|Wolves and other endangered species are on the chopping block — again.
The Senate is poised to sneak anti-wildlife policies into a must-pass spending bill this month, including one that would open the door to trophy hunting of gray wolves around the Great Lakes.
The good news is that more than 30 senators have already spoken out against these add-ons, or “riders”, and we only need 41 to filibuster and stop these proposals.1
After two government shutdowns, Congress is scrambling to pass one giant funding bill for the remainder of the fiscal year. That bill is going to be thousands of pages long, and it must pass by March 23rd to keep the government open. So senators are using it to try and sneak through dozens of policies that are terrible for wildlife, public lands, and clean water.
Some of the most dangerous riders would:
The reintroduction of gray wolves to the wild in the 1990s is a powerful testament to America’s dedication to this often misunderstood creature and the wildness it represents.
We can’t stay silent as the Senate prepares to erase the very protections that brought wolves back from the brink – and we only have until March 23rd to make our voices heard.
Wolves should be able to thrive, not just survive — and Endangered Species Act protections have been critical for bringing wolves and hundreds of other species back from the brink of extinction.
Thank you for taking environmental action,
The Environmental Action team
1. “Booker, Senate Dems Urge Leadership to Protect Endangered Species Act in Spending Bill“, November 30, 2017.
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