House Joint Resolution 69 passes House vote threatening the lives of all animals on 76 million acres of Alaskan federal refuges
The resolution would allow the killing of black bear cubs and mothers with cubs at the den
It would be allowed for wolves and coyotes to be killed during denning season
The use of barbaric steel-jaw and strangulation neck traps could be implemented in killing bears
Over the years, America has entered a very strange trend of giving even less of a damn about the well-being of our environment and the animals that inhabit it. Proof of this can be in the House passing House Joint Resolution 69.
H. J. Res. 69 looks to legalize a plethora of additional and incredibly cruel methods of hunting bears and wolf cubs. If passed, H. J. Res. 69 would force U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to run federal refuges like game farms in Alaska.
In August of 2016, the Obama administration passed what was known as the “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska,” with the purpose of maintaining a substantial population of the native Alaskan wildlife.
The House Vote
Apparently maintaining a substantial population of native Alaskan wildlife is not a top priority for Republican lawmakers, because, fuck nature!
The final House vote was 225 to 193 for passing H. J. Res. 69 through. It was reported that a strong influence from the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters were a key instrument in the vote.
If H. J. Res. 69 makes it through the Senate and President Trump, which it most likely will, a total of 16 Alaskan federal refuges will be at risk. Wolves, bears, and coyotes on 76 million acres of national wildlife refuges in Alaska will face the repercussions of the resolution.
The Dangers Of H. J. Res. 69
Opponents of the resolution say that it will allow for the killing of black bear cubs, or mothers with cubs at den sites, killing brown bears for bait, killing wolves and coyotes during denning season, and killing brown and black bears from helicopters.
Perhaps the most disturbing consequence of the resolution is the use of inhumane traps on bears. The use of steel-jaw leghold and snare traps has long been deemed barbaric, cruel, and a risk to all living things in the area of these traps.
Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps
When an unfortunate being comes across a steel-jaw leghold, the trap snaps with bone crushing force. The traps are indiscriminate, meaning pets, endangered animals, and even humans can fall victim to the inhumane practice.
Once caught in a steel-jaw trap, the victim suffers immensely from the injury and trauma. Most animals caught in these traps will not survive or be found in time to prevent a long and agonizing death. Not that there is any amount of time that you could put an animal down caught in a steel-jaw trap to lessen the trauma and pain felt from the initial trapping.
Some animals have been known to gnaw off their limb in an attempt to escape the clutches of a steel-jaw trap. If they manage to escape from the trap, the majority of these animals will likely die of an infection as a result from their critical injury.
Strangulation Neck Snares
Strangulation neck snares have been deemed the cruelest of traps used by humans. The trap is designed to tighten around the animal’s neck as it struggles to get away. It is not a quick death, as animals trapped in a neck snare may struggle for days before eventually passing.
It is quite common to see animals in neck snares with swollen heads and necks. The condition has been deemed “jellyhead” by trappers, and it occurs due to a buildup of blood and lymph fluid. The death is often very slow and painful.
Vote No On H. J. Resolution 69
The resolution was sponsored by Alaskan Republican Representative Don Young and cosponsored by Texas Republican Representative Pete Sessions, and West Virginia Republican Representative Alexander X. Mooney.
People have been asked by animal rights groups around the country to contact their Senators and demand they vote no on the resolution. A petition has been started on change.org asking for the Senate and Trump to vote no on H. J. Resolution 69. It has just over 1,800 signatures out of the goal of 2,500. You can sign the petition by clicking here!