U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) has just introduced a companion bill to Congressman Wayne Gilchrest's (R-MD) "Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004" (H.R. 4114). Senator Voinovich's bill (S. 2547) is on the fast track and has already passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This anti-animal legislation would amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to redefine migratory birds as only those native to the U.S. as of 1918, effectively removing federal protection for 94 bird species–including certain species of pelicans, swans, storks, cardinals, orioles, and cranes–which have been in place for decades. This 1918 cut-off is completely arbitrary, is not based on any scientific assessment, and could lead to the indiscriminate killing of birds across the U.S.
Please contact your U.S. Senators today and urge them to oppose this dangerous and reckless rewriting of a landmark animal protection law. Birds can't see boundaries. They should all be protected regardless of their "native" status. Tell them to oppose S. 2547.
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