Don’t Let Orrin Hatch His Evil Plan

It appears certain U.S. Legislators won’t be satisfied until wolves in America are a thing of the past once again . An article entitled “Hatch, fellow senators petition to end gray wolves’ protected status” in ksl news, Utah, begins:

Led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, 72 senators and representatives formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. The request in a letter sent to the agency argues that the gray wolf is no longer an endangered species and that uncontrolled gray wolf population growth is a threat to other indigenous wildlife as well as the hunting and ranching industries.

It’s almost laughable that Senator Hatch and his cronies expect us to believe they suddenly care so much about “indigenous wildlife” since—if allowed to hatch—Orrin Hatch’s half-baked, half-witted plan to delist wolves would effectively seal the fate of one the countries most endangered native species.

According to their letter, “State governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage wolf populations…” Sorry senators, nothing we’ve seen so far backs that statement up; it’s simply not true. Now, if the quote was “State governments are fully qualified to irresponsibly wipe out their wolf populations,” then I’d have to agree.

Sixty-five Republicans and seven Democrats signed the Hatch’s evil anti-wolf plan, including every congressman from Utah.

Wednesday’s official request was in response to a March 4 letter sent by 52 federal lawmakers requesting that gray wolves keep their protected status. Environmental groups say the government has its priorities wrong and some are even threatening to sue for a reversal if a delisting goes into effect.

“We believe national delisting would be premature,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, a wildlife advocacy group. “When you have a species that varies greatly from region to region, it’s very dangerous to remove protection nationwide. It puts a bounty on wolves, including where there haven’t been healthy population levels. … Once there’s a market, wolves aren’t safe anywhere.”

Derek Goldman, a field representative for the Endangered Species Coalition, believes a nationwide delisting would be an unnecessary blanket solution. He said stable wolf populations are isolated to areas where their endangered status has already been lifted. “It seems really preposterous to delist wolves where they are barely making a comeback and where there are still great, natural habitats for them,” Goldman said.

And as Howling for Justice posted this morning: Can you imagine the carnage if wolves were systematically delisted across the lower 48? They can’t catch a break now, when they’re federally protected. The USFWS has no reason to take this action against wolves. Wolf recovery is not even close to being accomplished and in fact it’s going in reverse due to USFWS removing their federal protections and turning them over to hostile state management. The pressure to delist is coming from the rabid wolf haters, who believe “the only good wolf is a dead wolf”. Where is the science in that USFWS? I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer.

And USA Today reports:

“Environmentalists band together to defend gray wolves”

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife report last year proposed dropping wolves from the endangered list in most areas where they’re known not to live, triggering an outcry.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Western environmental groups say they’re alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in vast areas where the animals no longer exist.

The groups say ending federal protections would keep wolves from expanding their range back into states that could support them, including Colorado and California.

“As a matter of principle, I just think it’s wrong,” said Jay Tutchton, a Colorado lawyer with the group WildEarth Guardians.

Tutchton’s group has sued over recent action to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming. Wolves in most of the “Cowboy State” are classified as unprotected predators and scores have been killed since federal protections ended last fall.

“The Endangered Species Act was designed to protect species, including in places where they no longer reside,” Tutchton said. “You were supposed to try to recover them, not throw in the towel.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service could announce as soon as this spring whether it will propose a blanket delisting of wolves in most of the lower 48 states. Wolves in the Northern Rockies and around the Great Lakes, where reintroduced populations are well-established, are already off the Endangered Species List.
Go Here to urge the President not to allow the removal of wolves from the Endangered Species List.

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12 thoughts on “Don’t Let Orrin Hatch His Evil Plan

  1. With regard to the Republican senators signing the letter, what would you expect from pigs but a squeal? However I’d be interested in knowing the names of the sleaze-ball DINOs who also signed onto the request, just for future reference. Thanks.

  2. Republican here, and totally against all animal exploitation and killing…vegan, antivivisection… so much for the political alienation. Thanks Jim, I signed of course.

    • Independent here. Can you name a single, solitary Republican currently on the national stage whom you think admirable? If “by their works ye would know them” be true, how can any animal rights activist in good conscience identify with any segment of the Republican Party of the United States? This isn’t a rhetorical question, I really seek to understand.

      • Why the need to polarize us because we oppose liberal (humanist) politics? Here are a few pro-animal Republican/conservatives: Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, David Vitter (R) Louisiana Senator, Susan Collins (R) Maine Senator, John Campbell Calif. Cong. Rep. 48th district, & non-politicians: Steve Wynn, Bob Barker, Carrie Underwood, etc., not to mention myself and several long-time friends, and there are others, politicians and non-politicians, of course. We’re much more of a minority among conservatives, but so what; most liberal political stances for animals are window dressing at best. Here’s a good article: http://planetoftheanimals.blogspot.com/2010/07/pro-animal-rights-conservatives.html
        Google: “HSLF humane scorecard” for more info.

      • I won’t spend the time to pick apart the purported animal welfare bona fides of each one of your selections individually. Suffice it to say that if Rick Perry can make it onto the list, the bar must be set so low that a professional limbo dancer could not squeeze under it! I believe one can find historical examples of politically-conservative friends of animal rights, just as one can find a slew of humanist/liberal/progressive “heroes” whose views or actions were absolutely inimical to the cause. My objective is not to polarize us on questions of political philosophy, but to point up the irredeemable baseness of today’s Republican Party.

      • Whatever makes you feel superior; but it’s the human race to blame for all this, collectively, from the beginning, well before this particular political crap entered the picture. And yes you do alienate good people including me but I expect it and deal with it.

        About Gov. Perry of TX, I know he’s far from perfect but he’s a far cry from monsters Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin, he does have some compassion…
        Approved by Texas Legislators and signed into law by Perry:

        HB 1451, to ensure the humane care and treatment of dogs & cats in the custody of large-scale commercial breeders
        (This law was bitterly opposed with extreme pressure by animal breeders. AND YES I KNOW THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL BREEDERS OF ANIMALS FOR SALE.)

        HB 963, a bill requiring bonds in amounts sufficient to ensure that animal welfare organizations get fully reimbursed for the costs they incur in housing and caring for cruelly seized animals

        HB 1043, a bill that strengthens existing cockfighting laws in Texas and makes it illegal to own or operate a facility for cockfighting; possess birds with the intent to fight; own cockfighting equipment; or attend a cockfight

        HB 2471, also known as the “Good Samaritan bill” because it limits the civil liability of people who obtain or provide medical care and treatment for lost and abandoned animals

        HB1103, which will require those guilty of animal cruelty pay a fee for community supervision which would go to local animal shelters

        SB 279, which includes pets in protective orders in cases of domestic violence

        Go ahead and put down all of that too, the article I linked is so very right about this.

      • And, as good Gov. Rick proudly boasts, he carries a handgun when he jogs to blast any coyotes or other “varmints” that might cross his path; that’s between visits to his private hunting ranch infamous in the liberal media not because of what recreational pursuits go on there but because its former name was deemed racially insensitive.
        The last thing I wish to do is to alienate any fellow animal rights advocate but progress in promoting animal welfare in our society requires, at a minimum, a clearheaded view of the current political landscape and a willingness to call a spade-a-spade.
        Best regards to you and try not to take every contrary opinion as a personal affront.

  3. Republican, Liberal, Democrat…how in the world is that relevant now? political party or not NOBODY has the right to “manage” innocent creatures that were here loong before any European settler set foot in this country.. how can somebody even TRY to come up with a reason for this?? The carnage is already fired up with the wolves “federally protected” I’m sick of this, tired, just as I have said over an over in Howling for Justice, I simply cannot take this anymore, one can stand as tall and strong as he or she is willing to, but I love the wolves too much, this is simply by far more obliterating than what I can endure..I will sincerely rue the day when the wolves are gone and I was still living, i could not live in a world without wolves, simple as that..

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