Oppose Shooting Wolves and Their Pups in Dens and Killing Brown Bear Mothers and Cubs
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Like so many others, I deeply respect wolves and bears. Because I lived in Alaska for over 37 years, I was privileged to see magnificent wolves and bears in the wild, including in National Wildlife Refuges such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. These extraordinary animals are part of our national heritage. Watching a mother wolf and her pups or a mother grizzly and her cubs reminded me and reminds us all of the family of life we share, supported by our national lands and our humanity.
That is why I am so outraged by and opposed to a Resolution that has already been passed by Congress and will, unless President Donald Trump vetoes it, be law.This Resolution -- H.J.Res69 -- REPEALS important U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Protecting Wolves and Bears in National Wildlife Refuges from brutal, inhumane killing practices.
Last year, the U. S .Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated critically needed regulations banning cruel and unsporting practices in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. These FWS regulations were the product of a long, deliberate process that included months of scientific review and substantial feedback. Among others, I testified in favor of these environmentally and ethically sound regulations.
The thoughtfully promulgated regulations prohibit – on nationally owned and managed refuge lands – brutal practices including shooting hibernating bears with their cubs and killing mother wolves and pups in their dens; using airplanes to scout, land, and shoot grizzly bears; baiting; and trapping black and grizzly bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and neck wire snares. These are grotesque, inhumane, and barbaric practices that certainly do not belong on our National Wildlife Refuge Lands.
Unless President Trump hears from you, he will sign H.J.Res.69 into law, which will allow the killing of wolves and pups in their dens and other inhumane practices on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska (which comprise over 80% of all National Wildlife Refuge land in the country and belong to all Americans.)
To learn more, read the excellent LA Times Editorial: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-alaska-refuge-20170318-story.html
I strongly urge you to sign this petition and also to call the White House (202-456-1111) and/or e-mail the White House (click on and see bottom of this page:https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call to oppose this bill. President Trump needs to know about this. It is abhorrent, and these barbaric assaults on wildlife and our National Wildlife Refuges should not be reinstated under the cloak of ignorance and darkness. And please pass this message on to others.
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