The SHARE Act is about anti-environmental lawmakers pushing an anti-wildlife agenda that will hurt our natural heritage. This bill should be vigorously opposed on the House floor and should not be signed into law.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
WASHINGTON,
13
September
2017
|
11:02 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

SHARE Act Anything but Generous Towards Wildlife

Today the House Natural Resources Committee voted to advance H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, to the House floor. The bill includes multiple attacks on wildlife, public lands, endangered species and marine ecosystems. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a Senate version of the bill, S. 1514, in July.

Statement from Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“The SHARE Act is about anti-environmental lawmakers pushing an anti-wildlife agenda that will hurt our natural heritage. This bill should be vigorously opposed on the House floor and should not be signed into law.

“While the SHARE Act purports to benefit sportsmen and their enjoyment of wildlife and wildlands, the bill actually undermines our conservation legacy. It contains an avalanche of attacks on the laws and regulations that protect our natural heritage such as the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and a rule that helps protect wolves and bears on public lands in Alaska.”

Background:

  • The SHARE Act undermines the Endangered Species Act by legislatively delisting wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it would prohibit judicial review of that delisting. It would also prohibit judicial review of a recent court decision to delist wolves in Wyoming.
  • The SHARE Act includes a detrimental provision that would void a federal rule that conserves iconic carnivores on National Park Service preserves in Alaska, instead permitting extreme, unscientific hunting practices on these public lands, including baiting bears and shooting wolves and their cubs during denning season.
  • The bill also threatens our national wildlife refuges by waiving National Environmental Policy Act review for all management activities on all 850 million acres of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and curtailing a vital conservation program called the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, preventing addition of key habitats to the Refuge System.
  • The legislation would additionally subvert statutory protection for wilderness by opening pristine wilderness lands to temporary road construction, motorized vehicles and other activities that undermine the purpose of congressionally designated wilderness areas. Permitting these activities would contravene longstanding wilderness law and policy, weaken conservation of essential wildlife habitat and decrease high-quality recreational opportunities across America.
  • The SHARE Act would also change the definition of hunting to include trapping on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, potentially allowing trapping in areas where it was previously prohibited.
  • The bill would prohibit regulation of toxic lead, which harms fish, wildlife and human health.
  • The SHARE Act would interfere with federal agencies’ ability to protect marine and coastal wildlife habitat, including sea turtle and seabird nesting beaches.
  • A coalition of conservation advocates sent a letter to the House Natural Resources Committee urging members to vote “NO” on H.R. 3668 (the SHARE Act), which can be found here. The SHARE Act includes a broad range of destructive provisions that threaten wildlife, public lands and marine ecosystems, erode bedrock environmental laws and undermine key conservation policies.

###

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With nearly 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.