Urgent Help Needed To Save Alaska’s Grizzly Bears & National Wildlife Refuges; Voting To Reverse Current Protection May Take Place Within 24 Hrs.

The North American Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Jeff Flocken, has issued an urgent plea for people to contact their Congress members urging them to save Alaska’s wildlife and public lands; which are being threatened by a new bill that may be voted in less than 24 hours.

The bill, referred to as S.J. Res. 18 in the Senate and H.J. Res. 69 in the House of Representatives, would reverse a vital rule that protects wildlife from cruel hunting and trapping practices in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued the Alaska national wildlife refuge (NWR) rule in 2016, with IFAW’s support, to protect native wildlife.

If overturned, bears, wolves and other iconic species in Alaska would be put in extreme danger.

Alaska’s national wildlife refuges are home to some of our country’s most captivating species,” noted Flocken. “We must not let these protected lands be turned into cruel kill zones.”

While the Alaska NWR rule did not outlaw hunting completely, it did make specific inhumane and ecologically indefensible hunting practices against the law.

If H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18 passes, these cruel practices will then be legal. Among the practices that are at risk of being reinstated on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges include; the killing of coyote, bear, and wolf mothers and their pups in their dens; the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and wire neck snares to trap and kill grizzly bears; enabling aircraft to chase and gun down grizzly bears; and baiting and luring bears to areas where hunters are waiting to kill them.

“No animal should have to suffer on public lands that are set aside for their protection,” concluded Flocken.

Source: IFAW
Photo Credit: Alaska Bear Tours


More on this topic

Popular stories

Help Put Pressure On The Trump Administration To Ban Import Of Wild Animal “Trophies” In The U.S. Sign Petition Now!

As WAN reported earlier this week, the Trump administration quietly shifted its position on allowing the import of elephant and lion trophies into the...

Update! Mysterious Hairless Bear Recovering Nicely At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center In San Diego

A mysterious hairless animal that was found in a dumpster late last month in Butte County, California, is continuing to recover at The Fund...

Breaking! Airbnb Launches New Category Featuring More Than 1,000 Ethical Experiences Around The World That Put Animal Welfare First

Airbnb announced today that it is launching a new category of Animal Experiences. The new offering is guided by a premiere animal welfare policy created...