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Demanding Protection for the Endangered: Advocates 'Rally for Wolves' in U.S. Capital

August 09, 2011 | Wolves / Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dustin Garrett Rhodes, Capital Correspondent, Friends of Animals
Phone: 202-906-0210 E-mail

Washington, D.C.-In April 2011, the U.S. Congress tucked an unprecedented "wolf de-listing rider" into the federal budget bill and it passed.

This rider removed wolves from the Endangered Species List in the Northern Rockies-where it's estimated that only about 1500 wolves remain. The Rally for Wolves will demand protection for wolves of the West and denounce the stalking of these animals.

Said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals: "President Obama appointed Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior. A cattle rancher who constantly undermines animals on public lands. We say: Don't do it. Removing federal protection and subjecting wolves to more hunting is unconstitutional and unconscionable."

Wolf advocates from all over will convene in Washington on Friday 12 August 2011 to denounce the wolf de-listing.

Friends of Animals' legal experts are now drafting an amicus brief in the case for wolves with federal Judge Donald Molloy to buttress the case made by Alliance for the Wild Rockies and co-plaintiffs Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians, who have filed an Appeal to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals "to preserve both wolves and the rule of law in the Northern Rockies."

Friends of Animals also called for a complete travel and economic boycott to the states that advocate killing them: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. These three states place the interests of elk hunters and ranchers over wolves and plan to issue wolf killing permits next month.

"We need to put the economic screws to state governments that persecute wolves at the behest of haters," said Feral.

What: Rally for Wolves

When: Friday 12 August 2011

Where: Gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 9.00 a.m. (First Street and East Capitol). Then march to the White House before convening at Lafayette Park (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-directly across from the White House).

Comments

This is so sad, why are we killing an animal that is not harmful to humans? I had a dog that was part wolf and he was the best dog I ever had, 12 years he was part of our family and my kids would sleep on him:)I WILL NOT TRAVEL TO ANY OF THESE STATES!!!

My heart cries for the wolves. They are such beautiful animals. The thought of any body wanting to kill these beautiful animal make me sick.

Reason 1: Without wolves and other large predators, ecosystems can go haywire. A 2001 study (PDF) found that when wolves went extinct in Yellowstone, for example, the moose population ballooned to five times its normal size and demolished woody vegetation where birds nested. As a result, several bird species were eliminated in the park. Reason 2: Scavengers thrive when wolves are around. The species that help themselves to wolves' leftovers include (PDF) ravens, magpies, wolverines, bald eagles, golden eagles, three weasel species, mink, lynx, cougar, grizzly bear, chickadees, masked shrew, great gray owl, and more than 445 species of beetle. Reason 3: Wolf kills are also good for the soil. A 2009 study in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park found that wolf-killed elk carcasses dramatically enhanced levels of nitrogen and other nutrients. Reason 4: Wolf kills feed more animals than hunting by humans, since wolves scatter their carrion over the landscape. Wolf kills benefit (PDF) three times more species than human hunting kills. The carcass above was a bull elk killed by a pack of eight wolves in Agate Creek, Yellowstone. The skeleton was picked clean by wolves and scavengers in less than five days. Reason 5: When wolves disappeared from Yellowstone, coyotes preyed on pronghorn almost to the point of no return. But since wolves have returned, the pronghorn have come back. In fact, pronghorns tend to give birth near wolf dens, since coyotes steer clear of those areas. Reason 6: Deer and elk congregate in smaller groups (PDF) when wolves are around. This helps reduce the transmission of illnesses like Chronic Wasting Disease. Reason 7: Chronic Wasting Disease is a major threat to elk and deer in the West. Wolves can help by reducing sick animals' lifespans, in turn limiting the amount of time they can spread infections. Reason 8: Yellowstone elk are less likely to overgraze near rivers and streams—damaging fragile ecosystems—when wolves are in the neighborhood. Reason 9: Wolves help protect against climate change. A 2005 UC Berkeley study in Yellowstone concluded that milder winters, a product of climate change, have led to fewer elk deaths. This left scavengers like coyotes and ravens scrambling for food, but the problem was far less pervasive in areas where wolves were around to hunt elk. Reason 10: Wolf tourism is an economic boon (PDF). Restoration of wolves in Yellowstone has cost about $30 million, but it's brought in $35.5 million annual net benefit to the area surrounding the park.

Please help us save the wolves in Idaho. It sickens me to see the hunting lust that is spread throughout the state. Starting with our "governor" Butch Otter, who wants to be "the first to kill a wolf" to the average citizen who wants to kill the wolves to prevent them from waiting for children at bus stops. Unbelievable ignorance.

I cannot attend, but I want my opinion to be clearly stated....I will not buy beef as long as cattle ranchers keep harassing and killing wolves! there will be no produce from any state that encourages these practices in my home either. There are many ways to "protect" livestock from wolves that don't involve murder!

Thank You Friends Of Animals. We Need To Save The Wolves.

This argument is getting old however, I will never stop fighting for wolf rights.

Delisting the wolves is terrible. Stop killing the wolves! The BLM just wants ranchers and cattle out there and they are getting rid of all the animals out there including the wild horse, burros and wolves to make room for cattle. This is wrong!!!!!

Lets Howl across America to save our beautiful wolves and to allow them to be able to graze out in the wildlife and roam the wildlife freely and raise there young we love our beautiful babies... run as far as you can... we are rooting for you babies... we love you

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