Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Calls on Voters to Not Be “Mute” on Election Day

Proposals 1 and 2 Aren’t “Moot” – Vote “NO” to Stop Wolf Hunt and Legislative Power Grab

LANSNG, Mich. – In response to the cynical voter suppression strategy by advocates for the trophy hunting of wolves, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is urging Michigan voters to not be silenced on Election Day and to vote “NO” on Proposals 1 and 2. Although proponents of wolf hunting are attempting to disenfranchise voters and saying their votes are “moot,” the outcome on Proposals 1 and 2 on Nov. 4 will have a meaningful impact in determining the fate of Michigan’s small and fragile wolf population and the right of citizens to vote on wildlife issues.

Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, said, “Of course wolf hunting proponents say it’s ‘moot’ – because they want you to give up your voice on important wildlife issues, and they are trying to take away your voting rights and give the power to their unelected political cronies who are unaccountable to voters. But Michigan voters won’t be fooled and won’t be silenced.”

Trophy hunting and trapping lobby groups claim that because the legislature passed a third law to subvert the voters in August, essentially duplicating Proposal 2 and allowing an unelected body of bureaucrats to designate wolves as a game species and allow a trophy hunting and trapping season to resume, they have rendered “moot” an upcoming vote on Proposals 1 and 2 to stop the wolf hunt and the power grab by politicians. But that third law will be challenged in court as unconstitutional, for cobbling together six or seven different policies and violating Michigan’s single subject rules, and if a court strikes it down, Proposals 1 and 2 will be the law of the land.

Fritz continued, “They don’t care what the voters think, because they have the politicians in their pocket and just want to continue bullying the electorate. But this is our only opportunity, in just a few days, to tell the politicians where Michigan voters stand on these issues: Say NO to the trophy hunting of wolves and say NO to this power grab by politicians, by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2.”

This is the latest in a series of battles over wolves and wildlife policy, and the issue won’t be settled for a long time. There will be litigation over the unconstitutional law passed by Lansing politicians to take away voting rights on wildlife issues. There is also pending litigation to restore federal Endangered Species Act protections to the Great Lakes wolf population, which would affect the ability of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to authorize wolf hunting and trapping seasons.

In the last two years, more than 2,200 wolves have been killed across Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin and Wyoming for sport – many of them with painful steel-jawed leghold traps and chased to death by packs of hounds. These cruel practices may be in store if the Natural Resources Commission is granted the unilateral power to allow wolf hunting and trapping without any checks and balances from voters. Michigan is the first and only state where voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on wolf hunting, and this important election outcome will send a message to decision makers in Michigan and in other states about where the public stands on this issue.

Proposal 1 would establish a trophy hunting season for wolves. Proposal 2 would grant the Natural Resources Commission the unilateral power to designate wolves and other animals as game species to be hunted and trapped without oversight by legislators or voters. A “NO” vote on both proposals would reject the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves and reject the idea of Michigan citizens losing  their right to vote on wildlife policy decisions.  No one hunts wolves for meat, and problem wolves can already be legally killed if they cause conflicts.

The two proposals were placed on the ballot by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a coalition of conservation groups, animal welfare organizations, Native American tribes, wildlife biologists, faith groups, veterinarians, hunters, farmers and concerned Michigan residents.

 

 


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

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • 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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