OPPOSE: Harmful Federal Animal Legislation (115th Congress)

House of Representatives – Click on each bill number to see if your Representative has cosponsored the bill. If they have not, click here to write them and urge they OPPOSE these bills. Personalized emails (or handwritten notes) have far greater impact than form emails.

H.R. 224 – Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act – A bill name that has nothing to do with the polar bear conservation or fairness. The sole purpose of the bill is to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow for a handful of hunters to import polar bear trophies into the US because those hunters failed to finalize their applications before such importation became illegal when polar bears were given protected status. The few hunters this law would benefit knew the deadlines but failed to act in a timely manner. Now they want to create a loophole that could be exploited in the future by others who fail to follow the proper process. Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

H.R. 424 – Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017 – A bill requiring the USFWS to reissue gray wolf management plans the Western Great Lakes region and Wyoming that were rejected by the courts for being scientifically flawed. The bill will also prohibit concerned citizens, conservation organizations or even scientists from challing this new management plan in court. Sponsors Rep. Colin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

H.R. 527 – Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017 – The bill would impair the federal grouse conservation plans, which took years to develop and are generally acknowledged as among the most ambitious and complex conservation initiatives ever undertaken by the Interior and Agriculture departments, spanning nearly 70 million acres of sage grouse habitat across the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin regions. Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

H.R. 1338 – Horse Protection Amendments Act – Another bill with a misleading title. This bill will further codify the existing cruel practices of soring currently used by a few within the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Sponsors: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

H.R. 2083Sea Lion Killing Act – A bill to allow the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama, and Nez Perce tribes to kill some sea lions that are eating endangered salmon runs during their return from the ocean to inland spawning grounds. Sponsors: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)

SenateClick on each bill number to see if your Senators have cosponsored the bill. If they have not, click here to write them and urge they OPPOSE these bills. Personalized emails (or handwritten notes) have far greater impact than form emails.

S. 164 – A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue the flawed final rules relating to the listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and the State of Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Sponsor: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

S. 273 – Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017 – The bill would impair the federal grouse conservation plans, which took years to develop and are generally acknowledged as among the most ambitious and complex conservation initiatives ever undertaken by the Interior and Agriculture departments, spanning nearly 70 million acres of sage grouse habitat across the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin regions. Sponsor: Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)

S. 368 – Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act – A bill requiring the USFWS to reissue gray wolf management plan that were rejected by the courts for being scientifically flawed. The bill will also prohibit concerned citizens, conservation organizations or even scientists from challing this new management plan in court. Sponsors Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

S. 1514 – Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act – The falsely named bill ends Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for wolves in in the Great Lakes region and bars judicial review of wolf delisting in the Great Lakes and Wyoming. The bill will also prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from ever addressing lead poisoning from fishing gear.

S. 1702 – Sea Lion Killing Act – A bill to allow the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama, and Nez Perce tribes to kill some sea lions that are eating endangered salmon runs during their return from the ocean to inland spawning grounds. Sponsor: Sen. James Risch (R-ID)

Legislation Passed by Congress and Signed into Law by the President

H. J. Res 69 – The law allows for the application of Alaska’s unscientific “predator control” policy on national wildlife refuges in the state, including famous Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska’s predator control program’s goal is to drive down carnivore numbers through extreme practices including killing mother bears with cubs, killing wolves with pups at their dens, and trapping, baiting and using airplanes to hunt bears, all in an effort to increase game populations. Voiding this vital rule not only jeopardizes iconic species in Alaska, but also undermines federal management of our public lands across the entire United States. Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The House voted 225 – 193 in favor of H. J. Res. 69 while the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of H. J. Res. 69. President Trump signed the legislation into Public Law No: 115-20 on April 3, 2017.

*more bills are being added on regular basis.

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