The Newnan Times-Herald


Wildlife refuges - no longer a safe place for animals?

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
  • |
  • Mar. 15, 2017 - 6:30 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a resolution that transformed 76 million acres of national land in Alaska from a wildlife refuge to a refuge for trophy hunters. This inhumane and short-sighted measure, Senate Joint Resolution 18, is about to come before Senators Isakson and Purdue. Please join me in urging them to vote no.

There are so many reasons to oppose S.J. Res. 18. It will allow ruthless trophy hunters to slaughter wolf and coyote pups and bear cubs in their dens, along with their mothers. They will be able to fly overhead in planes to track bears and use vicious leg-hold traps and wire snares.

If you’re wondering why someone in our state should care about what happens on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, the answer is that this resolution establishes a precedent that will endanger all our national parks and preserves. These lands and wild animals belong to all of us, not to a single group of cowardly hunters in a single state. If this measure passes, what is to keep Wyoming, for example, from deciding to allow hunters in Yellowstone National Park? Please, Senators Isakson and Purdue, stand up for our wildlife and our national parks and vote no on S.J. Res. 18.

Kim McCurry