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house Bill H.R. 2494

Should the U.S. Crackdown on International Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking?

Argument in favor

Poaching and wildlife trafficking are deplorable. The U.S. can play an important role in stopping them with small investments in the enforcement abilities of foreign governments, while punishing those who commit such crimes.

Alis's Opinion
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08/02/2015
Just because the U.S. cannot do everything, it is not an excuse to do nothing. We need to take the lead because the majority of hunters are rich, bored Americans who put no limits on their behavior--even if it means hunting endangered species to extinction. This reprehensible behavior must be stopped. NOW!!! Do you really want your rich bored grandchildren to never see an actual living elephant, lion or leopard? Even if they are prohibited from killing the last one on earth?
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Mikeizzo1993's Opinion
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08/02/2015
Humans have made more animals extinct than whatever killed the dinosaurs. We need to conserve the wildlife and protect their habitats and well being.
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Dudewizard's Opinion
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08/04/2015
I urge you to read the bill details here. This bill was proposed prior to Cecil's killing. These incentives should also give African gov'ts reason to cooperate the U.S., increasing information sharing between bodies and therefore national security. Yeah $6 million is money, but there are myriad benefits here. This will certainly hurt black market sellers in these areas.
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Argument opposed

There is only so much that the U.S. can do to ensure that foreign governments are abiding by international agreements. Aside from withholding assistance there isn’t much to deter countries from turning a blind eye.

BTSundra's Opinion
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02/03/2016
We should crack down on domestic poaching, but other countries' animals are not America's problem.
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virtuoso's Opinion
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11/15/2016
International poaching.....? We are worried about ANIMALS in SOME OTHER COUNTRY while we drown is $20 trillion debt? Unbelievable.
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Ethan's Opinion
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08/03/2015
This is just another problem that the government is not responsible for. We need to stop wasting tax payer dollars on feel good proposals that can't be enforced.
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    Just because the U.S. cannot do everything, it is not an excuse to do nothing. We need to take the lead because the majority of hunters are rich, bored Americans who put no limits on their behavior--even if it means hunting endangered species to extinction. This reprehensible behavior must be stopped. NOW!!! Do you really want your rich bored grandchildren to never see an actual living elephant, lion or leopard? Even if they are prohibited from killing the last one on earth?
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    We should crack down on domestic poaching, but other countries' animals are not America's problem.
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    Humans have made more animals extinct than whatever killed the dinosaurs. We need to conserve the wildlife and protect their habitats and well being.
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    I urge you to read the bill details here. This bill was proposed prior to Cecil's killing. These incentives should also give African gov'ts reason to cooperate the U.S., increasing information sharing between bodies and therefore national security. Yeah $6 million is money, but there are myriad benefits here. This will certainly hurt black market sellers in these areas.
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    It's time. If these animals were in abundance and were needed for food hunting would be fine however this is not the case. It has become a cruel sport to satisfy the egos of some wealthy people who do not care if they decimate that particular animal population.
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    Yes, most of the hunters do it for the thrill. Conservation just gives them a little cover
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    Especially those wealthy, American jackasses doing it. Also, they should extradite said American jackasses to face charges in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed.
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    International poaching.....? We are worried about ANIMALS in SOME OTHER COUNTRY while we drown is $20 trillion debt? Unbelievable.
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    This bill would enact policies aimed at stopping poaching and wildlife trafficking around the world.
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    Protecting the natural environment that we are very good at destroying is a must if we want anything left of nature for our children.
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    We should do all we can. This has got to stop. We are losing animals at an alarming rate. Pretty soon there will be none left. And after Cecil the lion I think we have had enough.
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    A country can be judged by they way it treats the elderly, the disabled and how it treats animals.
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    Too many beautiful endangered animals are killed as it is. Ending the lives of other sentient beings on our planet for fun is mental illness, not sport. Shoot animals with cameras, not guns.
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    For those who say "There are more important issues," when it comes to animal rights and other topics, you need to learn respect for animal lives as well as our Earth. We are the caretakers of this Earth; therefore, we should learn to RESPECT what was graciously given to us by God.
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    There is no justification for killing any animal for fun!
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    Poaching in the year of 2016 is ridiculous. With a lot of animals going extinct in the world, somethings we cant stop but poaching we can. If we worked harder to end it we could save some species
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    No thats money that we dont have thats going to a cause that wont benefit our country. We need to focus on the US and the problems we're facing.
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    Killing an animal is like killing a human they are real creature
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    The US has plenty of internal problems to deal with.
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    We need to protect endangered species from trophy hunting.
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