You may have heard about the SHARE ACT. Lori from SHAME shared this with us:
URGENT CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL MEMBERS!! H.R.2406-SHARE ACT
WE WILL BE BREAKING THIS BILL DOWN INTO SECTIONS AND ATTACKING INDIVIDUALLY. WE WILL BE ENLISTING OTHER GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF DEFEATING THIS BILL AND PREVENTING IT FROM BECOMING A LAW
I AM ADDING THE ACTION PORTION OF THIS POST AT THE BEGINNING BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION, AND IT IS VERY LENGTHY!
SIGN THE PETITION ASKING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VETO H.R.2406
CONTACT YOUR UNITED STATES SENATOR:
CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA:
WHITE HOUSE PHONE:
Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
“Components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) are exempted from regulations of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The authority of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the use of ammunition and fishing tackle based on its lead content is limited.”
This section of the bill would prevent the EPA from regulating the use of lead bullets and lead fishing sinkers. Over 100 environmental groups have already cited the risks of using lead bullets inc the risks to birds, such as the California Condor and American Bald Eagle, as well as other wildlife, and humans.
The use of lead ammunition puts 3000 tons of lead into the environment yearly. By doing this it is introduced into the air, water, and soil, and causes the death of 20 million birds from lead poisoning The use of lead bullets also introduces unacceptable levels of metal into people’s diets.
Many studies have been performed over the years, with results that have conclusively shown the ingestion and/or inhalation of lead dust and particles is harmful to humans especially the nervous system. This bill would tie the hands of the EPA from protecting our birds including the symbol of our nation , American Bald Eagle, our wildlife, and our children. We must stop this from happening.
Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act is amended to: (1) increase the proportion of funding from the Act that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges, and (2) delay by 10 years until 2026 the date after which interest from the wildlife conservation and restoration fund is available for apportionment.
The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act Get the Facts:
The legislation will open up millions of acres of public land to recreational shooting , including target ranges. This is due to the belief by USFWS and hunters that there has been a “decline in the ability for Americans to participate in recreational and competitive shooting, and that these declines have reduced the opportunities for hunters to sight in their firearms, and to PRACTICE SHOOTING BEFORE HUNTING SEASON.” This bill would allow states to allocate a greater proportion of funds for the development of shooting ranges. Currently there are limitations to current funding to individual states for the creation and maintenance of target ranges. This bill clearly states that if passed it would “limit the exposure of federal land management agencies to frivolous lawsuits that may result from the use of federal lands, for target practice and marksmanship training.” This part of the bill is to encourage new shooters with limited legalities, in essence a “gag law.” If for example, there was an accident due to recreational shooting, the victim/victims , would have a difficult time having their case heard in court, because of the new law.
Do we as American citizens want our state parks turned into shooting ranges , an area for hunters to prepare and practice for hunting season?
Is this truly a safe environment for families and children?
Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2015
“Interior must issue permits to allow a hunter to import polar bear parts (other than internal organs) if p the bear was legally harvested in Canada from an approved population before the May 15, 2008, listing of the polar bear as threatened.”
If the H.R.2406-SHARE ACT is passed, 41 trophy hunters will be given special attention in the bill. These 41 hunters would be allowed to import their slaughtered polar bears into the United States from Northern Canada. Having been denied by Congress in 2012, when Senator Young took on their fight, they now are the topic of yet another bill. What have these uber-rich hunters done to Currier such favor with our members of Congress? The slaughtered Polar Bears contributed to the endangerment of the species. Why are we rewarding these 41 special men?
H.R. 2406-Share Act wants to amend The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Amended 1994
POLAR BEARS LISTED AS THREATENED:
HUNTERS FIGHT TO BRING BACK POLAR BEAR TROPHIES TO US:
SCI has helped these hunters even going as far as to “sue USFWS.” Why may we ask? They even tried to convince the courts that there were more than enough polar bears , and they didn’t need to be placed on threatened list. Sadly we all saw this weekend in Florida what happens when animals are taken off of the list. Surely we cannot just trust that SCI’s only motive is to bring polar bear trophies back into the United States. We must protect the polar bears.
Hunter and Farmer Protection Act
a) The bill revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds.
Essentially this would allow for the baiting of migratory game birds , which is illegal at the present time. This bill was previously introduced to congress in 2013, but was never enacted and prohibited killing game birds in baited areas, as previously mentioned, the new bill would allow for this.
PLEASE SEE BELOW:
Hunter and Farmer Protection Act of 2013 – Amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of any migratory game bird, including waterfowl, coots, and cranes, on or over land that: (1) is not a baited area; and (2) contains a standing crop (including an aquatic crop), standing, flooded, or manipulated natural vegetation, flooded harvested cropland, or an area on which seed or grain has been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural practice.
b) The National Park Service (NPS) may not prohibit individuals from transporting bows and crossbows if certain requirements are met.
Currently it is illegal to transport firearms in a National Park, and by definition this applies to bows and crossbows. Hunting is also prohibited. Why would anyone need a crossbow in a National Park, if not for hunting. If congress passes this law to allow bows and crossbows in our National Parks, we need to ask , will they next pass laws to allow hunting? This cannot be allowed.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FROM NATIONAL PARKS REGULATIONS PDF:
“Hunting and Firearms
Firearms and hunting are not permitted in national
parks. If you are transporting a firearm through the
park in your vehicle to another destination it must be
unloaded and securely encased. Firearms include
slingshots, bows, BB guns, crossbows and paintball
guns. Hunting carries serious offences in a national park.”
c)The National Park Services may establish hunter access corridors.
WE MUST PROTECT OUR NATIONS BEAUTIFUL MIGRATORY BIRDS, AND OUR NATIONAL PARKS FROM HUNTERS!!
AFRICAN ELEPHANTCONSERVATION and LEGAL IVORY POSSESSION ACT:
H.R 2406 would essentially terminate the ban on illegal ivory trade and revise the current restrictions that the U.S. has on ivory imports and exports.
With the value of ivory drastically increasing over the last five years, we have seen poaching at its worst since 1989. “10,000 to 25,000 elephants are slaughtered in Tanzania each year for their tusks. In Zimbabwe, poachers last month killed more than 300 elephants using cyanide at Hwange, the country’s largest national park.” (http://www.washingtontimes.com/…/terrorists-slaughter-afr…/…) One African elephant is killed everyone 15 minutes and are facing the brink of extinction.
There has been substantial evidence that ivory poaching has a direct correlation with notorious organized crime and international terrorists groups. Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab in Somalia, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Central African and Boko Haram in Nigeria are just a few of the violent militant groups that have profited from poaching elephants for the sole purpose of trafficking ivory to pay for arms and ammunition. In 2012, an 18-month investigation provided evidence that al-Shabab was funding 40 percent of militant salaries specifically from ivory smuggling. (http://www.aljazeera.com/…/ivory-trade-kills-people-2015186…). These international terrorists groups such as al-Shabab and Janjaweed that have well-known association with ivory trafficking are also infamous for “mass executions, rape, abduction, and mutilation of victims and use of child soldiers. The group’s leader, Joseph Kony, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and labeled a global terrorist by the Untied States.” (http://www.ifaw.org/…/def…/files/ifaw-criminal-nature-UK.pdf)
Evidence shows the majority of ivory shipments were Asia bound and involved with Asian organized crime groups. Because of the high demand for ivory in Asian countries, militia groups have been selling poached ivory overseas for large sums of money to fund tyrannical uprisings. Al-Shabab’s monthly income from ivory alone was estimated between $200,000-$600,000.
“Illegal wildlife trade is, according to Global Financial Integrity Report Transnational Crime in the Developing World, worth up to $10 billion a year, has strong links to organized crime and terrorism and poses a serious threat to human health as well as an evident threat to endangered species and biodiversity around the world. Evidence IFAW has gathered suggests that since the Committee last examined this issue, illegal wildlife trade has increased, with a significant impact on animal species around the world, particularly African elephants.”
Because of lenient laws and regulations in regards to ivory trafficking and poaching, it has made wildlife a vulnerable, low risk and profitable target and has helped fund international crime and terrorism.
The H.R 2406 also proposes to lift the regulations regarding imports and exports on commercial and raw ivory. FWS have placed these regulations to limit the importation of ivory and control poaching. Currently, the FWS has placed stringent restrictions on importation of commercial ivory. Non-commercial, personal items that contain ivory, such as musical instruments may be imported with proper documentation proving antiquity of the item. H.R 2406 proposes to lift the ban of these restrictions.
Asia’s high demand for ivory has drastically increased poaching in Africa and if H.R 2406 passes, we will only be doubling the current demand for ivory.