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HSUS TO CONGRESS: DON'T ALLOW HUNTING ON WILDLIFE REFUGES

 WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today told Congress that a bill institutionalizing recreational hunting on National Wildlife Refuges would only perpetuate the government's dishonest use of the term "refuge."
 The HSUS testified in a hearing on the Wildlife Refuge System Management and Policy Act of 1993, introduced by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Graham introduced this bill in response to a General Accounting Office (GAO) report detailing the many and varied incompatible uses of wildlife refuges. The provision endorsing sport hunting comes despite the GAO's finding that waterfowl hunting is one of the most harmful public uses of refuges.
 "Since hunting and trapping are direct assaults on wildlife, the authors of this bill should recognize that those uses are the most incompatible uses of all," said Dr. John W. Grandy, HSUS vice president of wildlife and habitat protection. Grandy testified before the Subcommittee on Environmental Protection of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
 Grandy testified on behalf of The HSUS, the nation's largest animal protection organization, and the Wildlife Refuge Reform Coalition, a group of more than 80 animal protection and environmental organizations whose combined memberships total more than 3 million people.
 This bill endorses recreational killing of refuge wildlife and would allow timber cutting, off-road vehicle use, livestock grazing and predator control to continue for at least five years.
 "It is an atrocity that the government allows hunting on the only lands in America designed specifically to protect wildlife," said Grandy. Currently, more than half of all wildlife refuges permit sport hunting, and the numbers continue to increase.
 "Congress must take the bold step that the GAO recommended and ban refuge hunting now, before more of our nation's wildlife are put at risk," said Grandy.
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 /CONTACT: Rachel Pancik of The Humane Society of the United States, 301-258-3071/


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