Killing Bear Cubs and Wolf Pups

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today will be a short post, and probably a pretty unpleasant one because I'm mad. And I don't trust myself to write when I'm this upset.

When I dabble into political-inspired topics I try my best to remain level-headed and open a conversation that allows me to see both sides, but today I'm having a really really hard time seeing the "other side" of this one.

Thanks to the U.S. Senate, hunters and trappers are now allowed to shoot mama bears and their cubs, while hibernating in their dens. Same goes for Wolf moms and their pups. And thanks to this overturn, "hunters" are allowed to kill these animals in some extremely inhumane ways- gassing wolf pups, baiting bears however they please and then shooting them in the back. How is this hunting? Seems more like slaughter to me.

"Before the vote, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said the bill contained "some of the most cruel and inhumane savage killing of animals."

Other "hunting" options that will be available include:

Shooting bears from airplanes.
Using Steel-jawed leghold traps.
Setting up wire snares.

When caught in a steel trap, wolves and coyotes are often known for chewing off their own legs in desperation to get back to their young, because if they don't, their pups will freeze or starve to death.

Well done, humans.

And guess where this is happening? "Wildlife refugees" in Alaska.

"What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said on Thursday. "If the Senate and President concur, we'll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares."

As always, I'm not ignorant to the fact a lot of what I read may be one-sided, so in attempt to figure out why the hell this is happening I started googling things like,

"why we should kill bears" or "benefits of overturning FWS regulations" or "why it's okay for humans to be awful and take whatever they'd like."

I'm not getting any answers. In fact, when I googled "benefits of overturning FWS regulations" the only website to pop up urging senators to vote "yes" on H.J. 69 was from ""

I've debated closing comments today simply because I don't think I could properly engage without becoming a "crazy internet person" because I'm so sick about this entire thing. However, I've decided I'm going to keep it open just in case there's someone out there who can better explain to me why our government is allowing this to happen.

You can read more about this here. At the end, the article suggests you write the White House or tweet President Trump. This is the first year I've started writing senators about issues I feel strongly about and I don't plan to stop. I actually thought about tweeting Trump but when I went to his account today his last tweet was,

And I was quickly reminded his main agenda on Twitter is usually talking about "Fake News" or simply throwing insults at random celebrities or TV shows.

"The lives of animals living on 76 million acres of federal wildlife refuges in Alaska is now in President Donald Trump's hands. " 

Let's hope he does what's best them for them.

If you're as sick about this as I am, I encourage you to make a donation to your local animal shelter today, it's the only resolve I've found that helps when I'm feeling hopeless about the world and the way we treat the animals who live here with us.


  1. Thank you for writing this. You already know it EATS ME UP INSIDE and makes me rage rage rage like nothing else. I vow to do everything and anything I can to get this overturned.

    Sharing your post. Thank you again.

    United, we all can fix this.

  2. Wow, I never knew. And people actually SHOOT bears from PLANES? That sounds insane...

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  3. OMG I could cry! I didn't know. Thank you for sharing and now I'm outraged too. This is disgusting!

  4. This issue is disgusting and fortunately, in my opinion, one that spans across political lines. You know my background but THIS I CAN'T stand. The onnnnnly explanation I can think of is to "control overpopulation" or to "watch out for the population of X [what these majestic and beautiful animals eat] because it's becoming extinguished." :$

    When I watch Alaskan Bush People and they talk of killing animals that aren't killed (often?) in the lower 48 b/c food, I get a bit of "Ugh but WHY?" And then they explain that they NEVER kill the moms or the babies, so OK. There's some sanity left.

    But then I see what you reported on and get enraged again: To hell with those who kill these animals for no reason. It's not fair and I pray it ends soon.

    PS- He makes some good points.. "Adam Ruins Everything - Why Trophy Hunting Can Be Good for Animals" (I know, I didn't want to watch either..and almost can't believe it still.)

    Keep on keepin it real.

  5. Wow. I'm a (deer) hunter and this sickens me. I would never do any of that. We only hunt in the most humane way possible, are very respectful to the animals, and eat/donate the meat every time. So sad.

  6. This bill absolutely sickened me. I am so happy to hear you are writing your representatives. I call mine on a regular basis for things like Betsy DeVos (vom), Rex Tillerson (vom), Rick Perry (even more vom because he was the Governor of my state, but he was not my Governor), AHCA (ugh...just gross), Gorsuch (puppet), etc. The fact that this bill passed by me and got passed without me calling just sickened me. This is so unfair to animals and the human race it's disgusting.

    Thank you for putting this in a public forum even though I understand you need to stay neutral for your readership but you putting this out there may help some of those who are too afraid to call/write/e-mail their representatives or those who are trying to not to hear what is going on in our country.

  7. I have heard about this, and it just makes me sick. The world is getting more cruel and heartless every day. I work in animal rescue, and it's really hard to take the things that I see every day. I have lost friends over this -- mostly because they are cowards and 'don't want to hear bad things', much less get involved to make a difference. I would rather save animals than worry about worthless EX-friends that I don't need anyway. Thanks for spreading the word on these atrocities.

  8. Thank you. Do not apologize for "getting political." As far as I'm concerned, this has zip to do with politics. This is about our capacity as a race (you know, humans) to have compassion and love for our planet and the many, many beautiful creatures that this planet rightfully belongs to. Thank you for your encouragement to support our local animal shelters and thank you for your wonderful sense of humor.


  9. It is slaughter, anyone who engages in this kind of behaviour, or worse fights on behalf of it? Well they're a monster. No ifs ands or buts

    You are not a hunter, you are not in balance with nature, you're a monster,

  10. This is so disgusting. It's a scene out of Pocahontas- force your way in, kill what you believe might possibly threaten your way of life (even though it doesn't), and walk away without looking back or worry about the repercussions.

    Humans are savages. And I honestly believe that the people who do this shit and have such little respect for the animals and plantlife that share our earth will end up getting what's coming to them. From a Christian perspective, God made humans AND animals, and there's no way he intended for us to gas and trap 3 month old bear cubs. They can burn in hell for that in my opinion.

  11. He is not going to do anything. His own children are big game hunters and go to Africa to kill endangered species so why would he give a rats ass about simple bears and wolves? The more I learn about him the more I hate him. Elitist bastard. Sorry...this just ruined my day.

  12. How does our government allow this to happen? Because our government is a festering pile of shit that cares for absolutely nothing if it can't turn a buck.

  13. this makes me sick. i don't know why humans feel we can treat anything and everything like it's disposable. especially something living and breathing. barf.

  14. It's actually a very complicated reversal of a very complicated policy. It does NOT mean Congress is cool with hunting down sleeping bears. This is essentially returning control over to the states. So yes, you should definitely make your voice heard and encourage state representatives to be vigilant about protecting animals. These decisions are up to them and they tend to be much easier to sway anyway!

  15. so heartbreaking and good luck looking for a single reasoning behind it. There isn't one. One thing that absolutely broke MY heart recently was the cutbacks of funding for the Pacific NorthWest Restoration efforts, which means that the PNW Resident Killer Whales (the only residents we have in the united states) that are endangered become TRULY at risk of dying out. It gives me hives. and a broken heart.

  16. This is so gross. This administration is an assault on human decency. I would encourage everyone to download the Countable app. I just discovered this app and it allows you to understand how your representatives are slotted to vote on issues as well as their contact information. You can also look up how they voted on past issues as well as a summary of why someone would or would not support the bill.

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