President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 69 into law, which undid an onerous law forbidding any hunting on lands that fall under the purview of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Alaska. Here’s more on the legislation:
This joint resolution nullifies the rule finalized by the Department of the Interior on August 5, 2016, relating to non-subsistence takings of wildlife and public participation and closure procedures on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.
The Senate and House of Representatives previously passed the joint resolution with votes of 52 to 47 and 225 to 193, respectively. The former version passed on March 21st, 2017, while the latter version passed on February 16, 2017. Here’s some more clarification on the legislation:
The FWS rule underlying H.J. Res. 69 was finalized on August 5, 2016. It argued that Alaska’s wildlife management practices had begun to deviate from federal policies and therefore would be preempted in various respects.
Highlighting the political nature of the rule, however, was the involvement of the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States, which ran typically hyperbolic television ads falsely claiming that its repeal would allow for inhumane forms of taking bears and wolves.
The basic point of contention, however, was whether local Alaskan wildlife management authorities or the federal government should ultimately be responsible for setting policy on fish and wildlife management on National Wildlife Refuges within Alaska’s borders.
— SCI Hunter Advocacy (@SCI_Advocacy) April 4, 2017
Another regulatory power grab from the Obama Administration is getting rolled back. This one reverses a harmful U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule. pic.twitter.com/ivjzhO5Kdo
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 27, 2017
Tomorrow, we’ll vote to overturn the Obama Admin’s National Wild Refuge hunting and fishing rule. pic.twitter.com/6IVcNtJfz1
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 15, 2017
House is moving my efforts to overturn illegal FWS rule, which preempts AK's management authority of fish and game https://t.co/P93bBEU5kv
— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) February 16, 2017
— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) March 21, 2017
— The Council (@thanks4hunting) February 22, 2017
— Sportsmen's Alliance (@SportsmensAll) March 25, 2017
Not surprisingly, the Sierra Club screamed bloody murder in response to this resolution being signed into law:
Now hunters can kill grizzlies and wolves on Alaska’s wildlife refuges, including mother grizzlies with their cubs, and wolves with their pups in their dens. State wildlife officials can even shoot at grizzly bears from helicopters (Sarah Palin, eat your grizzly-mama heart out).
Here’s how radical environmentalists and their surrogates responded:
H.J. Res. 69 legalizes cruel hunting tactics – like killing hibernating bears & wolf cubs in their dens – on public lands. I voted NO. pic.twitter.com/zCHDroijYU
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) March 21, 2017
Proud to have voted NO on H.J. Res. 69. We must reject cruel & inhumane hunting methods that threaten America’s wildlife.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 22, 2017
H.J Res.69 has been passed…..killing hibernating bears, wolves, pups…to vote yes on this, you must be evil. Every Republican voted yes. pic.twitter.com/chBLCzFMv8
— Bruno Amato (@BrunoAmato_1) March 28, 2017
The U.S. gov't is making it legal for people to shoot hibernating bear families in their dens — but there's still a way to stop this. pic.twitter.com/WudhlSsVdW
— The Dodo (@dodo) March 23, 2017
— Wayne Pacelle (@waynepacelle) March 11, 2017
Nobody is intent on killing bear cubs. This talking point is pure propaganda. Those very acts are heavily discouraged and frowned upon in the hunting community, as young wildlife are usually off-limits.
Perhaps it’s time for state wildlife management entities to take in the reigns from the federal government, no? Tell us how you feel and whether this is good or bad legislation.