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Wolf advocates need to HOWL against Salazar’s plan

esa-nixonSalazar has said he is in favor of using Congress to remove protections from wolves. Some of the plans out there include removing the protections from all wolves, including the Mexican Gray wolf. It’s time to make your voice heard by HOWLing.

The Endangered Species Act requires that decisions on delisting be based on the best available science, and never before has a species been taken off the endangered species list by an act of Congress that would amend the act.

More shocking is that Salazar has to this point not made any distinction between different populations and subspecies of Gray wolf. This would leave the critically endangered Mexican Gray wolves at the virge of extinction with no protections at all.

Same old Salazar

Salazar has a poor record when it comes to wolves, so his latest position is not surprising. And though the Department of the Interior says they will work closely with Wyoming to bring their wolf management plan in to line with Montana and Idaho and therefore avoid the necessity for a wild west showdown in Congress, Salazar seems already to have given up on his own office – opting instead to play politics, and not rely on science.

Bad for wolves, bad for the Endangered Species Act

Not only would this be bad news for wolves, but legislative removal of wolves from the ESA would set a highly dangerous precedent and special interests would work hard, and pay a lot of money, to get other species removed also. Not only would legislatively delisting wolves bring about open season on animals we have fought so long to see recovered, it would bring about open season on the Endangered Species Act itself.

“This is outrageous, and hugely disappointing, especially coming from an administration that has made strong promises to base decisions on science, not politics!”

“it violates the integrity of the Endangered Species Act by setting a destructive precedent for removing endangered species protections from any animal that faces political opposition.”


Take Action!

Written comments to the White House:

Call the White House: 202-456-1111

Use facebook, twitter, and other social networks to distribute this information and mobilize as many people as you can to pick up the phone, or fill in that form. Tell President Obama that you don’t want to be disappointed in yet another President for letting politics destroy science, and our wildlife.

Even HE got it…

And remember, even a man as crooked as Richard Nixon understood what was at stake, as it was he who signed the Endangered Species Act in to law. Surely no politician in our current government is more corrupt than Richard Nixon was…

“I HAVE today signed S. 1983, the Endangered Species Act of 1973. At a time when Americans are more concerned than ever with conserving our natural resources, this legislation provides the Federal Government with needed authority to protect an irreplaceable part of our national heritage–threatened wildlife.

This important measure grants the Government both the authority to make early identification of endangered species and the means to act quickly and thoroughly to save them from extinction. It also puts into effect the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora signed in Washington on March 3, 1973.

Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed. It is a many-faceted treasure, of value to scholars, scientists, and nature lovers alike, and it forms a vital part of the heritage we all share as Americans. I congratulate the 93d Congress for taking this important step toward protecting a heritage which we hold in trust to countless future generations of our fellow citizens. Their lives will be richer, and America will be more beautiful in the years ahead, thanks to the measure that I have the pleasure of signing into law today.”

– President Richard Nixon – December 28, 1973

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