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House Considers Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act

House Considers Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act

Name: Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act

Bill Number: HR 3668

This federal bill, introduced for the third consecutive session of Congress, would require federal land management decisions to include consideration to recreational hunters, fishermen in granting access to public lands. Giving preference to these special interests could lead to the opening up of tens of thousands of acres of federal parks and recreation land to hunting and trapping. This is an effort to combine more than a half dozen pending bills into one “super bill” that would harm animals across the board.

Among its detriments to animals and the environment, the SHARE Act would give hunters access to more remote and protected lands in order to pursue more animals to be killed for sport, would allow for the use of toxic lead in ammunition, would de-list certain gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act, would allow the use of silencers on guns for hunting, would allow for the importation of older polar bear “trophies” from Canada, and would remove barriers to the importation of firearms and ammunition.


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Oppose Hunting Legislation that Would Devastate Wildlife and the Environment

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to oppose the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, HR 3668, which would require federal agencies to make hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting a cornerstone in any decision concerning "conservation" plans for wildlife and would restrict options for land use throughout the federal system.

There is much to object to in this bill. First, it caters to a small minority of Americans (less than 6%) who actually hunt, giving them the absolute right to shoot, trap and angle for animals on virtually all public lands, to the detriment of not only the animals, but also to ongoing conservation efforts.

It also contains an unconscionable provision to prohibit the regulation of lead shot and other ammunition, as well as fishing tackle, even though they have proven to be hazardous to wildlife and the environment and safer alternatives are available. Finally, there is no excuse to allow a few individuals to have a special exemption under the law to import parts or trophies polar bears, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Please oppose the SHARE Act. Not only is it unnecessary in light of existing opportunities to hunt, fish and shoot, but also because it would be detrimental to both wildlife and the environment.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]