In ANIMAL PEOPLE
, November/December 2007
"Cat-killing bill may be stalled" - last paragraph
The text of Animal People articles does not appear online until some weeks after the print version but is generally available on request, or posted elsewhere as in today‘s (December 2) Friends of Animals’ news post. The October 2007 issue of Animal People just went online which includes the Animal People article reporting on HR 767 after it passed the House on October 22, 2007.
The devil was in the details--and may still be, as even if the Senate does not act on HR 767, a similar measure could be slipped through as a rider on any Interior Department appropriation bill, the avenue that former Senator Conrad Burns of Montana used in 2004 to undo key provisions of the 1971 federal law that protected wild horses from sale to slaughter.
A timeline for HR 767 is outlined in my November 13 Feral Cat Blog! post HR 767 Refuge REPAIR Act
-- from its introduction in January 2007, testimony given, some wildlife groups who supported it -- to press releases and articles after passing the House October 22, 2007.
A Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus was created in early May 2006 by U.S. House Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis), Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Michael Castle (R-Del) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif) and launched in September 2006. Caucus members as of November 2007 are listed here
HR 767 was described as "the banner legislation" of the Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus by the Wildlife Management Institute in their August 2007 news bulletin
An earlier Refuge REPAIR Act was introduced July 26, 2006 in the 109th Congress, HR 5900
. A Policy News Update
from the Ecological Society of America on September 22, 2006 stated:
Members of the caucus recently introduced legislation to help combat invasive species, the primary ecological and financial threat to the Refuge System. According to its sponsors, the Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, & Immediate Response (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 5900), proposes an innovative and cost-effective approach to maximize eradication efforts and establishes a grant program to combat invasive species on and adjacent to refuges.
In April 2007, the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement(CARE)
(created in 1995, its membership includes wildlife, fishing, hunting, and "sportsmen" organizations) announced their report "Restoring America's Wildlife Legacy 2007," which
details the nationwide impact of funding shortfalls and illustrates many of the deteriorating conditions at national wildlife refuges. It also outlines the consequences of under-funding and recommends funding levels for fiscal years 2009-2013 to offset the damage already occurring throughout the system.
Comments by House Representatives Kind, Saxton, and Castle were included in the Defenders of Wildlife press release on the CARE report Future of Nation's Wildlife Refuges at Risk
Diverse Coalition Issues New Report Showing that Chronic Under-Funding Is Threatening America's Wildlife and Wild Lands
Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus Co-Chairs Speak Out
On October 10, 2007, CARE honored six leaders of Congress
including founding members of the Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus for their "efforts to protect—and adequately fund—the refuge system."
Alley Cat Allies has just posted a statement about HR 767