Time is running out to protect black bears, wolves, and coyotes in Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. In late 2016, the Obama administration prohibited the use of cruel traps like leg holds and snares as well as the act of invading these animals’ homes to wipe out entire families. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives voted to repeal this law via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to overturn any recent federal regulations. While the repeal passed in the House, it has yet to be voted on in the Senate.
While predator regulation can be a necessary part of any healthy ecosystem, the motives behind why Congress wants to allow the barbaric slaughter of animals who only just recently gained protections is questionable. The overturn of this law is backed by National Rifle Association (NRA) and Safari Club International, an organization that has gained notoriety for its advocacy of canned hunting and elite trophy hunting. While ideally, we should not have to question the integrity of the people in office, it is an unfortunate reality that many of us face daily. Prior to the Obama administration law, Alaska’s native wildlife was often subject to unscientific practices of predator control. We should only move forwards in terms of helping their populations thrive. But unfortunately, if this law is repealed, we will be moving backward.
Thankfully, we have the power to exercise our voice. Click here to learn your Senators’ contact information and tell them that you will not stand for them to vote for the repeal of the Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, Public Participation, and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Let them know that over half of Alaskans polled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servies (FWS) believed that the use of traps and the killing of animal families in their dens. To vote to repeal the law is a vote against the majority.
Then, sign this petition on Care2 from the International Fund for Animal Welfare and add your voice to the growing number of individuals who stand united against the barbaric hunting and trapping of Alaska’s native wildlife.
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