Saturday, March 12, 2016

Chicago Tribune skewers bad US House environmental bill

Props to the big paper in the Big City to the south for rightfully slamming a special-interest directed US House bill that opens much public land to vehicles and road-building, allows the use of known, poisonous fishing tackle and ammunition made from lead, and removes federal, court-ordered protection for the grey wolf in several states, including Wisconsin.
gray wolf
As the paper says, noting the damage the bill would do to The Wilderness Act of 1964:
What part of "wilderness" do the supporters not understand?
Would that Wisconsin's major media take the same, outspoken approach, because, as the Trib notes, the bill is principally about ideology:
The legislation, titled the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE), has the enthusiastic support of the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and conservative House members. It stems from resentment of the very idea that the federal government should control millions of acres of land and manage it for broad national purposes.
I'd continued my writing about the wolf hunt and related issues on March 2nd:
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that removes federal protections for the grey wolf in Wisconsin, and elsewhere, and which also bars federal judges from reestablishing such further protections. 
More at this site on the issue and the vote; additional information, and more information, here.
Should the bill pass the Senate and get a presidential signature, wolf hunting would be returned for 'management' to the states; Wisconsin's wolf hunt has been particularly grisly because hounding interests got the state legislature to approve the use of dogs in the state's wolf hunt - - something no other state permits.

More on Wisconsin's disregard for a scientific approach to wolf hunting, and the state's rigging of its wolf advisory committee for the bear-and-wolf-lobbies, here.

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