Save the Endangered Species Act and Speak Out For Wolves!
On April 9, 2011, Congressional Democrats and Republicans agreed to override sound science and public policy and remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves for purely political reasons. This is the first time in the law’s 37-year history that politicians have intervened to subvert the law’s intent.
The call for removal of wolves from listing under the Endangered Species Act came from ranchers and hunters in several western states where wolves have only recently been re-established – at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars – after being completely wiped out earlier this century. When science didn’t back their arguments and the wolves’ protected status was repeatedly upheld, the ranchers and hunters resorted to political maneuvering.
The effect on wolves will become obvious as soon as the already struggling population succumbs to cruel traps and bullets. The effect on the Endangered Species Act itself could be devastating, replacing science with politics in regulatory decision-making will render this shining achievement of animal protection law virtually toothless when it comes to protecting animals in the face of the interests of politically powerful commercial lobbies.
Tell your Senators and Representative that science, not politics, should determine if wolves are removed from the Endangered Species list.