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 “ammoland.com.”
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.