“If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law, it will be a death sentence for wolves, elephants and other vulnerable wildlife. We need you to help stop this lethal bill in its tracks!” – Defenders of Wildlife, Washington D.C.
So, a Senate rejection or Presidential veto is now the only possible recourse to stop it – Petition for US Citizens Only
“The only good news is that the SHARE Act is so chock-full of insanely far-reaching provisions that it almost certainly cannot pass the Senate or win a signature from the President in this current form. Given that at least two of his priority rule making actions would be negated by this legislation, I cannot imagine that President Obama would sign it” – US Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle.
According to the summary by the Animal Welfare Institute, these bills will:
• “Prevent the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture from regulating lead — a potent and dangerous neurotoxin — in fishing tackle and ammunition. An estimated 10-20 million animals die from lead poisoning each year in the United States after ingesting lead shot, bullet fragments, and sport fishing waste.” (Audubon Madison has testified that over a million songbirds die annually from lead shot littering land and water, just in Wisconsin.)
• “Take the unprecedented step of defining trapping as a form of hunting. This would open up more federal lands to the setting of steel-jaw leghold traps and other body-gripping traps that pose grave risks to public safety, wildlife, and even companion animals.
• “Declare that millions of acres of public lands are automatically open to hunting and trapping without any scrutiny. Public land managers seeking to disallow these activities in order to protect wildlife, habitat, and the public would face huge bureaucratic hurdles.
• “Compel the National Park Service to allow private hunters to shoot bison in Grand Canyon National Park as part of its management plan.
• “Halt the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to protect elephants from poaching and to curb the demand for ivory.
• “Allow the importation of polar bear carcasses. This provision rewards hunters who raced to kill polar bears for trophies before their listing under the Endangered Species Act. Granting waivers such as this sets a dangerous precedent and signals to trophy hunters that they can flout the law.”
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