Please contact your reps in congress and urge them to oppose legislation that not only aims to prematurely delist wolves, but also seeks to block concerned citizens from ever challenging the government’s actions in court.
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that federal protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act should be maintained, indicating that there is more work to do to recover wolves before stripping them of federal protections. Despite the ruling, congress is still moving forward with legislation to override the federal courts by cherry-picking wolves off the federally endangered species list and denying the fundamental right of all citizens to access the courts and hold the government accountable when it breaks the law.
The riders in this bill (S. 1514) would effectively put our nation’s most imperiled wildlife in the hands of politicians rather than scientists.
If the bill passes, plans are already set in place to open sport and trophy hunting seasons on wolves which will mean more hounding, trapping, snaring and high kill quotas.
This legislation not only aims to prematurely delist an imperiled species, but also seeks to block judicial review, an essential part of any modern democratic society and necessary a part of enforcing the Endangered Species Act.
Wolves need our voices now more than ever. Please use the information above as a reference to contact your reps TODAY, urging them to oppose S. 1514.
~Britt Ricci 🐾 #KeepWolvesListed
(photography by Ian McAllister)