SENATE VOTES TO ALLOW BRUTAL HUNTING ON WILDLIFE REFUGES ~via Endangered Species Coalition
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that will allow unsustainable and indiscriminate means of killing bears, wolves, and coyotes on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.
This legislation (H.J.R. 69/S.J.R. 18) rescinds a rule put forth by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service last August. This rule protected bears, wolves, and coyotes from means of hunting that are not in keeping with "fair chase" and certainly are not humane or ethical. These protections will be eliminated when this bill is signed into law, and cannot be reinstated again.
Under this legislation, bear cubs and wolf pups (and their mothers) can be killed in their dens; grizzly bears can be chased to their demise from helicopters or planes and piles of sweets and other foods can be used to lure them to an area where they will be shot; indiscriminate use of steel-jaw leghold traps and neck snares will be allowed–all of this on 76 million acres of national wildlife refuges.
The Senate passed this resolution 52 to 47. Find out which side your senators were on and email them accordingly.
Your senators need to know that if they opposed this bill, you appreciate their vote. And if they supported it, let them know you are disappointed with their vote and will be paying attention to future votes that impact vulnerable species. They will certainly be hearing from our opposition.
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