Saturday, February 18, 2017

Republicans Overturn Obama-Era Law to So Hunters Can Slaughter Bears, Wolves And Their Cubs And Pups In National Wildlife Refuges (UPDATE - Petitions Added)

The Republicans in Congress want to overturn an Obama-era federal law that stops hunters from killing bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges.

If they are successful hunters would once again be able to shoot and trap wolves and bears while in their dens with cubs and use airplanes to scout for potential targets. In addition they would once again be free to trap using wire snares and luring unsuspecting animals with food to get an easy kill.

All they would need is Donald Trump's signature.

Those who support repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres of federal wildlife refuges.

Young argued in the House that the rule seized authority away from the state of Alaska was a clear violation of federal law.

"We have to recognize this is not about the little polar bears, the little grizzly bears or wolves on television, this is about the state's right to manage — not allowing the federal government to do so,"

The House resolution (H.J. Res. 69), which is heavily backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is now set to advance to the Republican controlled Senate and then Donald Trump to sign into law.

Animal rights group The Humane Society aired a TV commercial in the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to urge lawmakers to vote against Young's resolution.

Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society's CEO, said in a statement...

"What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America. If the Senate and President concur, we'll see wolf families killed in their dens [and] bears chased down by planes."

Before President Obama instituted the law Denali National Park in Alaska's interior wilderness released data showing wolf populations had declined substantially. After Obama's law was instituted Denali resident population of 112 wolves rose to 127. This is still far short from the average mean of 200 wolves though.

UPDATE: Please sign these petitions if this bill outrages you as much as it did us!

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