Senate Votes AGAINST Protection of Wildlife in national wildlife refuges in Alaska.
The Senate just voted to approve previously approved House legislation to remove protections for wolves and bears in national wildlife refuges—it allows denning wolves and bears to be taken.
The votes by individual senators are listed below—note that it was a straight party-line vote with a split between the two “independent” senators—Vermont’s Sanders voted against and Maine’s King voted for the resolution.
If protection of wildlife is to have any political currency in the future such as issues over weakening of the Endangered Species Act, there needs to be consequences for the senators and representatives who voted to allow this violation of national wildlife refuges. Both wildlife conservation and animal rights organizations need to publicize the votes, asking their members to contact their representatives and senators either thanking them for Nay votes or expressing strong dissatisfaction with their votes in favor of this resolution. Secondly, it is time for a coalition of these organizations to plan a boycott on wildlife-related tours to Alaska until this policy is changed by the State of Alaska. In the 1990s, there was a successful boycott over the shooting of wolves from airplanes and this policy is just as despicable if not more so than that one.
The votes of individual senators are available at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/s92
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