Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Senate Committee Advances Bill S. 1514 - Grows Threats to Wolves and ESA

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The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted minutes ago to advance the new Senate Sportsmen’s bill (S.1514) with its "War on Wolves" rider - an amendment proposing to permanently remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming, to allow trophy hunting of wolves to resume. To add insult to injury, the language on the rider prohibits judicial review thus preventing any legal challenge.

If the War on Wolves legislation is passed into law, wolves will die at the hands of trophy hunters.

Next the bill will be referred to the full Senate for a vote.

Take Action

Please call your senators TODAY and urge them to oppose S. 1514! Take action here.

Find your Senator’s contact info here.


Background

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 because Americans believed that protecting our wildlife was an obligation to future generations, our nation’s environmental health, our fellow creatures, and the heart of the American way of life. It included wildlife ranges and habitats irrespective of political boundaries because these habitats, which are vital to species survival, cross arbitrary lines. Today, many politicians have forgotten the values Congress embraced four decades ago as they now attempt to undermine one of most successful bipartisan pieces of legislation our country has ever adopted.

The ESA requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow the best available science, not politics, in recovery planning and implementation for an endangered species. The War on Wolves Rider blatantly ignores this federal mandate, and thus undermines the integrity of our nation’s most significant environmental law.

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