President Trump Reverses Ban On Killing Bear Cubs
US President Donald Trump has approved the reversal of a ban on hunting bear cubs and wolf pups in Alaska.
The National Park Service (NPS) announced last week that protections for the cubs and pups would end in July, allowing hunters to kill them within 22 million acres of NPS preserved land.
The ban first came into effect during the Obama administration to stop trophy hunters shooting the animals — often with the help of hunting dogs.
“A No-Holds-Barred Assault”
“This is yet another dastardly move from an administration that, from the start, has carried out a no-holds-barred assault on America’s—and the world’s—most precious wildlife,” said Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
“From weakening protections for native American wildlife covered by the Endangered Species Act to allowing trophy hunters to import the trophies of endangered animals like rhinos and lions, the Department of the Interior, under Trump, has consistently played into the hands of trophy hunters and other corporate interests to dismantle the progress we’ve made for wildlife over decades.”
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President Trump & Animal Welfare
Last year, in what has been described as “a rare display of political unity,” President Trump signed a bill into law to make cruelty to animals a federal crime.
The bill — known as the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act — made animal cruelty punishable by fines and up to seven years in prison.
“Sadistic Acts Of Cruelty”
“It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society,” the President said of the new law.
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