The clock is ticking. On Friday the government is due to shut down unless the Democrats and Republicans make a deal to extend the date. There are murmurings an extension has been agreed upon.
Section 1713 still looms in the Budget Bill, passed by the House of Representatives on February 19, 2011. Just to remind you how serious this is for wolves, it states:
“Sec. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.”
When you call Senator Boxer, please ask her to give you assurances that section 1713 will be stripped out of the final budget bill. 1713 would delist wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and return them to brutal state management.
I posted the draft of the “Wolf Bounty Bill” they are waiting to introduce in Idaho, which would treat wolves like vermin and put a $500 bounty on their heads. Is there any doubt what would happen to wolves if they were returned to state management/killing?
Here again are the contacts and talking points:
Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
-Let the Senators know you support wolves and want them protected.
-Tell Senators to strip section 1713 from the House Budget bill. This section delists wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and requires that states only have to maintain a population of just 300 wolves in the entire region. This means over 80% of wolves in the Northern Rockies could be slaughtered.
-The states of Idaho and Montana should not be allowed to “manage” wolves. Their prejudice against wolves is overriding good judgement and sound science.
-Section 1713 of the House Budget Bill undermines the ESA and tampers with one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever written. Do they want this to happen on their watch?
-Montana and Idaho politics are dominated by ranching and hunting interests, effectively drowning out the voices of Wildlife Watchers.
– The budget bill is no place to legislate the fate of wolves or any Endangered Species.
We don’ t have much time, March 4 is days away.
STAND FOR WOLVES NOW!!!
Editorial: Zeroing out wolves in the GOP budget
February 27, 2011
Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing — the U.S. House has embedded an amendment to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in its troublesome budget resolution that keeps the federal government in business after Friday. It’s one of many amendments the Senate needs to excise when it returns to Washington this week for work on the budget.
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Andrew Wetzler’s Blog
After wolves. Are bears next?
Posted February 27, 2011
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Photo: top and bottom photo courtesy kewlwallpapers.com
Middle Photo Wolf Skin: Courtesy C.B. Verlag
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act
Tags: Assault on wolves, Assault on the ESA, sneak attack section 1713, wolf persecution