Photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Please contact your Senators and tell them to oppose the audacious hunter and trapper power grab that is S. 2066, the so-called “Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.” This bill is northing more than a desperate power grab to open up ALL of our public lands, including National Parks, to more hunting, trapping, and recreational shooting. The House version of this bill H.R. 4089 also included a provision to allow trophy hunters the opportunity to import the bodies of the polar bears that they killed in Canada which is currently illegal to do in the United States. More shameless pandering to the rich SCI trophy hunter crowd. That horrible bill which mostly mirrors S. 2066, passed the Republican controlled House last week. The Democrats in the Senate and President Obama already sold out the wolves in the Northern Rockies last year by agreeing to the shameless “Tester Rider.” Please remind them of that vote and that we are currently in an election season. President Obama has already done quite a bit to anger those in the environmental movement who supported him in 2008. Does he really want to alienate us even more by signing bill that is an all out assault on our wildlife?
These bills are nothing more than a shameless power grab to appease the defenders of a dying “sport” and those who wish to exploit our public lands for their own selfish wants. Most of our national forests and deceptively named National Wildlife Refuge system already allow many of these activities to take place, yet many in Congress want to turn ALL of our public lands into killing grounds and shooting ranges to appease SCI, the NRA and other likeminded groups and individuals.
Please take action and tell your Senators to OPPOSE this horrible bill.