Government approves legislation to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens – FUCK YOU TRUMP!

Breaking News: The U.S. Senate just voted 52-47: Measure also allows aerial spotting and killing of grizzly bears on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

 

The U.S. Senate today used the Congressional Review Act to strip away regulatory safeguards implemented by the Obama administration in 2016 to protect wolves, bears and other predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. In a strict, party-line vote, Senate Republicans approved today’s measure, which will allow the unsportsmanlike killing of wolves and their pups in their dens and gunning down of bears at bait stations.

“This isn’t hunting — it’s slaughter,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Killing wolves and bears in this cruel, unsportsmanlike fashion is outrageous, especially in national wildlife refuges that belong to all Americans. Repealing these protections also undermines the critical role predators play in healthy ecosystems.”

In August 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized regulations that protected predators from new predator-control tactics approved by Alaska’s Board of Game. Alaska’s predator-control activities are intended solely to artificially inflate prey populations, such as moose, for human hunting.

These tactics include killing black bear cubs or mothers with cubs at den sites; killing brown bears over bait; trapping and killing brown and black bears with steel-jaw leghold traps or wire snares; killing wolves and coyotes during denning season; and killing brown and black bears from aircraft.

The House of Representatives passed Joint Resolution 69 to overturn the rule using the authority under the Congressional Review Act, in a highly partisan vote on Feb. 16. With the Senate’s approval of the Resolution, the measure now goes to President Trump for his signature.

“Senate Republicans have shown just how mean-spirited and petty they are with today’s vote,” Hartl said. “Passing a law to allow baby bears to be killed in their dens should be beneath the dignity of the Senate, but apparently it’s not.”

Now the government is set to overturn previous U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulations that were put in place to protect our wildlife, allowing hunters to lure grizzly bears with food to shoot them at point-blank range. They will be able to legally enter bear and wolf dens to kill mothers and their young cubs and pups. Hunters will also be allowed to shoot bears from airplanes. Steel-jawed leghold traps and wire snares will be allowed on these national lands.

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Athlone vetinary hospital sponsors Westmeath fox hunters

VIA  Ban Bloodsports https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/

A veterinary hospital in Athlone has sponsored an equestrian event organised by a foxhunt, ICABS has learned.

In a promotional graphic for the “Westmeath Foxhounds Hunter Trials” on March 5th, one of the listed sponsors is “Patrick McGuire (Athlone Vet Hospital)”. The graphic shows foxhunters on horseback alongside a pack of hounds.

In an email to Veterinary Surgeon Patrick McGuire, ICABS asked: “Surely you would agree that, given the animal cruelty inherent in foxhunting, it is entirely inappropriate for a veterinary hospital to sponsor a foxhunt-organised event.”

We outlined the horrendous cruelty of foxhunting in which foxes are chased to exhaustion by a pack of hounds and ripped apart when caught.

The cruelty of the Westmeath hunt is well documented. For example, a 2011 report in the Farmers Journal revealed that sixteen mounted followers of the hunt, along with 29 hounds, found a fox that was caught and “chopped”. Later on, another fox was “overhauled before he managed to put any distance between himself and them”. Both “chopped” and “overhauled” in hunting terminology mean that the fox was caught by the pack of hounds, torn apart and disembowelled.

In 2007, the Irish Independent reported that there was a probe into allegations that during a Westmeath Foxhounds hunt, a rope was tied to the leg of a fox and that it was pulled out of a burrow and fed alive to the dogs.

In 2008, an Irish Field report revealed that the Westmeath Hunt chased a fox into the freezing water of the Royal Canal. And in another report in the Irish Field in 1991, it was reported that a fox was dug out by Westmeath Foxhounds as follows: “Terriers were some time coming as car followers were the wrong side of the wind for hearing. A quick dig followed and two foxes were dispatched. Eamon had a brush for Clarissa and a fox’s tongue which he intends pickling in vinegar to cure warts and draw thorns.”

In February 2015, a disturbing Westmeath Foxhunt video emerged which provided an insight into the deplorable attitude hunters hold towards animals. At the beginning of the video, one of the hunters can be heard calling his horse a c***. In another scene, a female rider whips her horse 5 times in quick succession https://www.facebook.com/adam.bouabbse/videos/10204014817312242/ (forward to 03:00 minute mark).

Witness the cruelty of foxhunting in Ireland at
http://www.banbloodsports.com/v-fox.htm

ACTION ALERT

Urge Patrick McGuire (Athlone Vet Hospital) to stop sponsoring foxhunt-organised events.

Telephone: (090) 6474020
Email: midlandvets@eircom.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Athlone-Veterinary-Hospital-17668…/

Sign our “Ban Blood Sports in Ireland” petition
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture remove an outrageous exemption for foxhunting from Ireland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and urge them to ban fox hunting.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/

An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Email: frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frances-Fitzgerald/302584593224671

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this cruel bloodsport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp… Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Fox killers who showed ‘total disregard for the law’ get away with small fines

A court found three fox hunters guilty of hunting a fox with dogs on 14 March. Yet the punishment they received serves primarily as a reminder of why the Hunting Act is doing so little to deter the continuation of this barbaric practice. The three received fines. But the penalties that the court bestowed on them were not even severe within the range of options available. Even though Nottinghamshire police said the group showed “total disregard for the law”.

The Hunting Act

The Hunting Act 2004 states that:

A person guilty of an offence under this Act shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

The standard scale of fines has 5 levels which impose maximum fines of:

  1. £200.
  2. £500.
  3. £1,000.
  4. £2,500.
  5. Unlimited (it was £5,000 up until 12 March 2015).

The three people received fines of £800, £550 and £180. This means the first two fines were within level three, and the third was within level one. The court could have given a more imposing fine to deter other fox hunters. And although some people may feel that would have been inappropriate, offences that the government lists as meriting level five fines or prison time include:

  • Sale of alcohol to children – maximum penalty of 6 months in prison or a level five fine.
  • Unauthorised sale of (football) tickets – maximum penalty of 6 months in prison or a level five fine.
  • Making false statement or representation to obtain social security benefit – maximum penalty of 3 months in prison or a level five fine.

A slippery path

Despite the Hunting Act, hunting groups are still getting away with killing foxes. Partially, this is because the police have neither the time nor resources to pursue every hunt. But the law itself also provides loopholes for hunts. Because even if a pack of dogs kills a fox, it is up to prosecutors to prove that the dogs acted on the command of their handlers.

Writing in The Telegraph, Laurence Dodds said:

[Tony Blair], by his own admission, was never ideologically opposed to hunting. But the ban was necessary to satisfy a key block of his MPs who had pushed tuition fees through Parliament. This quid pro quo swiftly became politically costly, however, and Blair became convinced he had made a mistake when a woman he met in Italy, who was mistress of a hunt near Oxford, explained how deeply intertwined the tradition was with Britain’s rural economy. ‘From that moment on,’ he writes in his memoir, A Journey, ‘I became determined to slip out of this.’ In the end, the law was ‘a masterly British compromise’ which left hunting ‘banned and not quite banned at the same time’.

No deterrent

If the authorities do not enforce laws, they fail to act as deterrents. This is also true of laws which result in very little punishment even when they are enforced. The UK still overwhelmingly supports a ban on hunting. But if the Hunting Act is failing to stop foxes being killed, then it’s failing to represent what people in the UK stand for.

Get Involved!

– Support Keep The Hunting Ban on Facebook.

– You can also contact your MP, telling them not to support a repeal of the Hunting Act.

Support the Hunt Saboteurs Association.

 

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