The bill allows hunters to enter into wolf, coyote and bear dens to kill hibernating mothers with their cubs, either by shooting or gassing them. It will also allow hunters to shoot animals from helicopters and use atrociously cruel steel leg-hold traps that can leave wild dogs in agony for days at a time. Mother dogs (yes, wolves and coyotes are wild dogs; see a dictionary or biology textbook for details) regularly bite off their own legs in desperation to try and escape from the traps and return to their babies, who will subsequently freeze or starve to death as a result.
Every single Democrat voted in favor of retaining existing protections, which were originally signed into law by President Obama, part of an extensive environmental and animal protection legacy that will likely save the lives of billions of animals, and countless species over the next few decades. See “Why Animal Lovers Need To Stop Donald Trump” for details.
What is the purpose of this savage cruelty that Republicans have just enacted (other than appeasing the NRA and the bullet and gun manufacturers they represent)? To reduce the populations of apex predators so that hunters will have more moose and caribou available for themselves to shoot, either for sport or cancerous “nourishment.”
The bill will now go to President Putin, sorry President Trump for signing. As someone who has publicly defended his sons’ torture (shooting animals with a bow, so that they can slowly and painfully bleed to death) and killing of endangered species for ‘sport’, and whose entire party supports the bill, it is highly likely the former Reality TV star (who used a Presidential-campaign news conference to sell his personal brand of steaks) will sign the bill into law.
For anyone wondering, the candidate who won the 2016 election by nearly 3 million votes, Hillary Clinton, had a 100%+ voting record on animal rights issues before leaving the Senate, for voting in favor of, or authoring every single animal protection law that came before her as a Senator in 2006.
While this new law will cause unspeakable suffering and death for wolves, coyotes and bears as soon as it is enacted, it is sadly just the tip of the iceberg as far as how Trump and Republicans will spell disaster and extinction for countless species.
From Trump’s border Wall, which threatens the habitat of 111 endangered species, to his gutting of the EPA and killing Obama-era regulations on industrial poisoning of water supplies that will likely increase cancer rates for humans and animals alike (all while the media-savvy former Reality TV Star distracts uninformed observers by writing a big cheque to Flint, Michigan, as his actions will literally spread poison into waterways across the country, continent, and into the world’s oceans) Trump and his fossil fuel-soaked Cabinet of billionaires will mean disaster for countless humans and animals across the world.
For a more in depth look at these issues, central of which is how Trump will help accelerate the 6th Great Mass Extinction, which is already underway, via his scientifically illiterate ideas and paranoid delusions about climate change, see the “Animals Against Trump” video featuring Moby and Russell Simmons below.
If you’re reading this and all you can think is “How can Trump and the Republicans be stopped?” keep three things in mind:
1) While its too late to pressure Senators and Congressmen to stop this particular law (and good luck e-mailing Trump about it) the Republicans only hold a very slim majority in the Senate, and Congressmen are also susceptible to public pressure. Please make sure to have your elected representatives on speed dial, and follow the chief political watchdog on animal issues, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, to stay informed on what’s happening in D.C. and nationwide.
2) Congressional and Senate elections are coming up next year! Please get involved now, and if yesterday’s legislation doesn’t make it obvious enough, please volunteer with the Democratic Party to help advance animal protection laws. No the Democrats aren’t perfect, but the Green Party’s only major accomplishments thus far have been helping destroy the planet for 8 years by their crucial role in George W. Bush’s election, as well as playing a pivotal role in Trump’s Electoral College victory in the decisive states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Just as Bernie Sanders has helped popularize progressive ideas like Universal Health Care and public funding for University education (so millions more Americans won’t fit into the “poorly educated” category that Trump loves so much) an “Animal Rights Wing” of the Democratic Party can do the same for animal protection issues. Its leader is already apparent, vegan Senator, and likely soon-to-be Presidential candidate Cory Booker, who authored legislation (signed into law by Obama) designed to lead to the end of animal experimentation in the United States.
If you don’t live in the United States but you’d still like to make a difference for animals, consider the single biggest action anyone can do to protect animals: stop eating them, and switch to healthier, delicious vegan meats. If you’re concerned about your protein intake allow me to dispel those worries in under two minutes with a quick look at some of the world class, Olympic Gold Medal-winning and World Record Breaking athletes who are already vegan. In addition to saving an average of 198 animals’ lives a year by not eating them, going vegan is also the single biggest and most effective action you can take to address global climate change and the extinction crisis. And when it comes to the leading causes of death for the vast majority of Americans, switching to vegan meat instead of dead animals might very well save, extend, and improve your own life!