It's Hunters vs. Rush in Righty Showdown

Sportsmen's groups angry over pundit's ads for Humane Society
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 10:48 AM CDT
It's Hunters vs. Rush in Righty Showdown
Television host Ellen DeGeneres, looks on, as actress Portia de Rossi speaks after accepting an award at the 23rd Annual Genesis Awards presented by The Humane Society, March 28, 2009.    (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Can hunters do what other critics have conspicuously failed to do: face down Rush Limbaugh without taking it back? Recreational shooters' groups are incensed that Limbaugh has been doing public-service radio spots for the Humane Society, denouncing dogfighting and animal cruelty, the Washington Times reports. It's not that they love dogfighting or cruelty, they say, but that Rush is supporting an organization they call "public enemy number one for sportsmen."

"Despite a few programs designed to attract support from the general public," a coalition of 28 sportsmen's groups wrote to Limbaugh, the Humane Society "is in fact an organization that opposes hunting, fishing, and trapping." They asked Limbaugh to stop "helping them to mainstream their image in the minds of reasonable people."

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