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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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