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The phony "Sportsmen's Heritage Act HR 4089" would open rare wilderness areas to motors and mining, bar the EPA from banning lead in hunting ammunition, open national parks to hunting, and allow the import of polar bear trophies, an endangered species.

Make no mistake, this is a ridiculous bill disguised as "good for sportsmen," when of course that couldn't be further from the truth.

The bill passed the House, and is up for debate in the Senate.

First, let me show you what lead ammunition does to birds, specifically the national symbol. This was a bald eagle that ingested a deer that was shot by a hunter who used lead bullets. In the meat was a splintered bullet, and of course, lead fragments:

Every year, hunters release 3,000 tons of toxic lead into the environment, killing 20 million birds in the process. Lead poisoning is widely known to man as one of the worst death's imaginable. Lead poisoning kills rare condors, eagles, and numerous other raptors and waterfowl.

There are numerous alternatives to lead ammunition,such as copper, which is readily available although slightly more expensive.

And that's just the start of this heinous bill. You can find out more about the issues with lead ammunition in HR 4089 here:

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/...

Another portion of this nasty bill opens federally protected wilderness areas to motors, mining, and logging. How does this help sportsmen? It doesn't. Anyone who's ever hunted or fished knows that wilderness areas are essential for top habitat.

You often see extractive industries using misinformed sportsmen as pawns, which is how you can explain many sportsmen voting against their own interests (like blue collar workers voting against unions, etc).

You can read more on this here:

http://wilderness.org/...

and here:

http://sierraclub.typepad.com/...

Perhaps one of the most bizarre "features" of the bill is the ability to import dead polar bears from Canada to be mounted as trophies. how in the hell does this help sportsmen? I would think that this sort of thing would only damage recruitment for the activity in our modern society. Make no mistake, hunters numbers are plummeting yearly and there's no sign of recovery. You can read more about this bizarre aspect of the bill here:

http://hsus.typepad.com/...

Last but not least is the plan to open all national parks to hunting. Could you imagine taking your kids to Yellowstone, enjoying Old Faithful when shots ring out and a injured, stampeding bison runs amok in a nearby meadow? That's just one of many possibilities in this insane portion of the bill. You can read more about it here:

http://my.npca.org/...

As a fishermen and outdoor-lover, I urge everyone to contact the senate and defeat this idiotic, dishonest bill. This is one of the biggest attacks on our public lands and wildlife that I've seen in quite some time.

Contact your senators:

http://www.senate.gov/

Originally posted to Gallatin on Tue May 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Park Avenue.

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  •  Thanks for the heads up. Reminds me of an (7+ / 0-)

    Over the Hedge comic I saw a few years ago, first couple of frames show development and devastation, the last has one of the animal characters saying to the others, 'What is it again that conservatives are supposed to conserve?' ::sigh:: Can't turn your back on the bastards for a second.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Tue May 08, 2012 at 05:34:56 PM PDT

  •  so many things to hate about republicans but their (0+ / 0-)

    desire to destroy the environment is #1 on my list.

    unfortunately Obama has hardly been the environmental president.

    hopefully this bill doesn't make it to his desk.

    big badda boom : GRB 080913

    by squarewheel on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:51:04 PM PDT

  •  I'll wait and see what the senate version looks (0+ / 0-)

    like. There are a lot of great things in this bill and it would be a shame to toss what's good just over ATV access and logging. The EPA has struck down lead bans many many times because there is no basis for them.

    A lot of Dems voted for this in the house, no doubt many will vote for it in the senate. I'll wait and see how both of my Democratic senators come down. Hunting in National Parks would be especially good. Parks has historically had a horrid time managing wildlife. Wolves and griz in Yellowstone should top the list.

    The largest congressional caucus is the sportsmans caucus.

    “Some students of natural history want no predator control at all, while many hunters and farmers want as much as they can get up to complete eradication. Both extremes are biologically unsound….” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:53:05 AM PDT

    •  Troll alert (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know any democrat who supports hunting in the national parks. National Parks are a safe-haven from the kind of poaching and rule-breaking that occurs in national forests and other public land.

      Nice troll comment about endangered species, too. It's like an anti-choice person coming on a progressive site and saying abortion should be illegal.

      Very, very strange response on what is supposedly a progressive website.

      Protecting public lands and endangered species are a democratic platform. To say that we shouldn't toss out the bill over allowing mining, logging and motors in the the last wilderness in the U.S. is an extremist right-wing position that has no place here.

      •  very progressive of you (0+ / 0-)

        Both my Democratic Senators support the yearly hunt in Rocky Mountain National Park.

        I'm a center left Dem, just like my President and former senator now Secretary of Interior Salazar who delisted wolves. Why not get off your high horse and make some progress like a progressive.

        “Some students of natural history want no predator control at all, while many hunters and farmers want as much as they can get up to complete eradication. Both extremes are biologically unsound….” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Wed May 09, 2012 at 04:41:27 PM PDT

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        •  the RMNP hunt (0+ / 0-)

          is needed because Colorado killed off all of its wolves and grizzlies and hasn't reintroduced them.

          The overpopulation of elk in that park after the removal of apex predators did serious damage. This has nothing to do of course with hunting grizzlies in Yellowstone, which are an endangered species.

          There's no need to hunt any wolf or grizzly in national parks because they serve to balance the ecosystem.

          There should be places where hunting isn't allowed. Not everyone wants to hear gunshots or see deer strapped to a car while enjoying the outdoors. If you want to hunt, you have the vast majority o the lower 48 to do so.

          Salazar is a corporate rancher who has fought against the ESA his entire career. He's even worse than James Watt under Reagan.

          And nice dodge on the wilderness issue. Are you okay with opening the U.S. wilderness system to logging, mining and motors? Are you ok with importing dead endangered species like polar bears for trophies? Or how about the continual killing of bald eagles and other birds from lead hunting bullets?

          I suggest you watch the video I embedded in the diary. I hope after watching it you switch to one of the alternatives.

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