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Letter to Legislators Concerning Bear Baiting
Wildlife Watch Inc.
Helping People, Environment, and Wildlife
PO BOX 562, NEW
PALTZ, NY 12561
Voice:(845) 256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
Contact: Joe Miele, Vice President 201-368-8271
The Honorable Peter T.
New York-3rd, Republican
436 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-3203
Dear Congressman King:
Wildlife Watch, Inc. is a New Paltz, New York based animal protection group
that seeks to educate the public about the mismanagement of wildlife by
state and federal wildlife agencies and the destruction of wildlife and
ecosystems in the name of sport hunting and game management.
On behalf of our nation-wide base of supporters, we urge you to cosponsor
the Gallegly-Moran bill, HR1472, the "Don't Feed the Bears Act." This
important piece of legislation will ban the irresponsible and cowardly
practice of bear baiting on federal lands.
Perhaps you are not aware of the practice of bear baiting. Bear baiting is
a way in which hunters lure bears toward their location so they can shoot
them from point-blank range. Many times hunters will construct bait piles
comprised of donuts and bagels, pizza and table scraps, in order to attract
hungry bears to a spot where they will be easily killed. Many hunters
condemn this sort of practice because it belies the notion of "fair chase"
that many hunters view as a requirement for an "ethical hunt." While we do
not believe in the existence of an "ethical hunt" we do agree with those
hunters who condemn the practice of bear baiting.
This barbaric practice is legal in just one-third of the twenty-seven states
that allow bear hunting, and should not be permitted to take place on
federal land. When the facts of this practice are reviewed, it is clear
that HR1472 is a bill worthy of support. We urge you to sign on as a
co-sponsor of HR1472 and to urge your colleagues in Congress to do the
same. If you have any questions regarding bear baiting or the need to pass
HR1472 into law, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Your reply to this most important
matter will be greatly appreciated.
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