Representatives Kind, Thompson Introduce Biparty Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act
Washington DC– Today, United States Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI)and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA)introduced a bipartisan bill to research and manage the spread of vschronic wa puncture Ddisease (CWD), a contagious neurological disease affecting deer – deer, elk and moose – which is always fatal.
There is no known cure for CWD and it is not known how the disease is transmitted. As of August 2021, CWD has been confirmed in 25 states, and there are serious concerns that the disease will continue to spread to herds across the country. The Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Actsupport the efforts of states and tribes to develop and implement management strategies and fund research into methods to better detect and prevent cervid encephalopathy.
“As an avid hunter, I know how important it is to maintain a healthy deer herd in Wisconsin so that we can protect our outdoor traditions and our economy,” said Representative Ron Kind. “CWD is a serious threat to our deer herds, and we need everyone on the bridge to fight this disease. This is why I am proud to team up with my colleague Rep. Thompson and introduce this bipartisan bill that brings scientists, local officials, and hunters to the table to help manage and prevent the spread of CWD. “
“CWD has been a big problem for populations of Pennsylvania deer and other deer, such as elk and moose, across the country,” Representative Thompsonnoted. “This bill has been developed with strong stakeholder support and will prioritize research on transmission, resistance and diagnosis of CWD. It is imperative that we better understand the genetic implications of the disease, so that we can develop the most appropriate policies to address the problem. I look forward to moving quickly with my colleagues in Congress to do our part in eradicating CWD. “
The Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Actis also supported by several wildlife and sports organizations including: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Boone & Crockett, National Deer Association (NDA), North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), and theMule deer foundation.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) congratulates the representatives of the members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. Kind and Thompson for their leadership in introducing a practical, bipartisan and comprehensive bill to address one of the management problems of the most critical wildlife today – chronic wasting disease (CWD) “mentioned President and CEO of CSF, Jeff Crane. “This legislation brings together all interested stakeholders in the CWD – including America’s 55 million athletes – in a focused political effort, and is an unprecedented step forward in the fight against this worrisome disease.”
“The threat posed by the CWD to deer hunting in America is hard to overstate – for too long, funding issues, research questions and ineffective enforcement have resulted in a worsening of the status quo,” said Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “Stopping the accelerated spread of this disease each year requires a global effort that can only be achieved through the pragmatic and bipartisan approach of this bill. The TRCP and our partners are grateful for the leadership of Representatives Kind and Thompson and look forward to working alongside the two lawmakers to pass this crucial legislation. “
“Chronic wasting disease is one of the greatest threats facing deer, elk and moose populations across the country, jeopardizing hunting opportunities, ecosystems and the outdoor economy of our country, “said Mike Leahy, director of wildlife, hunting and fishing policy for the National Wildlife Federation. “We are grateful to Representatives Kind and Thompson for their unwavering leadership on this critical issue. The bipartisan Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act will help ensure that state and tribal agencies on the front lines in the fight against this disease have the resources they need to better understand and stop its spread. “
“Chronic wasting disease is a significant threat to many large game species native to our country, a challenge that affects both future hunting opportunities and the health of these ecologically important wildlife,” said James F. Arnold, President of the Boone and Crockett Club. “We appreciate the continued leadership of Congressmen Kind and Thompson for their efforts to find solutions to this growing challenge. The legislation they introduced today will provide vital new funding to state wildlife agencies that are on the front lines in tackling CWD. “
“Chronic wasting disease is not only a significant threat to deer, elk and moose, it is a threat to the management of all wildlife that is supported by the pursuit of these affected species by hunters. The CWD Research and Management Act will help states and tribes manage the disease locally while providing much needed financial support to researchers looking for ways to stop it, ”said Nick Pinizzotto, President and CEO of the National Deer Association.
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is proud to support this important legislation proposed by Representatives Kind and Thompson to improve and support important management and research efforts to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is a neurological disease contagious affecting deer, elk and moose – it’s always fatal. “CWD is a serious threat to the future of deer conservation, this legislation addresses issues that could drastically change the way mule and white-tailed deer are managed,” said Joel Pedersen, President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation.
“On behalf of the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), we would like to thank Ranking Member Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) for crafting truly impactful legislation for fight against chronic diseases of waste. (CWD). This bill will enable us to develop the scientific tools necessary to combat CWD in populations of farmed and wild deer. This disease has not received the The federal attention it deserves, so far. I would like to thank the hunting and conservation organizations that have served In the past, research funds were very limited, but with our new federal partners, this will allow universities, tribes, state agriculture, and wildlife agencies to access the federal funds needed to conduct critical research.We owe our hunters, family farms, children, and future conservation efforts across the board. s this great country to collectively adopt this important law, ”said Shawn Schafer, Executive Director of NADeFA.
Learn more about the bipartite bill here.