Target: U.S. Senate
Goal: Save endangered gray wolves from being trapped, hunted and chased by hunting hounds.
Congress is threatening endangered wolves and other exotic species with extreme anti-wildlife legislation. The “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015” will jeopardize already endangered species and our environment, and a new amendment would allow the hunting and trapping of wolves in four states.
The Barrassso Amendment #1 would kick gray wolves off of the endangered species list in four states. With this amendment, wolves will lose Endangered Species Act protections. This will expose wolves to trapping and hunting seasons, and would even subject them to being pursued by packs of dogs during Wisconsin’s hound hunting season.
The bill already contains measures that will jeopardize many endangered species, and it goes way beyond subjecting gray wolves to hunting and trapping. It threatens wolverines, endangered birds, and polar bears, among many others. It would allow hunters to import polar bear “trophies” killed in Canada, and federal agencies would be required to open up millions of acres of public lands to hunting and trapping, giving the green light to indiscriminate and inhumane trapping that would put native species of all kinds at untold risk.
The bill would also prohibit the EPA from removing lead from bullets and fishing equipment, exposing millions of birds to lead poisoning every year. California condors, eagles, and at least 70 other wild bird species and scavengers will be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic lead under this plan.
This is the third consecutive year that this bill has been brought to the Senate for consideration. It has failed each previous attempt, and with your help it will fail again. Please sign our petition to ask the U.S. Senate to oppose the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.
Please Oppose S. 405 the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.
I am writing to urge you to oppose S.405 and/or any variant of the recently reintroduced “Sportsmen’s Act.” This bill has a number of alarming provisions.
It would open the door to the import of threatened polar bear trophies, setting a dangerous precedent and giving trophy hunters license to aggressively pursue soon-to-be-listed species with the knowledge that Congress will exempt their actions.
It would direct federal agencies to open up millions of acres of land to sport hunting and trapping. Trapping is an outdated, indiscriminate, and cruel activity that puts native species at untold and unwarranted peril. Further, it exposes recreational trail users and their companion animals to thoroughly unjust harm. Its impact on protected species is well documented and is counter to the stated goals of recovering these species.
It would inexplicably prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from continuing its job of regulating toxic lead in our environment. As a nation, we have removed lead from toys, from gasoline, and from paint. There is no reason to allow the continued use of lead in ammunition or in fishing equipment. This bill ignores the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to lead ammunition and fishing equipment as the major sources of lead poisoning exposure for more than 130 species.
It would expand the number and size of shooting ranges on federal lands. These facilities would introduce even more lead onto our landscapes, threatening wildlife as well as the people that visit.
This bill would set back conservation and impose burdens on users of public lands and on federal agencies charged with managing these lands. For these reasons, I urge you to oppose this bill and any similar legislation.
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