Protect Wild Animals from Hunters, Anglers and Trappers
Action Alert from


In Defense of Animals (IDA)
November 2013


Titled the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 3197), this legislative package is considered a milestone for the sportsmen community.

Let's make sure that this bill (H. R. 3197) does not go anywhere. Contact the House Judiciary Committee, the parent committee of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, to which the bill was referred in October, and let them know that you strongly oppose this bill.

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House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone (202) 225-3951

Find contact information for Judiciary Committee Members here


As an avid wildlife advocate and supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA), I strongly oppose the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 3197).

Each new version of the "sportsman heritage act" in the past has attempted to bypass, eviscerate or eliminate environmental protections or expand consumptive or disruptive uses of public lands or to expand hunting. This bill is no exception, as it is aimed to benefit hunters, anglers and trappers only--and it would give those who enjoy killing wildlife a voice and even an advisory role, while the majority of the public will once again not be heard.

The bill comes at a time when wolves are being proposed for delisting, and it is safe to assume, given the aggressive stance against carnivores by these special interest groups, that the result will be to kill most predators or manage them as token populations living in fringe areas where they are constantly hunted, harassed or tortured.

The non-hunting public already shares its tax-funded public lands with "consumptive wildlife users." We don't need to support hunting, fishing and trapping--a dying culture of killing wild animals for fun and recreation--and we most certainly don't need to make these activities a priority in federal land decisions.

What we do need is more protection for wild animals and their habitat--public lands--not less, as this bill is proposing. I urge you to oppose this inhumane and appalling bill in total.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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