The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a dangerous move backed by the NRA and other pro-hunting groups which would have disastrous consequences for animals. The shocking SHARE Act was designed to make it easier for trophy hunters, trappers, and the firearms manufacturing industry to ply their trade, all at the expense of wildlife.
What are some of the provisions of the SHARE Act? According to A Humane Nation, the blog of Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the SHARE Act would remove wolves from the Endangered Species Act in four U.S. states, allowing for their trapping using steel leg-hold traps. It would also permit the hunting of grizzly bears and wolves in Alaskan wildlife refuges from the air.
The SHARE Act would also allow for the hunting of deer with packs of dogs on some federal lands. It would also permit a rollback of the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow hunters to bring the heads of polar bears they shot in Canada into the U.S. Additionally, the Act would block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from stopping the ivory trade in the U.S. The provisions of the SHARE Act would benefit not only the powerful gun lobby, but also the most extreme type of trophy hunters, like the dentist Walter Palmer who killed Cecil the lion.
What’s the good news in all of this horror? A Humane Nation reports that because the proposed legislation is so extreme, it would not likely pass the Senate or ever be signed into law by President Obama. Want to help ensure that the SHARE Act will never become law? Contact your Senators and tell them to say NO to the SHARE Act by clicking HERE. You can also sign THIS PETITION.
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