Here we go again. Wolves are being used as political footballs, by none other than Senate Democrats. They inserted language into the budget that will strip gray wolves of their ESA protections in the Northern Rockies, with no judicial review. The Dems apparently removed most of the bad riders out of the new CR but left the wolf delisting section in place. We can’t blame the Republicans for this one. Who would have thought Democrats would support a rider that would selectively remove a species from the ESA, damaging its integrity forever? No species will ever be safe again. All for political expediency.
“In the final hours of Friday, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii introduced the Senate version of the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the nation’s budget. Sadly, this new version carries the same deadly news for wolves that was contained in the House of Representatives budget bill. It appears that this new wolf rider (Section 1709), promoted by Senator Jon Tester of Montana, is the only anti-environmental rider to resurface in the Senate version of the CR. It contains exactly the same sad language as a rider in the House version of the bill, introduced there by Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho. It is important that our Senators be reminded that the wildlife of this nation belongs to each and every citizen, not to individuals in any one state.“
Senator Tester faces a strong challenge by Rep. Denny Rehberg in 2012 for his Senate seat. Both are trying to out do each other to see who can look more anti-wolf and play to the hunting and ranching lobbies, who would like nothing better than to rid the Northern Rockies of wolves. It looks like the Dems will do anything to hold onto Tester’s seat and their majority in the Senate, even if it means throwing wolves under the bus. To say I’m disgusted would be an understatement.
Wolf Warriors, our strategy is simple. Start faxing and calling the Capital Switchboard this weekend. You can leave messages on the Senators answering machines. When Monday rolls around you’ll be able to speak to the Senator’s aides directly. Let them know how betrayed you feel that they would sacrifice wolves on the altar of political expediency. Ask them if they know wolves could be slaughtered in the hundreds if this so-called budget bill passes. It deserves to be called the “Wolf Slaughter Bill”.
The Senate majority leader,Harry Reid (D-NV), was quoted in the Washington Post on Wednesday, stating the Senate Democrats would fight the addition of riders to the budget bill. Today they did remove most of the riders with one big exception, WOLVES!!
“Reid indicated Wednesday that Senate Democrats will work to oppose the inclusion of those riders in a long-term spending measure.”
“They’re going to go away,” Reid said of the riders on the House-passed bill. “Let them bring these riders they have in individual pieces of legislation. They can pass these pretty easy in the House; send them over here.”
Here is what I will would say to Senator Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate.
Dear Senator Reid,
Please remove section 1709 of the new Senate CR. It’s the twin of 1713, the rider introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), into the House version of the budget bill, that would delist wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review. Wolves and the ESA do not belong in budget bills.
Why are wolves being targeted for slaughter? Is it worth it to play politics with the ESA and leave wolves defenseless against the hate.
There’s a battle going in the Northern Rockies, called Wolf Wars. It’s pretty nasty and there are many hunters chomping at the bit, waiting for wolves to be delisted. Yet these are America’s wolves. They don’t belong to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington. They belong to the American people. Most Americans like wolves and want them protected. Please don’t listen to just special interests from the hunting and ranching lobbies.They have a vested interest in wanting wolves gone.
So many wolves are killed each year already. Five hundred wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009. 272 killed by deadly Wildlife Services. 206 by the wolf hunts and another 26 wolves killed by poachers, private citizens, motor vehicle accidents and general wolf morality. There were approx. 520 wolves in Montana before the hunts, the 2010 fall count was 400, down over a hundred wolves.
Senator Reid, wolves can’t take anymore killing. They’ve had their puppies slaughtered, their families destroyed, they are relentlessly hounded and tracked. A wolf hating website even discussed the idea of hunters spreading Xylitol on guts piles so wolves will eat them and die. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener toxic to canines. This is the environment that exists now for wolves in the Northern Rockies, WITH ESA PROTECTION. Can you imagine what will happen to them if control is turned back to the states?
Just before Judge Molloy relisted wolves, Montana had raised the hunt quota to 186, more then doubling the number of wolves that would be killed. They also wanted a wolf archery and back country rifle season. Idaho was discussing trapping, baiting and calling wolves for their 2010 hunts. Sound like a good environment to entrust wolves’ lives too?
Wolves were exterminated once in the West. They are protected under the ESA for a reason It’s not just the number of wolves that exist but the climate they live in. They are used as scapegoats and demonized by special interests, who spread myths and rumors about wolves. This species needs the protection of the ESA.
The anti-wolf crowd couldn’t win in court and now they’re trying an end round the ESA.
Is it right or fair to put wolves lives on the line for a few votes? Is it proper science to allow politicians to make decisions on what species should be listed? Who will be next? Grizzly bears, when they get in someone’s way?
1709 would place the ESA on a slippery slope, destroying its integrity.
Americans won’t forget at the polls, if Democrats turn their backs on the Endangered Species Act!!
You stated last Wednesday the bad riders attached to the budget bill would go away. Well there is one rider that’s conveniently still in the bill, courtesy of Senator Tester. Please stand up for wolves and make sure it is removed.
Here are the names of key Senators to call. Concentrate on them, then call as many Senators as you can. (We want them to be greeted on Monday with a big pile of faxes, all from wolf advocates.)
We cannot abandon the wolves and let Senate Democrats play election politics with their lives. Shame on any Democrat that supports this. Don’t stop calling until you feel like your dialing finger is going to fall off. They will hear from the American people on this!!!
Capital Switchboard Numbers – give the name of the Senator & you will be transferred to their office. You will then either speak to a staff member, or on the weekend – to voice mail.
Key Senators To Contact:
Bennet, Michael F. – (D-CO)
Fax: (202) 228-5036
Web Form: bennet.senate.gov/contact/
Boxer, Barbara – (D-CA)
Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/
Bingaman, Jeff – (D-NM)
Web Form: bingaman.senate.gov/contact/
Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D-MD)
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
DC Phone: 202-224-2441
DC Fax: 202-228-2190
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D-NY)
Fax (212) 688-7444
Web Form: gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/
Kerry, John F. – (D-MA)
Web Form: kerry.senate.gov/contact/
Lugar, Richard G. – (R-IN)
Web Form: lugar.senate.gov/contact/
Merkley, Jeff – (D-OR)
Fax: (202) 228-3997
Web Form: merkley.senate.gov/contact/
Murray, Patty – (D-WA)
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Web Form: murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
Reed, Jack – (D-RI)
Fax 401- 464-6837
Web Form: reed.senate.gov/contact/contact-share.cfm
Reid, Harry – (D-NV)
Web Form: reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Schumer, Charles E. – (D-NY)
Web Form: schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
DC Phone: 202-224-4822
DC Fax: 202-228-0325
Udall, Mark – (D-CO)
Web Form: CLICK HERE
Udall, Tom – (D-NM)
Web Form: CLICK HERE
DC Phone: 202-224-2023
DC Fax: 202-224-6295
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)
DC Phone: 202-224-5244
DC Fax: 202-228-2717
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)
Web Form: whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/
Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461
If you live in Montana, please contact
Tester, Jon – (D-MT)
Web Form: tester.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm
Then call the rest of the Senate, as many members as you can, all day every day, until they get the message!!
Personally, I’m done with the Democratic Party if they go through with this. I will never in my life vote for another Democrat again!!
-Let the Senators know you support wolves and want them protected.
-Tell Senators to strip any wolf delisting riders out of the final budget bill. It would delist wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and requires that states only maintain a population of just 300 wolves in the entire region. This means over 80% of wolves in the Northern Rockies could be slaughtered. It’s wolf breeding season, pregnant alphas could die in the slaughter that would be coming.
-The states of Idaho and Montana should not be allowed to “manage” wolves. Their prejudice against wolves is overriding good judgement and sound science. Idaho just proposed a bill that would classify wolves as vermin (predator status) and place a $500 bounty on their heads.
Delisting wolves by inserting this language into a budget will, 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 are counting on Democrats to do the right thing. We are counting on Senator Reid to stick to his recent statements that the Senate would work to remove the bad riders from a long-term spending budget bill. If they do not do so, wolves will die in the hundreds. Tell the Senators that wolves lives are in their hands.
I know I’ve said this before but we are facing one of the most serious attacks on gray wolves, since their delisting. The states are hostile to wolves and returning them to state management, without judicial review, will be the end of wolves in the Northern Rockies. They will be doomed. The hatred and prejudice that exists will cause them great suffering and harm.
STAND UP FOR WOLVES NOW!! DO NOT RELENT!! DO NOT GIVE UP!!
WE ARE THEIR ONLY VOICE!!
Senate bill would lift wolf protections in MT, ID
Senate bill would lift wolf protections in MT, ID
Story Published: Mar 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM MST
Story Updated: Mar 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM MST
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in Montana and Idaho would lose their Endangered Species Act protections under a provision inserted into a U.S. Senate budget bill.
The provision was included in a bill introduced Friday by Senate Democrats to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year.
The passage on wolves is identical to language in a budget measure that passed the House last month. It would require Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to reissue within 60 days a 2009 agency rule that turned over control of wolves to state wildlife officials.
That rule was overturned last year by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula. The measure before the Senate would shield Salazar’s actions from court review.
There are an estimated 1,400 wolves in the two states.
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Posted in: Wolf Wars, endangered species act
Tags: Senate Democrats sell out wolves, wolves on the brink, playing politics with wolves lives, wolf persecution, wolf scapegoating