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Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments of 2006 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)   109th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4075   This House Bill proposes to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  The impetus behind the bill was the recent passage of the House bill that puts into effect a 2000 treaty that sets quotas on polar bear hunting by native populations in the U.S. and Russia and establishes a bilateral commission to analyze how best to sustain the polar bear habitat.  
Polar Bear Protection Act of 2007 (Introduced in Senate)   S. 1406  

This legislation seeks to close a loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act that currently allows American trophy hunters to bring the heads and hides of polar bears into the United States.

 
United States-Russia Polar Bear Conservation and Management Act of 2005 (Reported in Senate)   Calendar No. 365 109th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2013   This is the Senate version of the bill that puts into effect the 2000 treaty between the U.S. and Russia that sets quotas on polar bear hunting by native populations in the two countries and establishes a bilateral commission to analyze how best to sustain the polar bear habitat.  
US - MBTA - Senate Bill 2547 An Act to Amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)   2004 Senate Bill 2547   This Act, now known as the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act (MBTRA), revamps the MBTA by excluding species of birds that are "non-native" to the United States.  Under the bill, a bird species shall not be treated as native to the United States if the species occurs in the United States solely as a result of intentional or unintentional human-assisted introduction after the date of adoption of the treaty in 1918.  As a result, some 94 species of birds currently protected under the treaty would lose their protected status.  
US - Slaughter - Downed Animal Protection Act (House Version)   H.R. 1421 (2001)  

To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for any stockyard owner, market agency, or dealer to transfer or market nonambulatory cattle, sheep, swine, horses, mules, or goats, and for other purposes.   (Proposed in 2001, but not adopted).

 
US - Slaughter - Downed Animal Protection Act (Senate Version)   S 267 IS (107th Congress)  

To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, to make it unlawful for any stockyard owner, market agency, or dealer to transfer or market nonambulatory livestock, and for other purposes.   (Proposed in 2001, but not adopted).

 
US - Trade - Bear Protection Act (Lacey Act)   H.R. 5534 (2008)   A bill to amend the Lacey Act to extend its protections to bears illegally harvested for their gallbladders in the same manner as with respect to prohibited wildlife species.  
WI - Cats - Question 62 - DEFEATED   Wisconsin 2005 Question 62  

This controversial measure would have allowed hunters to hunt any cat that was found free roaming, meaning it did not exhibit a collar or other signs of domestic ownership.  At the Monday, April 11, 2005 meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, those in favor of the feral cat hunting proposal approved the measure by a vote of 6,830 to 5,201.  This approval was then forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration.  Proponents of the measure suggest feral cats expose domestic animals to disease and endanger native songbirds.  Opponents of the measure counter that such a law would be cruel and archaic, putting domestic cats who have escaped from their homes at risk of death.  On May 25, 2005 at the Natural Resources Board regular spring meeting, a representative of the Congress indicated that the Executive Committee has declined to pursue the issue any further.  (See the official meeting minutes at page 5 at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/minutes/M05/0505%20minutes.pdf).  Feral cat advocates claimed a public relations victory, as the measure gained national and even international criticism.  (See Alley Cat Allies at http://www.alleycat.org/wi.html).  (For more on the procedural history of this measure, see the "Long Summary" under the "Statute Details" above).   

 

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