It's no secret that some politicians cater to special-industry interests and have no respect for established precedent, science or federal laws. Through the use of unrelated policy riders tacked onto must-pass spending bills, House and Senate Republicans have repeatedly shown that they're not above trying to undermine wildlife protections through closed-door tactics.
President Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto legislation that rolls back environmental protections. Now's your chance to urge him to make good on his word by using his veto power to reject all riders negatively targeting wolves in the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.
The president must choose science over politics and set a precedent against any future attempts to strip wildlife protections through such bills.
Take action today -- urge President Obama to keep a hawk's eye on the Interior spending bill and use his veto until all toxic riders are cut.
I am writing to urge you to make good on your word to veto any legislation that rolls back environmental protections. There are several toxic riders negatively targeting wolves in the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill -- so you must veto this bill until these riders are removed.
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Congressional Republicans are shamelessly using the appropriations process to prematurely delist gray wolves throughout most of their current range -- in Oregon, Washington, the Great Lakes region and Wyoming -- and to circumvent the federal courts that have ruled in favor of this endangered species' protection.
As you may know, wolves only just gained protections in 2013 in western Washington, Oregon and California -- where only 68, 81 and 7 wolves are estimated to live in each state, respectively. So they still have a long way to go before achieving full recovery. Furthermore, federal courts have repeatedly held that gray wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming are entitled to Endangered Species Act protections. In September 2014 a federal judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to delist Wyoming's wolves, and in December 2014 another federal judge invalidated the agency's decision to delist wolves in the Great Lakes region. The ideologically driven riders in the Interior spending bill are therefore premature, contrary to the best available science and in violation of federal court precedent. They will expose wolves to cruel and unnecessary hunting and trapping.
I urge you to use your veto power to oppose all policy riders that threaten wolves, and I further urge your administration to oppose any future omnibus funding packages with riders threatening wildlife protections under the Endangered Species Act. In what for many species is actually a life-and-death matter, you absolutely must set the right precedent.