Some members of the Senate are determined to use the obscure and rarely employed Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal a rule enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that prohibits controversial and scientifically unjustified killing methods on over 76 million acres of federal lands in Alaska.
The FWS' rule prohibits egregious killing methods and unsustainable predator control including denning of wolves and their pups – involving shooting or trapping the wolves while at their dens in the spring – and using airplanes to scout, land and shoot grizzly bears. The rule does not prevent subsistence hunting on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.
If the rule is overturned by invoking the Congressional Review Act, the FWS will be permanently barred from reinstating it unless Congress passes a law allowing a new rule.
We must act now to ensure Alaska's wildlife is protected! The wildlife on these refuges belong to all Americans, not just a privileged few who want to kill iconic species like wolves and bears for trophies.
Sign and ask your U.S. Senator to oppose Senators Sullivan and Murkowski's Joint Resolution 18, which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.
Subject: Protect Alaskan wildlife from cruel hunting methods
As your constituent, I am urging that you please keep the Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska National Wildlife Refuge rule intact.
Senators Sullivan and Murkowski's S.J. Res. 18 would overturn a FWS rule aimed at protecting native animals, such as wolves, black bears, grizzly bears and coyotes, from some of the most egregious hunting methods.
The FWS' rule is very reasonable and doesn't apply to subsistence hunting, restrict the taking of wildlife for public safety purposes or defense of property, or impede upon the state's right to manage wildlife on its land. It simply prohibits the cruelest methods used to kill our nation's wildlife on national wildlife refuges.
The rule protects over 76 million acres of federal public wildlife refuges in Alaska, which are managed with federal taxes. Congress needs to hear voices from across the nation. Egregious killing methods on federal public lands is unacceptable.
Millions of tourists are drawn to view the animals this rule protects, with wildlife watchers spending over $2 billion in Alaska each year. This is five times the amount hunters spend in Alaska. Alaska's wildlife is worth far more alive than dead, particularly to the state's local communities, which depend on tourism. The wildlife within these refuges are a national treasure and must be protected for future generations. On the majority of federal land in the lower 48, these egregious hunting methods are all banned.
You can help protect our nation's majestic bears, wolves and coyotes in Alaska for future generations. Please keep the FWS Alaska National Wildlife Refuge rule intact.
Thank you. [Your Name]