Join us in speaking out at the public hearing against Assembly Bill 712 this Wednesday at the State Capitol.
When: Wednesday, January 10th @ 10:00 AM
Where: Room 412 East, Wisconsin State Capitol (Madison, WI)
You can register in opposition and listen to the debate, and/or you can speak for up to 3 minutes. It is important to show our legislators that we care about wildlife and animals in Wisconsin, so please attend if you can!
Once driven to near-extinction, conservation efforts generated a comeback for Great Lakes wolves. But when Wisconsin’s wolves lost their federal protections between 2012 and 2014, trophy hunters and trappers killed more than a thousand wolves, drastically depleting their numbers, crushing family units and leaving yearling wolves to die from starvation.
In the past two years, Congress has introduced several riders and bills designed to revoke Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for wolves in Wisconsin and other states so that trophy hunting, trapping, snaring, and hounding can resume. As these bills have failed to pass Congress, anti-wolf Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced S.B. 602/A.B. 712, which would:
(1) prevent Wisconsin law enforcement officers from enforcing or attempting to enforce any federal or state law relating to wolf management or the illegal killing of wolves; and
(2) prevent the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) from expending any funds for the purpose of wolf management, or informing or supporting federal law enforcement officers regarding the enforcement of the federal ESA. S.B. 602/A.B. 712 endorses the poaching of wolves, and prevents the state from future wolf monitoring efforts—against the wishes of the Wisconsin public.
This is not just about wolves. Enacting this bill into law would be setting an extremely dangerous precedence to circumvent federal law. Today its wolves and the Endangered Species Act, tomorrow it could be federal protections for our clean air, water and other wildlife…
Please join us in attending the public hearing to testify against this bill !
If you would like more information and/or are able to attend the hearing on Wednesday, please contact Melissa Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be at the Capitol at 8:00 AM and can meet you there to help you prepare.