URGENT - Oppose rollback of critical wildlife protections in Alaska

In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a rule to protect native wildlife on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from inhumane and nonselective hunting and trapping practices. Now the U.S. Senate is considering a measure (H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18) to eliminate these protections.

The rule prohibits certain unsporting and irresponsible practices authorized by the Alaska Board of Game for taking native wildlife on the state's national wildlife refuges including:

  1.     Killing black bears, including cubs and mothers at den sites;
  2.     Relying on cruel body-gripping traps and snares to kill black and brown bears;
  3.     Aerial tracking and gunning of black and brown bears;
  4.     And so much more.

These practices threatens animals with inhumane capture and killing, disrupts ecosystems, and runs counter to traditional fair chase principles.

Urge your senators to vote NO on H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18.

Letter subject line: Vote NO on H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18

Dear [Senators],

I urge you to OPPOSE H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18, a measure to roll back the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) rule concerning "Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska" (Alaska NWR rule).

FWS issued this rule to protect native wildlife — bears, wolves, and other iconic species — on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from inhumane, nonselective and unsporting hunting and trapping practices. The Alaska NWR rule safeguards ecosystem balance and ensures that efforts to boost game species' populations do not supersede the public's interest in protecting national wildlife refuges, including animals and their habitats, for the use and enjoyment of all Americans.

The FWS rule does not prohibit all hunting on refuges — it simply limits use of the most inhumane, indiscriminate and ecologically indefensible methods of killing keystone species. The rule is consistent with the Service's mandate to provide for a variety of public uses, including wildlife watching, photography, fishing and education on national wildlife refuges, and it strikes a balance between consumptive and non-consumptive uses.

Please stand up for the rights of all Americans to enjoy Alaska's national wildlife refuges — reject H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18.

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