Target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Reject bill that increases hunting on public lands, removes protected status of wolves, and increases ivory trading.
Increased hunting on public lands, removal of the protected status of wolves in four states, and allowance of small amounts of ivory to be imported from African elephants could all become a reality in the U.S. if a bill passed by the House becomes law.
Supporters say this bill protects the rights of hunters and fishermen, but it could severely threaten the wolf populations in Minnesota, Michigan, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Gray wolves faced extinction in the 1930s and wildlife advocates say the population is still precarious.
The United States is the second largest market for ivory worldwide. Populations of elephants have continued to drop over the past few decades due to poaching for their ivory. According to Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity, “If this misguided legislation is enacted into law, elephants are likely to go extinct in our lifetime.”
If passed, this vote could jeopardize our pristine public lands and the gray wolf and elephant populations. Speak out against this bill to protect our land, gray wolves, and continue restrictions on ivory trading.
Dear Mitch McConnell,
The bill that would open public land for increased hunting, strip protection of gray wolves, and allow small amounts of ivory imports cannot be passed. Increased hunting opens the door for roads to be built and the disruption of pristine lands. While supporters of the bill insist that it protects the rights of sportsmen, it carelessly throws environmental concerns to the wayside.
Gray wolves were nearly driven to extinction in the 1900s due to hunting and poisoning. While the population has grown, experts say that it is still precarious and the gray wolves continue to need protection. By stripping their protected status in Minnesota, Michigan, Wyoming and Wisconsin, the gray wolf’s population stands to be compromised once again.
The elephant population has suffered a great loss in the past few decades due to poaching for their ivory. By allowing even the smallest amount of ivory imports into the United States, this bill undermines international efforts to end ivory trafficking and jeopardizes the African elephant population.
Speak out against this bill and protect our land, gray wolves, and elephants.
[Your Name Here]
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