Our national parks are among the few remaining safe havens for wildlife. However, park rangers are struggling to stay one step ahead of the poachers. In a reckless about-face on the issue triggered by pressure from the radical leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the National Park Service is considering a change in the law that would allow park visitors to carry loaded weapons in national parks. Please speak out to keep wildlife safe.
The illegal killing of wildlife in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal hunted legally -- tens of millions of animals per year -- another is killed illegally. And with scarce wildlife enforcement resources and countless acres of open land, only a handful of poachers are caught and punished for their crimes.
Allowing loaded weapons will give cover to poachers who would take aim at park wildlife. Currently, the presence of a loaded weapon is the main clue available for rangers in discovering and identifying poachers.
Help park rangers protect wildlife and stop the NRA's latest assault on America's wildlife. Send a message to government officials and ask that they keep loaded weapons out of national parks. Please tell your friends and family how they can help, too.
The government is only accepting comments until the end of the month, so please take action now. Thank you for all you do for animals!
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States