The often bombastic Rush Limbaugh has alienated a portion of his conservative base.
Limbaugh has linked up with the rabidly anti-hunting, -trapping and -fishing Humane Society of the United States. This group seeks an end to recreational hunting and fishing and will do so species by species and implement by implement if necessary.
What Limbaugh has done is cut two radio advertisements for the HSUS that deal with dog fighting and an alliance between faith-based people and the group.
But Limbaugh also has praised the HSUS, saying that "animal welfare advocates have been stereotyped in the same manner as religious people," reports the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.
The Alliance takes Limbaugh to task for supporting a group that seeks to end recreational hunting and fishing and place severe restrictions on medical research, the farming and livestock communities.
Limbaugh did not respond to a request for comments regarding a letter sent to him by the Alliance.
"The fact is that every major piece of legislation, lawsuit or ballot issue that would restrict the rights of Americans to hunt originated with (the) HSUS," said Alliance CEO Walter P. Pidgeon Jr. in the open letter.
"While you may truly believe that your partnership is only for the two programs for which you produced two advertisements, their success at gaining perhaps the most prominent conservative voice in America as a spokesman will greatly aid their efforts to maintain their image, while furthering their true radical goals," Pidgeon also said in his April 15 letter to Limbaugh.
The Alliance then goes on to urge sportsmen to call Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays at 800-282-2882.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn