Last week’s vote on HJ Res 69 was one of the most disturbing actions by Congress in more than a quarter century of political advocacy for animals. By a 225 to 195 vote, a narrow majority of the US House voted to rescind a rule from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to forbid the worst wildlife management practices introduced to the field in the last century – shooting hibernating bears with their cubs and denning of wolves and their pups; using airplanes to scout, land, and shoot grizzly bears; and baiting and trapping black and grizzly bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and neck wire snares.
Both obedience to and fear of the NRA and Safari Club International, along with an interest in securing campaign donations from those groups and their supporters, drove more than 200 lawmakers to vote against good sense and common decency.
Nonetheless, I’m proud to report that all our US House Rep’s voted against this senseless resolution. Please send your congressperson a quick message of thanks: humanesociety.org/leglookup
Now, we look to the US Senate to prevent this disgraceful action, and ask our US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey to oppose SJ Res 18 and to encourage their colleagues to join them in voting NO.
Senator Warren can be reached at:
Boston: (617) 565-3170
Washington: (202) 224-4543
Senator Markey can be reached at:
For more details on this atrocious bill, see this statement from the Humane Society.