Saturday, June 20, 2015

TAKE ACTION: Call your senators!

**The bad rider on this bill did NOT pass. Thanks to everyone who contacted their Senator! It really does make a difference.**
     
  In February 2015, a court ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put wolves back on the Endangered Species List in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (meaning they are protected from hunting in those states). 

       But now, politicians have attached a rider onto the Department of Interior Appropriations Bill, a bill for funding the Department of the Interior which will almost certainly pass. A rider is a tactic to pass something controversial that would not pass as its own bill. This rider would require the Secretary of the Interior to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the states I mentioned before. This particular rider also prohibits any judicial review of the decision to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List in those states, meaning the courts would not be allowed to have any oversight in the matter. 

       This rider directly violates the Endangered Species Act and science, and does nothing but serve a political agenda. 

       Please take a quick minute to call your two state senators! Tell them to take action to REMOVE this rider from the bill. No matter what your age, it really makes a HUGE difference. Senators won't care about wolves unless they know that their constituents care about wolves. It only took me about 90 seconds! Even if it's after work hours, leave a message.

       Make the call for wolves! Find your Senator's contact information here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

       Here's what you could say:

"Hello Senator_____,

My name is _____ ________ and I live in ______, _______. I’m __ years old. I’m calling to ask you to OPPOSE the rider attached to the Department of Interior Appropriations bill concerning the Endangered Species status of gray wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This rider undermines science and the Endangered Species Act. The fact that the rider prohibits judicial review is outrageous and borders on unconstitutional. Legislators have no right to decide which species is endangered; that is the job of scientists. Please do all you can to remove this rider.
Thank you very much."