Anti-wolf sentiment is heating up -- politicians and extremists are fanning the flames of hate against wolves, some even calling wolf poachers "wildlife patriots." Now, these wolf-haters are taking their discrimination to Congress: certain lawmakers are proposing legislation that prevents wolves from being protected under the Endangered Species Act.
This is the first time EVER that lawmakers are proposing to deny Endangered Species protections to one particular named species. If this legislation is enacted, it would not only threaten wolves in the Northern Rockies but also the very foundation of the Endangered Species Act.
These lawmakers -- fueled by wolf haters like the group who suggested using shelter dogs and sheep as bait to lure wolves to their deaths -- are threatening the viability of our wolves.
Tell Congress: don't cave to anti-wolf hate. Make sure science, not politics, guides the management of America's wolves.
I am deeply concerned by various House and Senate bills that threaten the historic wolf recovery efforts in the American West. Although the bills have various flaws, all would wrongly undermine or terminate outright Endangered Species Act protections without adequate safeguards to ensure wolf populations are not driven down to unsustainable levels.
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As a constituent and supporter of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, I strongly urge you to oppose these bills (S. 3825, S. 3864 and S. 3919 in the Senate and H.R. 6028 in the House) and commit to supporting the following core principles for the recovery of wolves to the American West:
* A healthy sustainable number of wolves in the Northern Rockies must be maintained so that the important contributions these magnificent animals make to local ecosystems are not lost.
* Sound, scientific wildlife management, not politics or extremists, should determine the future of our wolves.
* Federal delisting and state management plans must ensure long term sustainable wolf populations. We cannot allow this historic conservation achievement to be jeopardized by delisting or management plans that drive wolf populations down to unsustainable levels.
* The ESA must continue to be a viable safety net should wolves decline to unsustainable numbers in the future.
Our nation worked hard to bring wolves back from the brink of extinction. With the passage of the Endangered Species Act, we promised to manage wolves and other wildlife in a healthy and sustainable way so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of this keystone species and our rich wildlife heritage.
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