Target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Prevent the passage of a bill that would increase trophy hunting and poaching.
For the past several years, interest groups that include trophy hunters and trappers have been encouraging Congress to pass the SHARE Act, which would loosen restrictions on trophy hunting and trapping, putting multiple endangered species in jeopardy. According to One Green Planet, the bill would require federal agencies to keep almost all federal public land open to hunting and fishing. It also includes trapping in the definition of hunting. This is concerning because trapping puts endangered species at risk as traps claim victims non-selectively.
The bill would also prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from enacting a rule that would prevent ivory from entering the U.S. market. If this bill passes, poachers who hunt elephants for ivory will be able to sell their illegally-obtained products in the United States.
Among other horrendous provisions of the SHARE Act, the bill also removes legal protections for grey wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region. Grey wolves are protected by the Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act; if Congress removes this protection, the species could be wiped out.
It is clear that the SHARE Act will only cater to the interests of hunters, trappers and poachers, but will dramatically set back animal conservation efforts. Sign the petition below to encourage the Senate to vote against this bill.
Dear Senator McConnell,
Various interest groups representing trophy hunters and trappers want Congress to pass the SHARE Act, a bill that would significantly loosen restrictions on their activities. I urge you and your colleagues in the Senate to vote against this bill as it would threaten to wipe out multiple endangered species.
The SHARE Act dramatically expands the amount of land that would be available for hunting and allows hunters to use traps with little restriction. It would also threaten the survival of African elephants by preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from closing a loophole which allows ivory to enter the U.S. market. I am sure you are aware that elephants are endangered because of poachers killing them for their tusks. This bill would only encourage the practice to continue.
Another endangered species, the grey wolf, would also be threatened by the SHARE Act. The bill would completely remove Endangered Species Act protections for grey wolves in some regions, a move that is completely illogical given the species’ dwindling numbers.
We must do everything we can to prevent endangered species from going extinct. If the world’s ecosystems collapse, we will not be able to survive. I urge you to vote against the SHARE Act and sustain protections for endangered animals.
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