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Anti-Hunting Bill Garners Additional Support

Friday, July 11, 2003

As reported in the June 27 issue of the Grassroots Alert, the Humane Society of the United States has conjured up a novel approach to undermine the authority of the states to manage resident wildlife, and at the same time take a swipe at one form of hunting. The "Don`t Feed the Bears Act" would prohibit the use of bait to hunt bear on federal lands, using the premise that if federal agencies prohibit tourists from feeding the bears, then the same prohibition ought to apply to hunters. Unfortunately since our last update, H.R. 1472, sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Cal.), has gained further momentum in the U.S. House of Representatives, picking up an additional 45 cosponsors (bringing the total to 175). The bill is scheduled for mark-up in the House Resources Committee on July 15.

With this anti-hunting legislation making headway, it is critical that you contact your U.S. Representative and express your opposition to the bill because it sets a dangerous precedent by giving the federal government preemptive authority over state wildlife management. Only in extraordinary cases, as in migratory birds and threatened and endangered species, has the Congress given jurisdiction to the federal government.

If your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1472, please ask that he withdraw support from the bill. For a list of cosponsors of H.R. 1472, you can go to the Library of Congress website, at http://thomas.loc.gov. To see a list of Committee Members, you can visit the Committee on Resources website, at http://www.house.gov/resources/108cong/members.htm.

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