This week’s Take Action Thursday calls for urgent action to stop legislation that would delist gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
On November 16, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove all Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the lower 48 states. The Manage our Wolves Act, HR 6784, will permanently remove gray wolves in Wyoming, the Western Great Lakes and throughout their range, but does not impact the subspecies of Mexican gray wolves. The bill specifically prohibits further judicial review.
This bill is the latest effort on the part of the U.S. government to allow open season for hunting and trapping wolves, which were once on the brink of extinction. At that time, the government committed resources to the reintroduction of the gray wolf to part of their historical habitat, recognizing the important role played by an apex predator in managing wildlife resources. The reintroduction of gray wolves proved a modest success, and now many of the states where these wolves reside are aggressively working toward eradicating them once again.
Please ask your U.S. Senators to OPPOSE passage of the Manage our Wolves Act to prevent reliance on state management plans that promote killing wolves.
In October, Take Action Thursday asked whether animals deserve personhood or merely protection under the law. One of the cases discussed was the plight of Happy the elephant, who is living in solitary confinement at the Bronx Zoo. On November 16, the Honorable Tracey Bannister, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Orleans, issued a writ of habeas corpus, asking the Director of the Bronx Zoo to “show cause” why the court should not free Happy from her imprisonment at the Bronx Zoo and release her to an appropriate sanctuary. The outcome of this case may have ramifications for animals across the country. NAVS eagerly awaits the court’s ruling.