A few of things you should know about this bill:
- It will weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act by allowing polar bear trophy hunters to import sport-hunted bears from Canada
- It will open up millions of acres of sensitive public lands to hunting
- It will further delay the inevitable switchover by hunters from using toxic lead shot to non-toxic ammunition
As of May 2008 the U.S has listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In Canada and Russia, polar bears are listed as a species of special concern.
So this act allows polar bear trophy hunters to bring their bear heads and hides back into the U.S. encouraging more hunters to kill more bears. Worse than that, it will open up huge swaths of protected wilderness areas to public hunting, and facilitate sport hunting in national parks. And the icing on the cake? This bill, already passed by the House of Representatives, would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from stopping the use of lead shot, which poisons millions of wild animals every year, including the endangered California Condor!
You can read the entire article from the Humane Society of the United States here and more importantly, TAKE ACTION by contacting your U.S. Senators and telling them that you are appalled by this bill and you want them to vote against it.
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