April 15, 2011
Please make sure you contact the 81 Senators who sacrificed the Northern Rockies gray wolves, especially the Democrats who betrayed their party and wolves for Jon Tester’s Senate seat. Only three Democrats voted no.
Let them know not only did they throw wolves under the bus but they gutted the Endangered Species Act and opened the door for any species to be delisted that gets in the way of someone’s political agenda. Further tell them you’ll be changing your party affiliation to Independent. They’ve done irreparable damage to the Democrat party and Endangered Species Act. We’ll keep them updated on the coming wolf hunts and slaughter. Too bad they didn’t do their homework and only listened to one side of the story before they made their fateful decision.
This delisting included Montana and Idaho (with no judicial review), parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Wyoming was not included in this bill. Wyoming was delisted later by Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary.
“In August 2012, 15 months after the gray wolf was taken off the Endangered Species list in Idaho and Montana, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it is officially handing over management to the State of Wyoming as well (read Wyoming’s revised wolf plan here and GYC’s comments on the Wyoming plan here). The flawed plan will be in place by Sept. 30, 2012, in time for Wyoming’s hunting season on wolves to begin Oct. 1. Read our comments on the proposed hunts here.” Greater Yellowstone Coalition
US Senators Contact Information
The 81 Senators Who Voted Yes On the Budget/Wolf Slaughter Bill. Most were Democrats, only three Democrats voted no: Patrick Leahy-VT, Ron Wyden D-OR, Carl Levin D-MI and one Independent, Bernie Sanders-VT.
All Senators Who Voted Yes On The Budget Bill/Wolf Delisting Rider
(Democrat Names Are In Red)
Senate Democrats Who Voted No On The Budget/Wolf Delisting Rider
Ron Wyden D-OR
*Senate Republicans Who Voted No On The Budget/Wolf Delisting Rider
*Please don’t assume these Republican Senators are wolf advocates just because they voted no on the budget/wolf rider. Because so many Democrats supported this bill, many Republicans, who did not support the budget bill but were in favor of wolf delisting felt they could safely vote nay on the bill, knowing it would pass anyway.
Senate Independents Who Voted No on the Budget/Wolf Delisting Rider
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Tester’s howling error
Congressionally delisting wolves could gut the ESA
Montana is already a national laughingstock thanks to the Republican legislature’s blatantly unconstitutional efforts to nullify federal laws on everything from guns to currency. Now comes Montana’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jon Tester and Max Baucus, who will only exacerbate the problem as they seek to congressionally exempt wolves from the Endangered Species Act—a precedent that may well make the act itself extinct.
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act, Gray Wolves
Tags: Betrayal by US Senate Dems, gutting the ESA, abandoning wolves, bad precedent, wolf slaughter, wolf hunts, brutal state management of wolves, political expediency