April 17, 2012
Congresswoman Susan Davis Opposes Unnecessary Federal
Lands Hunting Bill
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed legislation in the House that would spend $12 million to open up public lands to hunting that are already open to hunting. The bill would also lift the ban on the gruesome practice of importing the body parts of polar bears as trophies.
“This bill is a solution in search of a problem,” said Davis. “Four out of every five acres of public lands are already open to hunting. With so many issues confronting our nation that need to be addressed, it is confounding that the House is voting on unnecessary legislation.”
The bill would also amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow the importation of polar bear trophies, which is currently outlawed because polar bears are deemed a depleted species under the law. Davis supported an amendment to the overall bill to continue the ban on the importation of such trophies.
The Sportsman Heritage Act (H.R. 4089) passed the House on a vote of 274-146.