Trump Administration Finalizes New Rules Making It Easier to Kill Bear Cubs in AlaskaJune 11, 2020
According to CBS News, reversing the Obama-era bans is something the Trump administration has been working on for years, and Alaska officials as well as native tribes are in favor of the new rules.
"The previous limitations enacted in 2015 threatened our way of life and our centuries-long sustainable management practices," Victor Joseph, chief and chairman of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, explained.
Alaska Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy is on board with the decision and praised that the new rules allow the state to control its wildlife again.
"Hunting and responsible management of wildlife are an integral part of the Alaskan lifestyle and this will further align hunting regulations on the federal level with those established by the State of Alaska for the benefit of Alaskans," he wrote in the National Park Service's statement.
However, the new regulations have been slammed by a number of conservation groups.
"This is yet another dastardly move from an administration that, from the start, has carried out a no-holds-barred assault on America’s — and the world’s — most precious wildlife," Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.
She continued, "From weakening protections for native American wildlife covered by the Endangered Species Act to allowing trophy hunters to import the trophies of endangered animals like rhinos and lions, the Department of the Interior, under Trump, has consistently played into the hands of trophy hunters and other corporate interests to dismantle the progress we’ve made for wildlife over decades."
Jamie Rappaport Clark, the president and CEO of the Defenders of Wildlife, said, "the Trump administration has shockingly reached a new low in its treatment of wildlife."
"Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane," she added in her statement.
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