Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Revoke federal policy that allows endangered animals to be shot and killed by hunters.
Hunters can kill endangered animals without consequence due to a legal loophole known as the McKittrick Policy. Hunters who kill an endangered animal and claim it was an “accident” and that they misidentified the animal cannot be punished, according to the Justice Department.
This policy is named after a hunter who, in 1995, shot and killed an endangered wolf in Yellowstone National Park. He claimed that he thought the wolf was a rabid dog. While the court did not believe him, the Justice Department did and enacted a policy to protect hunters like him. Since 1998, nearly 50 wolves in the state of New Mexico alone have been killed illegally. Many of the wolves were killed under the presumption or claim that they were dogs.
President Obama has the power to revoke this troubling policy and protect the nation’s endangered species. President Obama has always worked tirelessly to protect our environment. Ask that, as one of his final acts as president, he revoke this policy.
Dear President Obama,
I want to thank you for the acts you have taken over the last eight years to protect our environment. From national monuments to the Paris Agreement, you have shown that you believe the planet should be protected at all costs. If we don’t have a planet, we don’t have a home. I ask that you carry out one final act protecting our environment by revoking the troubling McKittrick Policy.
The policy was enacted by the Justice Department at the end of the last century. It protects hunters who claim to have “accidentally” killed endangered animals. Dozens of animals have been killed since this act was put into place. Many more are threatened. I ask that you use your presidential powers to revoke this act, holding hunters accountable for their actions and protecting our nation’s endangered species.
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