Only in California.
California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards is under fire from activist groups and liberal politicians in California – for legal hunting. Richards posed for a picture holding a mountain lion he killed in Idaho, and declared “I’m glad it’s [hunting] legal in Idaho,” sparking outraged calls for his resignation.
Hunting mountain lions is perfectly legal in Idaho. Mountain lions are not endangered in California, but a wildlife amendment known as Proposition 117 was passed by California voters in 1990, which banned the hunting of mountain lions in California.
If Richards were to cross back into California with the mountain lion, he would be in violation of California law. But he did not do so.
Activist groups and liberal politicians attacked Richards for disrespecting the will of Californians – by obeying California law and hunting out of state.
Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman huffed: "He's thumbing his nose at California law. He's mocking it. Frankly, I think he should face the music and step down. He's done something that's a disgrace to his position and to responsible hunters in California."
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, complained: “It’s not illegal (in Idaho), but he’s thumbed his nose at the people of California. He’s supposed to be representing the interests of all California citizens. It seems like such a tone-deaf action. What part of ‘no’ doesn’t he understand?”
So Richards’ choosing to hunt for mountain lion where it is legal is equivalent to “thumbing his nose at California law?”
The “full faith and credit” clause of the Constitution forces states to respect the laws of other states. In other words, Richards is being attacked for engaging in a perfectly legal activity.
Others are calling for Richards’ removal via petition. Care2.com has produced a petition calling for the resignation of Richards. Soros-funded Change.org website has put out several petitions calling for the removal of Richards from office.
The intolerance of the left for action it disagrees with knows no bounds – even completely legal activities draw their ire.
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