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The Senate Just Repealed a Ban on Aggressive Hunting on Wildlife Refuges

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via Futurism

Vast areas of beautiful Alaskan land are reserved as a refuge for the state’s wide variety of wildlife. Over 77 million acres is set aside for animals of all shapes, sizes, and dietary practices. Since the summer of  2016, the predators who roam these protected lands were afforded additional protection from regulations passed by the Obama administration. This protection, enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, implemented heavy regulations on hunting practices that could be used on the land. However, that has all ended

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a repeal of that ruling. And, once this bill is signed into law, aggressive hunting practices like shooting animals from airplanes, killing animals and their offspring in their dens (even while hibernating or asleep), and using traps that can leave animals in pain for long stretches of time before the trap setters come back to check them will all be legal. Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife director Dan Ashe previously called such practices “…wholly at odds with America’s long tradition of ethical, sportsmanlike, fair-chase hunting.” Read More

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