Alaska’s Wildlife Could Be Threatened By Extremely Cruel Hunting Practices Again

Last August, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) banned some of the most egregious hunting practices used to slaughter wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Unfortunately, that ban is now being threatened by Congress.

The rule banned killing bears with traps and snares, killing brown bears over bait, hunting black and brown bear cubs and mothers with cubs (for non-subsistence purposes), killing wolves and coyotes with pups during denning season and aerial hunting of bears on the same day they were seem from aircraft.

The change to protect some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife was widely supported by the state’s residents and celebrated by conservationists. These are wild animals who live on public lands that belong to all of us, and the FWS has both the authority and obligation to ensure that they’re not managed just for a single special interest group that would continue to wantonly slaughter our native predators – especially in an effort to boost populations of deer and elk, just so they can be killed too.

These predators aren’t just inherently valuable and an important part of the ecosystem, they’re also a major draw for tourists, who get to enjoy opportunities to view wildlife, like this one:

Unfortunately, this common sense rule is now being threatened by the introduction of a resolution, H.J. Res. 69, that if passed would overturn the FWS rule and once again subject Alaska’s wildlife to these senseless, unethical and scientifically unjustifiable hunting practices.

The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Don Young, would also prevent the FWS from reinstating it.

“Killing hibernating bears, shooting wolf pups in their dens, and chasing down grizzlies by aircraft and then shooting them on the ground is not the stuff of some depraved video game,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “It is exactly what Don Young is trying to restore on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.  No decent person should support this appalling, despicable treatment of wildlife.”

Now, state and national animal advocacy organizations, including the HSUS and Animal Welfare Institute, are urging people to speak up on behalf of Alaska’s wildlife to ensure the state can’t move backward and again allow these barbaric practices. The HSUS will also be running an ad on major media outlets depicting some of the horrifying ways wildlife has been killed in an effort to raise awareness and get more people to oppose undoing this rule.

TAKE ACTION!

Please add your voice to those working to protect Alaska’s wildlife from cruel hunting methods by signing and sharing the petition urging the U.S. House of Representatives to uphold the FWS rule.

Photo credit: NPS/Daniel A. Leifheit

98 comments

Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

So horrible and sickening Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Deplorable and despicable Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Sadly signed. Cease all hunting so cruel Thank you for caring and sharing

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One Heart i
One Heart inc3 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Marie W
Marie W7 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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Melania P
Melania P8 months ago

Shame, shame! I don't understand the hate behind this, animals are not at fault! Why do they have to suffer? Who wins what?? The US is going back to the dark ages, really, so sad

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Kay M
Kay M9 months ago

sad. signed.

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Connie O
Connie O9 months ago

Previously signed, and notified my state senator. TY.

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Cathy B
Cathy B9 months ago

Thank you for posting!

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Emma W
Emma W9 months ago

Please uphold the FWS rule!

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