- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2001

The animal rights group Fund for Animals has sent an open letter to the editors of more than 2,000 newspapers that asks them not to publish any outdoors columns that would promote hunting or trapping.
The FFA, founded in 1967 by author, television critic and vociferous anti-hunting proponent Cleveland Amory, has been relatively quiet in recent years compared to its bigger cousin, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But by taking a shot at newspaper editors, it is possible it hopes to regain some of the publicity (read fund-raising ability) it has lost.
The FFA also sent a similar request to the heads of ESPN and Comcast, asking them to stop broadcasting hunting shows. It only will be a matter of time before recreational fishing also becomes the target of the animal rights group. PETA already is hard at work sending anti-fishing messages across the land.
The FFA apparently is getting support from Marv Levy, the former coach of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Levy for some reason has turned against hunting as a viable recreational activity. "I don't consider hunting a sport; I consider it murder," he says. Fund for Animals program coordinator Norm Phelps is more than happy to use Levy's anti-hunting stance in a national campaign that hopes to see hunting eventually outlawed across the continent.
Heidi Prescott, the national director of FFA, suggests that sport hunting is on the wane in the United States. "America's values are changing," she says. "Today, only a tiny fraction of Americans hunt. We're maturing as a society, and the Fund for Animals is calling on America's sports media to reflect that change."

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