuable fish and wildlife resources, the driving force behind the re-introduction and protection of many species that may have otherwise been threatened, and are among the leaders of the conservation movement that dates back to the 19th century,” said Reader.
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.