Your Help Is Urgently Needed to Protect Wildlife
On July 10, the Senate failed to secure the required 60 votes for passage of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. This bill, opposed by the Animal Welfare Institute and countless other animal protection and conservation groups, would have had substantial and direct adverse impacts on wildlife, public health, and existing conservation efforts by weakening protections offered by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Toxic Substances Control Act, and would interfere with the authority of federal agencies responsible for managing natural resources.
“AWI is gratified by the failure of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act in the Senate,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for AWI. “AWI commends those senators who stood strong against this ill-conceived legislation.”
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will consider the Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 3590), or "SHARE Act," an attack on our nation's wildlife and habitat. If enacted, H.R. 3590 will have substantial and direct adverse impacts on wildlife, public health and existing conservation efforts. This bill would weaken protections offered by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Toxic Substances Control Act, and would interfere with the authority of federal agencies responsible for managing natural resources. Included in the bill's language are provisions that would:
- Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act to regulate hazardous substances—including lead, a dangerous neurotoxin—released by ammunition and sport fishing waste.
- Encourage federally funded construction and expansion of public shooting ranges on state and federal land, including land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
- Amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to permit importation of polar bear carcasses taken before the species was listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act in 2008—including those taken despite multiple warnings of an imminent ban on imports.
This legislation is similar to legislation that passed the House last session. If enacted, it will interfere with important statutory protections affecting animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Please join us in opposing H.R. 3590.
What you can do:
The House is moving quickly on this bill, so your help is urgently needed today. Please contact your representatives by phone, email, or fax and tell them to oppose H.R. 3590!
You can identify your representatives, find their contact information, and send them an email via AWI's online Compassion Index.
As one of your constituents, I urge you to help protect wildlife, human health, and public lands by voting against H.R. 3590. This legislation, if passed, will undermine provisions of existing conservation statutes including the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. It will also interfere with the exercise of authority by federal agencies responsible for managing federal lands and protecting public health. Please oppose H.R. 3590, and help to protect wildlife, habitat and the public.
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