Name: HELP for Wildlife Act
Bill Number: S 1514
5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
approved an amended version of the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act. The amendment was a substitution that
continued to provide a mixture of conservation measures with a pro-hunting agenda. While it does
include provisions to restore fish and bird habitats, it also includes many
provisions that were copied directly from HB 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and
Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which is under consideration by the full
House, where it passed last year.
In addition to its conservation provisions, the HELP for
Wildlife Act would also:
Don’t let Sen. Barrasso mislead his fellow legislators into
supporting legislation that “helps” some wildlife, while at the same time
greatly harming other animals.
Let your legislators know that it is possible to pass a law
to benefit wildlife and the environment without
including provisions that will greatly harm wolves and continue to poison our
waterways with lead.
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Oppose Legislation that Harms Wildlife While Promoting Conservation
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you asking you to oppose S 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act, as it is currently written. This legislation attempts, once again, to remove gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes from protection under the Endangered Species Act, even though federal courts have rejected the regulatory language that this bill would reinstate. Furthermore, this bill would remove this issue from further judicial review in blatant violation of the checks and balances that our separations of powers gives to the administration of U.S. law.While this legislation does contain provisions to restore fish and bird habitats, it also ensures that anglers can continue to use lead tackle, despite the fact it is harmful to the environment and humans exposed to lead. It exempts farmers from prohibitions on bird baiting for hunting purposes and promotes an expansion of public target ranges for recreational shooting at government expense. It also caters to special interests by allowing the import of polar bear trophies hunted (but not imported) as they were being listed as an Endangered Species.The Committee on Environment and Public Works touts the broad spectrum of support this bill has received from various groups. There are certainly environment and conservation groups in the list of supporters, but only those groups that benefit from bird and fish conservation efforts. I'm asking that you support the environmental and conservation benefits contained in this bill, but reject the language that would result in increased harm to animals and humans.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]