October 26th, 2010 08:25 EST
Wolf Haters Are At It Again!
Wolf haters are at it again! This time trying to get Congress`s help!
In the wake of our recent victory in federal court restoring life-saving protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone " a move that blocked this year`s planned wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana " regional wolf haters are encouraging members of Congress to take matters into their own hands.
By acceding to the request to that they introduce legislation preventing wolves from being protected under the Endangered Species Act, certain lawmakers are actually proposing, for the first time ever, to deny Endangered Species Act protections to one particular named species.
Were such legislation to be enacted, it would threaten not only the future of wolves in the Northern Rockies, but also the very foundation of the Endangered Species Act. The precedent could be devastating to this country`s commitment to saving endangered species.
Speak out for sound, science-based management of Greater Yellowstone wolves and other imperiled wildlife. Take action now.
As a resident of California, your voice is especially important. Please take action now.
The threat of anti-wolf, anti-endangered species legislation passing Congress in next month`s so-called lame duck session is imminent and very real.
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg, who has a long record of opposing needed conservation programs, is planning legislation to return what would amount to unsupervised management of wolves to his state and Idaho, where groups like Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are inciting anti-wolf hatred and pressuring local politicians to allow the killing of as many wolves as possible.
And Texas Congressman Chet Edwards has introduced a bill that would prohibit Endangered Species Act protections for all wolves in the Lower 48 United States! That would include endangered wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. If passed, the bill would threaten the very future of wild wolves in America.
And unfortunately that`s not all.
Even Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester have been persuaded by anti-wolf, anti-endangered species extremists to consider legislation. And as now worded, that legislation would also have lasting " and harmful " impacts on our wolves and on the Endangered Species Act`s ability to protect not just these animals but also other imperiled wildlife from extinction in the wild.
Take a stand for wolves and other imperiled wildlife. Sign our petition now.
With your help, Defenders of Wildlife has fought for decades to protect and restore endangered species. We`ve help return wolves to their native habitats, recognizing the important role these amazing animals play in maintaining balanced, healthy ecosystems. We`ve helped demonstrate the economic value of returning wolves to Yellowstone. And we`ve worked with ranchers throughout the West to allow wolves to successfully co-exist with livestock.
Now anti-wolf politics threaten to upset all of these accomplishments " and once again threaten wolves " and potentially numerous other species " with extinction in the wild.
Don`t let one of the greatest conservation victories of the last century be frittered away. And don`t let the nation`s commitment to saving endangered species be destroyed. Please take action now.
We need a strong show of support for sound, science-based wolf management, and for the Endangered Species Act, and we need it now. That`s why we`ve set an ambitious goal of sending 50,000 messages to Congress by the end of the week.
Will you help us meet this goal by lending your voice to the fight?
Sign the petition now and help ensure a lasting future for America`s wolves.
For the Wild Ones,
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Defenders of Wildlife