H.R. 2406, also known as the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015” has passed in the House of Representatives. If this bill passes in the Senate, this is what will happen:
Wolves in the Great Lakes area including Wisconsin, Minnesota as well as in Wyoming will lose protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bill would transfer “management” of wolves to each state and would prevent any court from stepping in to override these measures. The sheer lack of constitutionality in this Bill forebodes an inevitable free for all killing spree of wolves in each of these states.
Elephants will be further decimated and driven to extinction as the Bill has language to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adopting a rule to restrict the illegal ivory trade in the United States. The United States is one of the largest importers of Ivory and and an estimated 75% of what comes in is illegal under state or federal law already.
The Bill will gut protections for Alaskan Wildlife in national wildlife refuges and national preserves across Alaska. It will also prohibit federal agencies from regulating lead in most forms of ammunition and fishing tackle. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment by hunters every year, leading to the death of many animals from toxic lead poisoning.