NO on Hunting
Michigan's Bird of Peace
Published November 21, 2003.
Green Party of Michigan.
on State Senate to Oppose HB 5029
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) voted this week
to oppose a bill currently in the state Legislature, House Bill
5029, which aims to open a hunting season on the mourning dove
-- a bird the House has designated the Michigan
Bird of Peace.
The party's public statement cites that legislative declaration
-- in House Resolution 244 of 1998, adopted March 25 of that
year -- and the traditional public regard for the dove as the
symbol of peace.
The Senate is currently considering a parallel resolution, Senate
Resolution 192, introduced on November 4, as well as HB5029 which
has already passed the House. Both measures are in committee.
The GPMI statement calls on the Senate to reject HB5029 "and
any other dove hunting measure," and urges peace loving
Michigan citizens to join in the call.
In discussing the issue, Greens acknowledged that hunting is
"an important activity to many Michigan residents",
and has contributed to the preservation of habitat for some wild
animals. But the party does not believe hunting doves, "the
traditionally and legally recognized bird of peace, is a vital
part of anyone's way of life or subsistence."
Opposing HB5029 and Dove Hunting
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI)
opposes House Bill 5029, and any other measure to promote hunting
of the mourning dove -- recognized throughout the state as Michigan's
official bird of peace, in accordance with House Resolution 244
of 1998 (adopted March 25, 1998).
GPMI recognizes that hunting is an important activity to many
Michigan residents. However, we reject the idea that hunting
of the traditionally - and legally recognized bird of peace is
a vital part of anyone's way of life or subsistence.
Accordingly, GPMI calls on all members of the Michigan Senate
to reject HB5029 and any other dove hunting measure, and we urge
all Michigan citizens with a respect for peace to contact their
State Senators and tell them to oppose dove hunting.
For more information about the
Green Party of Michigan, please visit the GPMI web site: http://www.migreens.org