Senate Passes Bill Allowing Hunters To Shoot Hibernating Bear Families

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
On March 21st, the United States Senate passed a bill that would allow hunters to shoot hibernating bear and wolf families in their dens. The bill overturned an Obama-era ruling that protected animals from cruel hunting practices.

"These cruel and unsporting practices include shooting or trapping whole families of wolves while at their dens with pups, using airplanes to scout for brown and black bears to shoot, trapping bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and wire snares and luring grizzly bears with food to get a point blank kill," according to the Humane Society.

If this bill becomes law, all of these hunting practices that the Obama administration fought to abolish will again become viable options for hunters. The bill has been passed through the House, but it still needs a signature from President Donald Trump before it becomes official.

“What the Senate did today should outrage the conscience of every animal lover in America,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “The passage of this bill means that we’ll see wolf families killed at their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.”

President Trump is largely expected to sign the bill, as it passed along party lines in both the House and the Senate.
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