Dr. Jane Goodall Speaks out for Wolves, Urges an End to Trophy Hunting

On the eve of the Nov. 4 election, voters asked to protect wolves 

LANSING, Mich. – World renowned scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is urging an end to the senseless trophy killing of wolves. Dr. Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has observed and researched, chimpanzees and many other protected species around the world. She saw her first wolf pack in Yellowstone more than a decade ago and has been a champion for their long-term recovery.

“Today, it is clear that state management of wolves is threatening the survival of these highly intelligent and intensely social species,” said Dr. Goodall. “There is absolutely no scientific justification for trophy hunting of wolves and allowing this fragile population to be subjected to the same cruel persecution that once pushed them to the brink of extinction.”

Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected said: “We’re thrilled to have the support of Dr. Goodall to end the senseless trophy hunting of Michigan’s wolves. She joins an ever-growing list of biologists, conservationists, animal protection groups, Native Americans, veterinarians, responsible hunters, business and faith leaders, and hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens who want to end the senseless slaughter of wolves.”

Michigan lawmakers have passed three measures to kill wolves, and in the process, they are trying to trample the rights of voters to exercise their right to the referendum process. Legislators and even the state’s Department of Natural Resources trumped up charges against wolves, and one farmer even baited wolves onto his land with cattle and deer carcasses and then complained that the wolves were there. That farmer later pled no contest to cruelty charges for neglecting his own animals.

Dr. Goodall further stated , “ … so many people have put so much effort into bringing back this ecologically-critical species – and all this stands to be lost if we do not speak up loudly for the wolves. This senseless and unforgiveable trophy hunting must stop, as must the barbaric use of steel leg-hold traps.”

On November 4, residents can stop the trophy hunting of wolves in Michigan and stop the power grab by politicians to take away their voting rights by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2.

For more information on Dr. Goodall, visit janegoodall.org.


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Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

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  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society


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