Legislature’s Flawed Act Won’t Stop Wolf Vote

Michigan’s wolves should not be hunted this year despite the Michigan House of Representatives’ vote in favor of the unconstitutional Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act . Because the Act will only take effect next year, it provides no authorization for a hunt this year and does not nullify the two referendums on the ballot this November.

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected has committed to challenging the new Act in court.

“The wolf hunt referendums will still be on the November 4 statewide ballot and we’ll continue urging voters to vote NO on both referendums to stop wolf hunting and maintain voter rights,” said Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. “In the meantime, the good news is that Michigan’s wolves will be saved from the hunt this year.”

 “What the Legislature passed today is a patently unconstitutional measure and we’re going to sue and knock it out. The ballot measure that the Legislature approved bundled together three unrelated measures to push the wolf hunt over the finish line, and in the process violated Michigan’s single-issue law requirement. We’re confident that Michigan courts will reject the Legislature’s unconstitutional Act and instead respect the results of the vote this November,” added Fritz.

 Facts

  • The misleadingly named “Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act,” gives the Natural Resources Commission authority to designate game species and includes two separate issues — an appropriation establishing an emergency fund to fight Asian carp, which is designed to make the measure referendum-proof, and a provision for free hunting and fishing licenses for active military members. Those licenses for members of our armed forces are currently $1.
  • Last year, the NRC ignored testimony from wildlife experts and deleted thousands of emails from the public before designating the wolf as a game species and establishing Michigan’s first wolf hunt in more than four decades.
  • In March 2013, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected submitted more than 255,000 signatures to overturn a wolf-hunting law (Public Act 520 of 2012) that was based on fabricated stories about wolf incidents in the U.P. Public Act 520 will be on the November 2014 ballot, and should be rejected with a “no” vote. The Legislature then passed a second law (Public Act 21 of 2013) to give the political appointees on the NRC the power to designate game species.  In March 2014, Keep Michigan Protected submitted more than 225,000 signatures to place Public Act 21 on the November 2014 ballot, and that measure should also be rejected by residents with a “no” vote.
  • Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is supported by humane organizations, more than 100 Michigan veterinarians and veterinary hospitals, Native American tribes, conservation groups, faith-based organizations, the Detroit Zoological Society, leading wolf biologists including Michigan Tech professors Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich, rank-and-file hunters and many other concerned Michiganders. Learn more about our coalition at keepwolvesprotected.com.

 


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