NDA Applauds Reintroduction of Bill Aimed at CWD Research

February 5, 2019 | by National Deer Alliance

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., has reintroduced bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).  Specifically, HR 837 directs the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to team with the National Academies of Science to conduct a study to learn more about how the disease is transmitted both wild and captive situations.

“One of the more frustrating aspects of CWD is our lack of understanding of how it is transmitted between deer,” said NDA President and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto. “While there are things we do know for sure, like moving live deer and infectious parts of dead deer is bad, there is still much to learn and we are hopeful this bill passes and gets us closer to the answers we’re looking for.”

CWD is now found in 26 states, but experts suspect it is present in many more. Learning more about how the disease spreads will help deer managers make decisions about what practices to employ to slow it down, or maybe stop it altogether. “It’s another piece of a large and complex puzzle,” added Pinizzotto. “Prioritizing what is researched is important, and it makes sense for this project to be at the top of the list.”

The bill currently has 10 co-sponsors, which include Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.; Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.; Tom Emmer, R-Minn.; Marc Veasey, D-Texas; Garret Graves, R-La.; Trent Kelly, R-Miss.; Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; Steve King, R-Iowa; and Sean Duffy, R-Wis. Sportsmen can help advance HR 837 by contacting their representatives and asking them to support this important legislation.