Stop the looming massacre of Brazilian wildlife!

Jaguar in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil) A jaguar in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (© Glauco Oliveira)

Lobbyists are pushing to legalize hunting in Brazil – even in nature reserves. Hunting is cruel and compromises ecosystems, and legalizing the blood sport would only cater to hunters’ lust for killing. Please help stop the hunting bill submitted to the Brazilian National Congress.

Call to action

To: the Brazilian National Congress – Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies

Reject the hunting bill No. 6,268/16 submitted to the Brazilian National Congress. Hunting is cruel and compromises ecosystems.

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Hunting – the killing of wildlife for “sport” – has been outlawed in Brazil for more than half a century. Now, a bill has been submitted to the Brazilian National Congress would legalize hunting throughout the country, including in nature reserves.

Bill No. 6,268/16 proposes the legalization of “sport” and commercial hunting grounds, as well as permitting commercial breeding and trade in wildlife.

Brazilian environmentalists have criticized the bill sharply, describing hunting as cruel, immoral and a medieval ritual. Legalized hunting would only cater to hunters’ lust for killing and boost the trade in threatened species. The bill also plays into the hands of the Brazilian arms industry and arms exporters, particularly those in the United States.

Brazil’s wildlife – which has already been decimated dramatically – must be protected against further destruction, writes APREMAVI, a Brazilian NGO.

Scientists reject the proposed law because hunting would compromise the health of natural ecosystems and cultivated land – and ultimately affect our own quality of life. Wildlife is crucial for both natural ecosystems and crops: by dispersing seeds it helps regenerate forests, maintains an ecological equilibrium and helps keep pests and diseases under control.

The bill would furthermore undermine wildlife protection established in the Law on Wildlife Protection (No. 5,197/67), the Law on Environmental Crimes (No. 9,605/98) and international treaties signed by Brazil such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Please support the petition to the Brazilian National Congress to protect wildlife and reject the hunting bill!

Back­ground

The hunting bill No.6,268/16 would legalize:

  • the shooting of threatened wildlife species

  • trade in wild and exotic animals

  • the establishment of commercial hunting grounds

  • the sale of animals delivered to wildlife centers to private owners and for hunting

  • the sale of animals by zoos to commercial traders, etc.

Statements by Brazilian environmental organizations and official documents on the proposed legislation:

- Apremavi (Associação de Preservação do Meio Ambiente e da Vida) com nota de repúdio em relação ao PL: https://apremavi.org.br/areas-tematicas/politicas-publicas/mobilizacao/eu-respeito-os-animais-da-natureza-e-digo-nao-a-caca/

- WWF Brasil: https://www.wwf.org.br/natureza_brasileira/reducao_de_impactos2/politicaspublicas/?uNewsID=65803

- Noticia falando que o autor da PL comanda um órgão de proteção florestal: https://congressoemfoco.uol.com.br/governo/deputado-defensor-da-liberacao-da-caca-de-animais-vai-comandar-orgao-de-protecao-florestal/

- PL 6268/2016: https://www.camara.leg.br/proposicoesWeb/fichadetramitacao?idProposicao=2113552 

- Jusbrasil: https://lfg.jusbrasil.com.br/noticias/436552163/risco-ambiental-projeto-de-lei-pode-liberar-caca-aos-animais-silvestres-do-brasil

https://www2.camara.leg.br/camaranoticias/radio/materias/RADIOAGENCIA/559886-PROPOSTA-QUE-MUDA-LEGISLACAO-SOBRE-ANIMAIS-E-CACA-NO-BRASIL-GERA-POLEMICA-E-DIVIDE-OPINIOES.html

https://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/app/noticia/brasil/2018/07/19/interna-brasil,696001/proibida-desde-1967-caca-de-animais-pode-ser-liberada-pela-camara.shtml

https://www.camara.leg.br/proposicoesWeb/fichadetramitacao?idProposicao=2113552

Lei de proteção à Fauna: http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/leis/L5197.htm

Letter

To: the Brazilian National Congress – Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We call on you to protect Brazil’s wildlife and reject Bill No. 6,268/16, a proposal to legalize hunting for “sport”.

Hunting is a cruel, immoral, medieval ritual that serves the interests of the arms industry, compromises the health of natural ecosystems and cultivated land, and impacts our own quality of life.

If passed, the bill would undermine wildlife protection established in the Law on Wildlife Protection (No. 5,197/67), the Law on Environmental Crimes (No. 9,605/98) and international treaties signed by Brazil such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Yours faithfully,

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