Demand that wolves remain protected under the ESA!
When wolves lose ESA protection they lose everything!
Earlier in the year, we asked you to send in comments in support of wolves to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Now that we know that the federal agency has cut three prominent scientists from their gray wolf peer review panel because these wolf experts had signed a letter expressing concerns about the science used for the delisting proposal, it is more urgent than ever that the agency hears from wolf supporters like you!
Under the proposal by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), gray wolves would be removed from the federal list of threatened or endangered species. The Mexican wolves, with only a few individuals remaining in the wild, would keep their endangered status but no protected habitat would be delineated for them.
This reckless and politically-motivated plan will further intensify the ongoing slaughter of wolves. We have already seen the tragedies occurring in Western states where hateful anti-wolf rhetoric and politics trump ethics and science. Consequently, hunters and trappers have officially slaughtered over 1,100 wolves in these states since Congress took Endangered Species Act protection away from them in 2011.
Not numbers, but the question "Has the human behavior that caused the endangerment of wolves and made necessary their protection changed?" should determine whether this species can afford to be released from ESA protection. In the case of wolves, the answer is clear:
Wolves are still discriminated against and misunderstood, their role as important top carnivores for the integrity of ecosystems is not sufficiently valued, and they are hated primarily by the livestock industry, ranchers and hunters.
Don't allow wolves to be delisted – they just can't afford it! Please copy and paste the comment letter below to the USFWS to prevent this imminent tragedy!
Send to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-0001
As a supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal rescue and protection organization with over 100,000 supporters, I'm writing to you today to request that ESA protection continues for gray wolves throughout the United States.
When wolves lost their ESA protection in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, these states immediately began to allow a recreational slaughter in which wolves are being injured and killed by "recreational" bow hunters, trophy hunters and trappers, in addition to being killed by aerial gunning and their pups brutally killed in their dens. More than 1,100 wolves have been officially killed in these states since Congress took ESA protection away from them in 2011.
Not numbers, but the question “Has the human behavior that caused the endangerment of wolves and made necessary their protection changed?” should determine whether this species can afford to be released from ESA protection. The same mindset that caused the near- extinction of wolves is still present in individual states where wolf management is driven by hateful anti-wolf rhetoric and politics dictated by the livestock industry, ranchers, trophy hunters and irresponsible politicians, that trump sound ethical and scientific management decisions.
Wolves are not only important for maintaining the health and integrity of ecosystems, but they are also sentient beings who have families and highly-developed cognitive and emotional capabilities. Also, studies have shown that killing wolves may lead to increased depredation.
The recovery of wolves must continue, but will not succeed in the face of incapable management by individual states that will only try to drive wolf populations lower and lower. Wolves cannot yet afford to lose ESA protection and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to retain ESA protection for wolves and help them to a full recovery that is supported by science and ethics, and not spurred by politics.