Former Rep. Joe Heck received criticism this week after he posted a picture on Instagram of himself posing next to a slain zebra with the caption, “Great start to safari — two off my list: Zebra and Black Wildebeast.”
Heck, who signed with Nevada-based lobbying firm RedRock Strategies after losing to Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto in the state’s 2016 Senate race, registered in April to lobby for PETA on a bill, H.R. 1243, that would require the Department of Defense to replace live animal-based trauma care training with human-based training methods for military personnel.
The bill has been stuck in the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities since late March.
“Dr. Heck worked with PETA to end the stabbing and shooting of animals in cruel and archaic battlefield trauma training drills — a practice that’s on its way out. His expertise was valuable,” PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said in a statement.
The former congressman could not be reached by email for this story.
“1. Hunters fund conservation far more than any ‘humane’ society; 2. The meat is donated back to the people who need it; 3. Humans have been hunting their entire existence,” Joey Heck tweeted Wednesday.
Since a lot of u like to subtweet from a private Twitter I’ll tweet and hope u see it
1. Hunters fund conservation far more than any “humane”’society
2. The meat is donated back to the people who need it
3. Humans have been hunting their entire existence
— Joey Heck (@notjoeyheck) June 28, 2018