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Friends of Animals Challenges Unconstitutional Wolf Delisting Rider

May 27, 2011 | Wolves / Miscellaneous / Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 27 May 2011

Contact: Dustin Rhodes
Phone: (202) 906-0210

Darien, Connecticut-Friends of Animals filed a Motion to Intervene in the case Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Salazar, which challenges the constitutionality of Section 1713 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, P.L. 112-10 (also called the "budget rider" or the "wolf rider"). The budget rider directed the USFWS to reinstate the 2007 wolf delisting rule, which removed gray wolves in all areas of the Northern Rocky Mountains Distinct Population Segment (DPS) from protection under the Endangered Species Act. The original complaint was filed by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians on May 5, 2011 and the case was recently consolidated with another case, Center for Biological Diversity v. Salzar. The complaints challenge constitutionality of this legislative enactment.

Friends of Animals' president Priscilla Feral says,

We must do everything in our power to undo the deadly disservice that was done to gray wolves; taking them off of the Endangered Species List was not only unethical and unjust-it was unconstitutional.

The wolf delisting rider, which was included in the 2011 federal budget, was sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and was passed with a bipartisan vote of 81-19 on April 14, 2011.

Friends of Animals: We are a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, founded in 1957. Our goal is to cultivate a respectful view of non-human animals, freeing them from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

Comments

I wish you all the best in stopping these senseless killings of the Wolves in the Rocky Mountain States. They need help from Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior. He does not like the wolves. Please do what you can to stop these Governors of Idaho,Montana and Wyoming from killing the wolves. Sarah Palin when she was Governor of Alaska, put a $150 bounty on the left front forelimb of wolves killed.

It is time that we looked at Yellowstone as a model of the days when the world was in order. We need predators to keep the balance in nature. Wolves have never been aggressive toward humans and we should not have special interest people advise us on how wildlife should be protected. The Endangered Species act has done so much for flora, fauna and for we humans also. Reinstate the wolves to the ESA.

Too bad our politician's can't be taken off the "Endangered List," so there's NO PROTECTION FOR THEM!

Its a shame when these "Bought and Paid for" politician are in a position to damage some innocent animals fate. Proves even more - these politicians never really serve the people, they are too busy putting money in their pockets and working for only the select few. Sad and utterly disgusting ! Keep up the good work - we will support those who fight these brain-less politicians ! Rick Anderson

That's taking things too far. Wolves are a big part of this country's History and need to be a part of the Future. Our Children and Grand children are expecting us and our Government to do the RIGHT thing, most of the children in our Country never had a chance to see a real live wolf maybe some-day they will but That DAY will NEVER HAPPEN IF THE WOLVES ARE ALL GONE ------------- LEAVE THE WOLVES ALONE

I support the protection of the wolves. I so appreciate all the hard work that is done and voiced on behalf of the beautiful wolf. Thank you friends of animals and blessings.

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