FOR SENATORS FEINSTEIN AND HARRIS: (DC switchboard (202) 224-3121, other #’s below.)
Say “NO ” to H.J. Res. 69 “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on Nation Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”.
Script: “Hi, my name is (_______) and I’m a constituent from (City, Zip). I’m calling to ask Senator (____) vote “ NO” on H.J. Res. 69. This resolution will void the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, which will threaten the ecosystem by decimating native carnivore populations through cruel and extreme measures. This, in turn, will cause irreparable damage to our country’s wildlife heritage on public lands that belong to all of us. Protecting America’s wildlife and our wildlife refuges is important to all Americans. Thank you for your hard work. (If leaving a voicemail: leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.)
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MORE ABOUT H.J. Res. 69:
(Actual Title) “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on Nation Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”.
If approved by the Senate and signed by the President, H.J. Res. 69 will hand jurisdiction over the hunting of bears, wolves and coyotes on Alaska’s 20 million acres of federally protected national preserves to the state, against the specifically stated rules of the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act. In 2015 and 2016, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned “predator control” laws. These laws, in place since 1994, were meant to maximize game populations for recreational hunting. The ban does not apply to subsistence hunting or to lands not protected by the federal government.
H.J. Res. 69 was introduced by Alaskan Congressman Don Young, and the Humane Society of the US has launched a television advertising campaign to expose this reprehensible effort to overturn the federal ban and once again allow inhumane practices such as killing hibernating bears in their dens, shooting wolf puppies at point-blank range and chasing down grizzlies by aircraft, all to be performed by private citizens within the borders of our national wildlife refuges.
The goal of H.J. Res. 69’s supporters, which include the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, is to once again artificially increase the numbers of caribou and moose, turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” for wealthy recreational hunters. Although the State of Alaska filed a suit to remove this ban and H.J. Res. 69 was proposed by their own Congressman, it is opposed by most Alaskans, both for the sheer cruelty of it, but also for fear that it will destroy a tourism industry of wildlife watchers that contributes over $2 billion to Alaska’s economy. Wildlife experts also point to the ecosystem destruction that occurs when the number of natural predators is artificially reduced.
If you haven’t seen this video about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and their positive effect on the environment, it is worth 4 minutes of your time. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q)
The House of Representatives has already passed this! Five Democrats voted with the Republicans, citing state’s rights. However, states don’t have the right to dictate what happens on our national wildlife refuges. There is no excuse for this bill to have gotten this far.
It was sent to the Senate on 2/17/17. It needs to stop there.
Alaskan poll on “predator control” methods: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2016/03/alaska-nwr-cruel-practices-030116.html?credit=blog_post_021617_id8790