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Bush Administration Declares Open Hunting Season on Endangered Species

Date : 15th October 2003, Source : RAN

With the world in the midst of a mass species extinction not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs, the Bush Administration recently announced a plan that will encourage the import and sale of endangered species to the U.S. The proposed change in policy will cater to hunters, circuses and the pet industry, encouraging them to kill, capture and import animals, many of which are on the brink of extinction. Endangered species from other countries will become commodities to be killed or captured by greedy individuals and businesses that profit from the exploitation of animals and destruction of wildlife. Worse yet, the policy change takes advantage of poor countries, many of which are forced to exploit their natural resources in order to make debt payments to the U.S. and other industrialized nations.

Despite the Bush Administrationís rhetoric on protecting endangered species, this new policy is the equivalent of a declaration of war on endangered wildlife worldwide. It opens the floodgates for the legal trade of endangered species in the United States and will hasten the extinction of some of our most threatened and vulnerable species.

Rainforest Action Network is calling for immediate action to pressure the Bush Administration to stop the killing of endangered species abroad. Please take a moment to write a letter to President Bush and tell him to stop using your tax money to fund the destruction of endangered species!

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