This is terrific news!! With Friends of Animals joining the lawsuit there will be four highly respected conservation groups going to bat for wolves. If you noticed The Safari Club, NRA and Montana Farm Bureau have also asked to intervene in the wolf delisting lawsuit for the other side.
Friends of Animals, a staunch supporter of animal rights, has filed a motion in Montana District Court to join the lawsuit brought by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians, that challenges the constitutionality of the wolf delisting rider. The rider was slipped into a must-pass budget bill by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) . 81 Senators then voted yes to delist wolves in a budget bill. Only three Democrats voted against it: Leahy, Levin and Wyden. Bernie Sanders of VT, an Independent, also voted no. President Obama signed the bill into law, which is no surprise since his administration has now delisted wolves twice and he hasn’t even completed his first term. We can’t blame the Republicans for everything.
Here’s the press release Friends of Animals posted on their website:
Friends of Animals Challenges Unconstitutional Wolf Delisting Rider
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 27 May 2011
Contact: Dustin Rhodes
Phone: (202) 906-0210
Darien, Connecticut—Friends of Animals filed a Motion to Intervene in the case Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Salazar, which challenges the constitutionality of Section 1713 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, P.L. 112-10 (also called the “budget rider” or the “wolf rider”). The budget rider directed the USFWS to reinstate the 2007 wolf delisting rule, which removed gray wolves in all areas of the Northern Rocky Mountains Distinct Population Segment (DPS) from protection under the Endangered Species Act. The original complaint was filed by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians on May 5, 2011 and the case was recently consolidated with another case, Center for Biological Diversity v. Salzar. The complaints challenge constitutionality of this legislative enactment.
Friends of Animals’ president Priscilla Feral says,
We must do everything in our power to undo the deadly disservice that was done to gray wolves; taking them off of the Endangered Species List was not only unethical and unjust—it was unconstitutional.
The wolf delisting rider, which was included in the 2011 federal budget, was sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and was passed with a bipartisan vote of 81-19 on April 14, 2011.
PLEASE VISIT ALL FOUR GROUP’S WEBSITES (I linked to them in this post) AND GIVE GENEROUSLY TO HELP THEM WIN THIS LAWSUIT FOR THE WOLVES!!
Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: Friends of Animals, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater, WildEarth Guardians, Wolf Delisting Lawsuit