Today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President of Defenders of Wildlife, referred to as “another heartbreaking day,” with the tragic news that both the Senate and House of Representatives have approved a controversial resolution that authorizes extreme killing methods of certain animals on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.
As previously reported by WAN, the devastating vote in favor of H. J. Resolution 69, is a horrific death sentence for bears and wolves in Alaska.
By overturning an Obama administration regulation that put restrictions on how these animals could be killed, Alaska national wildlife refuges may now be open for the state to allow such atrocities as the killing of wolves and pups during the spring and summer “denning” season; gunning down mother bears and their cubs while they are hibernating; baiting and snaring bears and their cubs; and enabling trophy hunters to use aircraft to chase Grizzly Bears before landing to kill them.
The decision, apparently, the latest attempt by a Republican-heavy Congress to negate Obama-era instituted regulations, was based on the dubious 1996 Congressional Review Act; in turn, negating a regulation, preventing such savage attacks, that was passed less than one year ago, by Fish and Wildlife Services.
“Killing hibernating bears, shooting wolf pups in their dens, and chasing down grizzlies by aircraft and then shooting them on the ground is not the stuff of some depraved video game really. It is real…” Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) previously noted. “The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International are pushing for the green-light of these practices, to their great dishonor.
Congressman Don Young of Alaska introduced the egregious resolution.
No other states permit the use of aircraft to hunt Grizzly Bears and Maine is the only state allowing bear trapping, explained Pacelle, and Idaho is the only state that allows shooting wolves around their dens.
We cannot let the passing of this tragic resolution go unnoticed. Please contact your state representatives and congressmen to say that the killing of our nation’s precious wildlife in Alaska must NOT be permitted. They must be protected!
Source: Defenders of Wildlife, HSUS
Photo Credits: wildernesswatch.org, csmonitor.com