Protect Millions of Hunted Animals! Block the Sportsmen’s Act.

About the Petition

More than 100 million animals are reported killed by hunters annually, not including the deaths of millions of animals unregulated by state agencies. Although less than 5% of Americans hunt, hunting is currently permitted in 60% of U.S. wildlife areas. Congress is even considering increasing hunting opportunities with a new bill, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 (S. 1335).

The act aims to convert public lands into wildlife areas for hunting and trapping, permit transportation of bows through national parks, and creating shooting ranges on federal lands. It also allows importation of “trophies” from polar bear kills in Canada. These provisions threaten the lives of animals and violate the Public Trust Doctrine, which bans interest groups from dominating natural resources.

Stand with In Defense of Animals and urge Congress to contest S. 1335.

Photo: Red foxes, a common prey for hunters (Credit: Damian Kuzdak/Getty Images)

To: U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate

As your concerned constituents, we ask you to oppose S. 1335, the Sportsmen’s Act.

The bill attempts to increase hunting prospects in the U.S., but only a small number of Americans (13.7 million) hunt. By allocating public land toward hunting, we use tax dollars to support wildlife slaughter at a time when animals already face overwhelming threats, such as loss of habitat and climate change. The bill also jeopardizes human lives by allowing bows to be carried through national parks and creating shooting ranges on public lands.

This law promotes the inhumane act of hunting for sport and exacerbates the illegal wildlife trade. I support IDA in urging you to vote down S. 1335.


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    Zoe Allen
    Victoria, TX
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    L Avinia Rojas
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    Sandy, UT
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    Scott Nelson
    Bethel Island, CA
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    Sarah Cranston
    United Kingdom
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    Nevada, TX
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    Garland, TX
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    United Kingdom
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    Au Gres, MI
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    Ramsey, NJ
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    Knoxville, TN
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