Photo: Ruby Blossom Animal Legal Defense Fund
Some hunters still believe that they protect animals. They keep saying that without them, animal population would be out of control. Really? Is that why wildlife population of many species is not on the verge of extinction? Because hunters are so great at taking care of wildlife?
“Should large swaths of wildlife habitat be opened up to hunting, trapping, fishing, and shooting? Should biologists be blocked from making decisions about how to protect this habitat? Should “sportsmen” have free reign to import “trophy” polar bear corpses, even though they are listed as an endangered species?
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no!” But that’s what the “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014,” proposes to do.
This bill is harmful to wildlife and natural areas in many ways, and would force local land managers to give priority to trapping, hunting, fishing and shooting over all the other ways that Americans and their families enjoy Federal lands, such as hiking, biking, bird watching and kayaking. We all should be able to experience our public lands free from the dangers posed by the tiny minority of those who hunt animals. We also should be free to have those lands and wildlife protected from the dangers of lead poisoning (from lead bullets) — an issue this bill expressly forbids scientists from even considering.
Take action to protect wildlife habitat by calling your U.S. Senator today. It only takes a couple minutes, but your calls and phone messages have a powerful impact with legislators. ”
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