IFAW Statement on H.J. Res. 69: Congress “intent on doing anything but protecting wildlife”

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Update: The U.S. House and Senate both passed H.J. Res. 69, and the President has signed it into law despite fierce opposition from the public and many members of Congress. In the wake of this distressing loss, IFAW—with your help—will continue to fight for wildlife and habitat protections in Congress.

Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.J. Res. 69: 

“While America is celebrating the 114th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the U.S. Senate has failed to take a stand for keystone species living on these same public lands. IFAW condemns the Senate's passage of H.J. Res. 69, which allows for the killing of iconic animals including grizzlies and wolves—as well as their young—on federal refuge lands across Alaska. This lethal legislation will permit the use of barbaric devices like leg-hold traps, which can leave animals struggling and suffering for days, and neck snares that slowly strangle entangled wildlife—all for the purpose of artificially inflating “game” populations. To call these practices cruel is a vast understatement.

It is deeply concerning that the Senate has taken this step, placing Alaska’s wildlife, habitat and ecological balance in jeopardy. Congress seems intent on doing anything but protecting wildlife on lands that have been set aside for that very purpose. Irresponsible policies like H.J. Res. 69 are not only threatening our native wildlife, but also clearing a path to the reintroduction of extremely inhumane, indiscriminate and unsporting hunting practices on our shared lands.”

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