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Thursday, March 10, 2011


Center for Biological Diversity
Dear Richard,

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have included a rider in the government’s continuing resolution funding bill that would end federal protections for wolves throughout Montana and Idaho and parts of Utah, Oregon and Washington.

If it passes, this new law will prevent re-listing northern Rockies wolves as 'endangered' even if their numbers plummet toward zero. Both Montana and Idaho have made clear that they will work to drastically reduce wolf populations through hunting and other means.

The legislation will also remove protection for wolves in Oregon and Washington, where a mere three packs have only begun their comeback, and in Utah, where wolves remain largely absent.

Please contact your U.S. senators today to tell them to sponsor or vote for an amendment to the continuing resolution, stripping it of section 1709, the wolf provision.

Click here to find out more and take action.
If you have trouble following the link, go to http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6099.

Sample Letter:

Subject: Continuing Resolution Wolf Extermination Rider

Dear Senator,

Please sponsor and vote for an amendment to the continuing resolution to strip it of section 1709, which would permanently remove federal protections for gray wolves in Montana and Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains are still imperiled by inadequate state protections, and passage of precedent-setting section 1709 would remove wolves of federal protections even if they declined toward extinction.

Decisions on which species should receive protections should continue to be made according to the scientific criteria spelled out in the Endangered Species Act. Such a decision should not be made by Congress in a budget bill.

Please use all your influence to strip the continuing resolution of section 1709.

Thank you.

Please take action by March 18, 2011.

Donate now to support our work.

Gray wolf photo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

This message was sent to richard@cfz.org.uk.

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1 comment:

Syd said...

What is it with so many Americans, that makes them want to slaughter beautiful wild creatures to the point of extinction and beyond when ever they can.