A horrible bill has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature that will allow for the expanded hound hunting of cougars.
Extremists in the trophy hunting community want to repeal the long-standing protections of these beautiful, native cats. Washington voters have already spoken up for the cougars but hunters want to repeal the law that has been in place since 1996.
HB 5940 would subject cougars to being chased down by packs of hounds and shot at point-blank range once they seek safety in a tree.
The bill proposes that counties can authorize a hound hunt if citizens complain about cougar sightings. The existing law already allows for citizens to protect themselves–besides, the mere sight of a cougar is not a threat. This program was in place from 2004 until 2011, and resulted in widespread, guided recreational hound hunts offered by hunting clubs throughout eastern Washington.
Please call your state senator today to stop this dangerous proposal. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent, and I am calling to ask you to please oppose SB 5940.”
After you make your call, please use the form by the Humane Society. They provided an easy letter you can fill out and send to your legislators. Please check out the HSUS site and tell your senator what you think.
NARN would like to pass along important information from the No New Animal Lab Campaign:
The University of Washington continues to invest in outdated animal research methods. Animal labs throughout the world have been shutting down but the UW, on the other hand, has decided to spend over $123 million on building a new animal research facility.
The University of Washington’s history of using animals in research includes being fined by the USDA for allowing a primate to starve to death, citations for performing unauthorized experiments on primates, and evidence of primates engaging in self-mutilation. The UW uses and kills thousands of animals—primates, mice, pigs, rabbits, cats, and others—every year, and they all suffer and die behind closed doors.
It is time for the University of Washington to join the growing trend towards no longer using animals in research.
Stand up and tell the University of Washington and Skanska, the construction company that currently has the contract to build the lab, that we will not stand for a new larger animal research lab.
Check out the No New Animal Lab Facebook page for event info and email email@example.com if you have any questions. For more information about the campaign, or to help organize demos, visit NoNewAnimalLab.com.
Where: Skanska USA Building 221 Yale Ave N Ste 400, Seattle, Washington 98109
Skanska USA is slated to begin construction of the new underground lab at the University of Washington as early as April, and it is especially important that activists in the Seattle area get involved in stopping it.
We will meet at 2:00 PM at the site of the proposed lab to discuss the campaign and what will happen to animals if we don’t stop this lab from being built. With the urgency of saving animals from hell in a new lab in our minds, we will then go to the houses of several different people who are key players in the plans to build the new lab. At each house, we will have a protest that will bring the message of NO NEW ANIMAL LAB to front doors.
Join us. The clock is ticking on the building of the new animal lab. The time is now to stop it…. What are you going to do?
Another Friday demo at the Skanska Seattle office (Skanska USA Office, 221 Yale Ave N Ste 400)
One definition of the word “sport” is as follows: “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. I will let you contemplate such things as baiting, blinds, beer, hunting accidents, night scopes, decoys, lures, hounds, high-powered rifles, crossbows, camouflage AND MANY MORE as you mentally list the reasons hunting and trapping ARE NOT SPORTS.
In view of that…let’s shoot down the mis-named “Sportsman’s Act”. Once again, a small faction of wealthy trophy hunters is pressuring your elected officials to allow the importation of — are you SERIOUS? — threatened polar bear trophies from Canada. They also want to open millions of acres of public lands to “sport” hunting and commercial trapping. And they want to do it without evaluating possible implications for animals, habitat and the opinions of Americans who enjoy our nation’s wild spaces without having to kill the inhabitants. This bill would also permanently strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the authority to regulate lead shot and other ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and would add lead sinkers and other fishing gear to the existing exemptions. To add insult to injury, the bill would direct up to $10 million annually toward improving access to landlocked public lands, allocate a larger proportion of existing federal funding to building and maintaining shooting ranges on federal and non-federal lands, and require federal land managers to consider how their plans may impact hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. Do I need to remind you of the suffering involved for animals left to die slowly of bad shots, for their families and children, for animals trapped for days in agony, whose only release is (maybe) the trapper and his dogs? Hunting and trapping are NOT sports. They are HORRORS.
Please, if you don’t already know who they are and how to get in touch with them, find your federal legislators here: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=electedOfficials_federal
and make a brief, polite phone call today to urge them to OPPOSE S. 405, the Sportsmen’s Act, and protect our wildlife and wildlands. (I know you don’t FEEL polite. I don’t either. But let’s pull ourselves together.) Follow up with an email (links at the same site above).