UPDATE : Following the general outcry caused by the passage of this law, a petition was launched by one of our readers, and has already collected a significant number of signatures thanks to you. You can sign it HERE.
That’s it, it’s now official: as of today, Monday, April 10, 2017, wolves and bears will be able to be killed again in Alaska – including babies and hibernating animals, who can be killed by helicopter but also directly in their burrows, when they are most vulnerable.
All that was needed was Donald Trump’s signature to validate a text approved by Congress… it is now done. This new law, which will come into force immediately, reverses a whole series of measures put in place in the United States by former President Barack Obama to regulate hunting practices for these animals.
76.8 million acres of federal reserves and affected protection areas
This law, pushed by Republican senators, marks the end of l’Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rulea law introduced by the Obama administration to prohibit the killing of these animals over a large protected area. The new legislation would not only reopen the hunting of these predators, but also allow hunting practices that many ecologists and animal rights activists consider cruel and cowardly, such as killing babies or shooting hibernating (i.e. motionless and helpless) animals.
How can the simple killing of a sleeping animal be called “hunting”? Where is the “sport” in there? Moral concerns that were far from keeping some members of Congress awake, apparently, since the measure was approved by 52 votes to 47 a few days ago, as we revealed in an article.
Currently, 76.8 million acres of federal reserves and protection zones are affected by this measure, which is being widely criticized and condemned by the most progressive segments of public opinion, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), one of the world’s leading animal welfare organizations.
“What has just happened in the White House today should shock the consciences of all those who love animals a little bit, said Wayne Pacelle, Director of HSUS, in a statement.
But above all, this law will have the merit of pleasing voters: Alaska is indeed one of the strongest bastions of the Republican Party and the conservative right, and the policies of this state know very well how to win the favour of their supporters by talking about “heritage”, “right to self-management” and “sport hunting”…
“It must be understood that it is not just the little polar bears and cute little grizzlies and wolves on television, it is the right of federal states to manage their own resources – and not to let the federal government do it for them, replied Don Young, a member of the House of Representatives, who introduced the controversial bill….
Before adding that, “if Alaskans were not satisfied with this kind of legislation, it was up to them to stop re-electing him or her.”. At 83 years of age, he has been in office since 1973, and has been continuously re-elected as a representative of the 49th State.
UPDATE : Following the general outcry caused by the passage of this law, a petition was launched by one of our readers, and has already collected a large number of signatures thanks to you. You can sign it HERE.