New laws ‘should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America’, say conservationists
Grizzly Bears have been an endangered species but numbers have been increasing thanks to conservation efforts Reuters
Hunters in Alaska can now shoot hibernating bears and use aircraft to track their targets, after the Trump administration repealed Obama-era wildlife protection laws. The state of is home to 16 US national wildlife refuges, covering 76 million acres of land. Under the previous law, hunters were prohibited from aggressive tactics such shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft, killing hibernating bears, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.
(From the site of The Independent.co.uk)
Trump strikes again!
Recently Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, recently issued a decree in which he allows hunting on hibernating bears, both black and grizzly bears. Again the hunting an gun lobby can celebrate a victory over innocent bears. Hunting bears is allowed in several states in the USA. In most cases it is controlled through management plans based on scientific research by their State’s agencies and in extraordinary cases killing is allowed due to nuisance (problem) bears.
Hunting on bears that hibernate is cruel and you hardly can understand that a civilized country can allow its civilians to go for this. Many bear species hibernate during winter and female bears give birth during that period to often 1-3 cubs. Killing females, being chased out of their dens, leave the cubs behind. They will either die from hunger or be killed by the hunting dogs that are used to get the females out of the dens.
What a sport! There is no equality, no free chance, no escape. It is awful and highly disrespectful. That’s what Trump and his entourage are like.
Hopefully many bear ranging states will not accept the decree. Nevertheless this action is in line with his NO to the Climate Change Policy that was agreed upon in December 2015 in Paris by all other civilized countries. Another hard hit for the conservation world. What’s next?
Gerard Baars, International Bear Foundation