Support Coalition to End Michigan Wolf Hunt

Target: Keith Creagh, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Support the coalition of animal rights groups and American Indian tribes working to reverse the law allowing wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

A new law was recently passed that will allow a wolf hunting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In response, a coalition of various Michigan groups has announced its intent to stop the hunt and put a referendum on the 2014 ballot. Something must be done immediately to stop this hunt so the wolves of Michigan can finally have a chance to repopulate.

The new law comes largely as a response to the grey wolf no longer being listed as an endangered species, which was decided during a recent Michigan Natural Resources Committee (NRC) meeting. Since then, several groups have spoken up about reversing the law. Included are the Humane Society of Michigan, several other animal rights groups, and many of Michigan’s American Indian tribes.

Aaron Payment, chair of the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, made a statement saying, “In our tradition, in our culture, we believe that the wolf is our brother. And, I don’t mean this to sound very mystical, but in our long-standing tradition, we believe that what happens to the wolf, eventually happens to us.” The law also violates an agreement made between Michigan and tits five tribes that states they share responsibilities for managing the states natural resources.

For the last two centuries wolves have struggled to survive because of human intervention, and now that they have managed to repopulate we want to start killing them off again. The mere idea that when an animal disappears from the endangered species list it becomes “huntable” is absurd. These wolves deserve a chance to know what it’s like to live free of human control–a chance to live free of the struggle to survive. Please sign the petition below to support the coalition and not only give the grey wolf a chance to prosper once again, but also respect the wishes of Michigan’s American Indians.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Keith Creagh,

At a recent meeting of the Natural Resources Committee and Department of Natural Resources a law was voted in declaring a wolf-hunting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You have no doubt become aware of the coalition rising up in opposition of this law and they have my full support. Wolf populations across the country have finally managed to stabilize and recover and now you want to set everything back. There is also the gross violation of American Indian beliefs the law commits.

Wolves have been forced to repopulate for centuries because of the ignorant notion that they are somehow a threat to our ability to live comfortably. We cannot continue to impose our will on the environment in such a destructive way or view the endangered species list as a statute for what should and shouldn’t be hunted. These wolves should be protected and allowed to thrive again across the country, not hunted, destroyed, and forced to struggle simply because we fear them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. Julie van Niekerk says:

    A wolf have more pride and dignity than any human. We can learn family values from them.

  2. Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed!

  3. these animals are beautiful and part of USA heritage stop this rubbish and give them the protection they desserve. I shared a photo which broke my heart eight dead wolves with their proud assassins- stop it now. And find better ways to control guns in some states in the USA for people, children and animals

  4. TRUDY NICKOLS says:

    Stop!! the hunting of these wolves and let them live in peace

  5. Mitch Dormont says:

    Wolves are a “keystone” species, meaning that they are central to the health of any ecosystem in which they naturally occur. They help keep the population of prey species in check, as was seen in Yellowstone, when their reintroduction stopped the elk from overgrazing on sapling trees along the river, thus helping that riparian environment to reconstitute itself.

  6. Just start leaving them the hell alone! No matter what beings we encounter, from day one, humans either steal their resources, enslave them, or murder them. We are the earth’s worst nightmare…

  7. Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

  8. For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.

    • IT IS NICE TO BELIEVE IN KARMA FOR ALL PEOPLE. wHEN I SEE THE CHINESE SKINNING LIVE ANIMALS IN THEIR EVIL FUR TRADE, THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS ME FROM LITERALLY LOSING MY MIND IS THE BELIEF IN KARMA. wE REAP WHAT WE SOW, AND THE FUR TRADE LEADERS MAY THEY BURN IN HELL.

  9. what the fuck is wrong with hunters.Wolves aren’t even game animals. These fuckin pussy hunters think they’re hard asses killing an innocent wolf .They must think it makes up for their small dicks idk.But anytime they feel brave we can go toe to toe on the street .It would be a pleasyre to put one of those chickenshit wlf hunters in the hospital.FUCK THEM!!

  10. There is no evil in animals, only humans. Let us take our power as the Supreme Being and use it for good, not evil.
    Kindness to animals worldwide.

  11. Louise Kane says:

    There is no sound reason to hunt wolves in the Great Lakes region. Wolves were allowed to be lethally removed by the DNR for predation of livestock. Killing wolves is conducted to allow hunters to kill wolves for trophies or for “sport”. Hunting wolves is disruptive to their social structures, promotes anti-predator policies, and is inhumane. Please lets see Michigan be the first state to act responsibly toward wolves by leaving them alone.

  12. Kathy Markin says:

    The saddest part is they have a testing ground for Wasting Disease and they are going to mess it up. Wolves hunt deer and they watch and wait for the weaker animals. They could potentially kill off or bring sick animals down. Wasting disease is not found in other animals or humans. Domesticated dogs have been eating deer antlers for a while now cause it’s becoming a huge hit with dog enthusiast’s. The bones last an extra long time and carries nutrition to the dog.

  13. Wolves need to be given a chance just like other animals. Man needs to step back and think with their head instead of with a gun. Isn’t Michigan a big enough state to allow wolves a home? Whose idea was it to start a hunt? What group is pushing this?

  14. I amSISTER to this magnificent animal. If you take the WOLF out of the ecosystem then you will have to start kkilling the other animals. As the hgreed for land growsnot only the WOLF is indangered but all WILDLIFE as well. WHT Was the purpose GOD put this GREAT K9on the planet? Was it the same reason HE put you here? One can never second guess the CREATOR. Think before you shoot every DOG on the face of this planet owes its heritage to the WOLF. You might think of that as you cuddle you PET. Wipe them out and go home and give your DOG defendant to the WOLF some love. Or join me in SAVING yet again ONE OF GODS CREATIONS . EAGLE EYE Peace

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