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Oppose Federal Efforts to Remove Wolves from the Endangered Species Act

Oppose Federal Efforts to Remove Wolves from the Endangered Species Act

Name: Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for 2018

Bill Number: HR 3354

The 2018 Department of Interior appropriations bill has taken on the issue of delisting wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bill clearly spells out that none of the funds made available in the 2018 appropriations may be used by the Secretary of the Interior to treat any gray wolf in any of the 48 contiguous States or the District of Columbia as an endangered or threatened species. It also requires the reissuance, without judicial review, of final rules that delist wolves from the ESA.

Let your legislators know that pushing for the delisting of wolves in the face of judicial orders invalidating those same rules is a travesty of due process and ignores the basis on which that judgement was made. If the delisting of wolves is warranted by environmental science and wolves are adequately protected after delisting (despite state efforts to obliterate them), then full administrative hearings should be conducted, instead of pushing this measure through the annual appropriations process.

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Oppose Legislation that Would Strip Wolves of Endangered Species Act Protections

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to you asking you to oppose a provision in HR 3354, the appropriations bill for the Department of Interior and other related agencies, which would remove gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes from protection under the Endangered Species Act. Federal courts have rejected the regulatory language that this bill would reinstate without consideration for the issues raised in the judicial process. Furthermore, this bill would remove this issue from further judicial review, in blatant violation of the checks and balances that our separations of powers gives to the administration of U.S. law.

While it is essential to have in place appropriations for the Department of Interior, Environment and other related agencies for 2018, this measure should not be included in an appropriations bill. I'm asking that your vote to remove this measure from any final bill.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]