House Passes Controversial Sportsmen’s Heritage Act


A controversial pro-hunting bill, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 274-146 and now heads to the Senate.

This bill combines a number of measures that could negatively impact wildlife, the environment and nature enthusiasts by opening the majority of public lands, including wildlife refuges and national monuments, to hunting and opening portions of roadless areas to motorized vehicles, which are currently prohibited by the Roadless Rule, and could potentially pave the way for logging, mining, drilling and other forms of development in designated Wilderness Areas.

It would also cause problems in three other major areas by allowing the import of polar bear trophies from Canada, preventing the EPA from regulating lead ammunition and undermining current laws that are in place to protect the environment by exempting decisions about hunting and fishing from environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“This bill should be renamed the ‘Sportsmen’s Death Knell Act,” said Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It flies in the face of traditional American hunting values to conserve ― not needlessly kill ― our game. Instead of upholding values dear to many hunters, it degrades wildlife habitat on public lands and mandates continued use of known poisonous lead bullets and sinkers that are unhealthy for hunters and anglers as well as our wildlife. There are powerful reasons we banned toxic lead from gasoline, plumbing and paint; now it’s time to finally rid this toxin from our bullets and fishing sinkers.”

The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act is described as a way to promote hunting and fishing, but hunters and anglers already have access to most federal lands. This legislation won’t do anything but compromise wilderness values and lead to the destructive activities in what’s left of our pristine wilderness.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to vote no on H.R. 4089 and sign the National Parks Conservation Association’s petition opposing hunting and recreational shooting in our national parks.


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ER C4 years ago

Sounds like the demons who are killing & passing bills to kill have a sexual fetish for killing.....and the posing with the kill....sick!!!!! Finally, WHAT THE #UC% CONGRESS !!! You are spending precious time on passing worthless bills like this when you should be pursuing bills that ruin our environment instead of priotecting it ? IDIOTS SELFISH SCUM !!! WORK ON THE BUDGET !!!! or are you too stupid to figure that out......oh yeah you are, cutting jobs & funds on some of our most important needs duuuuuuh. And you Mr. President, GET OUT A CAN OF WOOP ASS & make the classroom clowns in congress get to work and get it done NOW! wow, this country is going to hell in a hand basket.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe4 years ago


federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Firmato la petizione. Grazie per la condivisione.

Lily R.
Lily R.5 years ago

Thank you republicans again for only looking out for your wallets.

Jaya Sinha
jaya Sinha5 years ago

For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

Fran F.

A bill with the word "heritage" in it most likely favors the 1%.

Vanessa B.
Vanessa B5 years ago

Signed. horrible if this passes

Dianne D.
Dianne D5 years ago

I'll contact my Senators but they are republicans and care nothing about the environment or wildlife. They only vote on things to make the wealthy wealthier and big businesses more profitable all at the expense of the middle class, the environment and the wildlife.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi