President Trump has been working to expand hunting and fishing on public lands. The Department of Interior has opened up millions of acres for hunting, putting numerous species at risk.
Environmental groups are fighting back against the changes. The Center for Biological Diversity announced it planned to file a lawsuit to stop the change. “We’re going to court to ensure that our nation’s wildlife refuges can actually provide refuges for wildlife,” said Collette Adkins, the center’s carnivore conservation director. ”We’ve never before seen such a massive expansion of bad hunting practices on these public lands.”
“Hunting and fishing are a part of our American history, and we continue to ensure we provide opportunities for these activities which epitomize our American heritage,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “Furthermore, we have maintained our commitment to promoting good government by reducing the regulatory burden by working with states to facilitate these outdoor activities.” Over 850 places have been opened for hunting and fishing with this order.
The Trump administration has moved to roll back 100 environmental protection since he took office. Read more about Trump’s attacks on the environment that hurt animals including the Safe Drinking Water Act and plans to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
With a new administration in the White House in January, we hope this change is reversed by the Biden-Harris administration.
We cannot allow the government to do this. Sign these related petitions to help stop this:
- Ban Hunters From Killing Hibernating Bears and Cubs
- Don’t Allow the Trump Administration to Gut the Endangered Species Act
- A Former Trophy Hunting Attorney Was Appointed to Work in Wildlife Conservation
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