Time and again, wolves in the U.S. have had to face attempts at having their protection revoked – so they could be mindlessly killed in large numbers. Recently, several members of Congress introduced legislation that would cancel Endangered Species Act protections for wolves located in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Once the protection is gone, trophy hunters and commercial trappers would be able to kill the animals legally, an inhumane reality no one should wish to make true.
H.R. 424 and S. 164 have a euphemistic name of the “Gray Wolf Management Act,” but what the legislation really means for wolves, is legal murder. No wonder the law is being called, more fittingly, the “War on Wolves Act” by advocates. What is more, according to a Care2 petition, it blocks citizens from using federal courts to challenge this disturbing action by Congress, which is especially appalling since the majority of citizens in the states in question have already stated that they do not support cruel wolf hunting methods.
Removing wolves from the Endangered Species Act is not backed up by science in any way – it is a politically motivated decision that seems designed to benefit people, who have no respect for animal lives – and undercuts efforts to protect the environment.
Once the Endangered Species Act protections were removed for wolves by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which, ironically, one would expect to have the interest of wild animals at heart – Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming immediately opened up inhumane trophy hunting and trapping seasons on the animals. In the Great Lakes alone, over 1,700 gray wolves were killed. This senseless slaughter obviously cannot go on.
In what is the hatred towards wolves rooted? Sadly – and shockingly – it seems like the current political actions in the matter are motivated in a big part by scaremongering and fiction. Quite literally. We all know what power myths and fairy tales have on a human mind, but being unable to differentiate between reality and Little Red Riding Hood is a different thing whatsoever…
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