In yet another dramatic turn in the wellbeing of wildlife under the Trump administration, The US House of Representatives voted to overturn a cruel ban on hunting practices that previously protected animals in Alaskan refuges. On over 70 millions acres of land in Alaska, hunters will be permitted to enter dens where bears are hibernating and kill entire families if this resolution becomes law. In addition, hunters will also be able to shoot wolf families along with their pups if the Senate and President approve this measure.
“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), continued, ”If the Senate and President concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.”
The law, if overturned, would also allow hunters to lure animals with food and shoot them at point-blank range in these Alaskan refuges.
And why does this matter? Because these types of cruel and inhumane hunting practices threaten the numbers of native apex predators, thereby upsetting the ecosystem and throwing the balance off.
Despite the fact that an overwhelming number of hunters support the ban on these barbaric practices, Representative Doug Young from Alaska, who previously worked as a commercial animal trapper and fisherman, still introduced the measure, known as H.J. Resolution 69. And Congress voted 225 to 193 last week in favor of it.
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