New TV Ad Highlights “Fiction” Used by State Officials, Other Boosters of Wolf Hunt

Ads call on Gov. Snyder to stop the hunt and leave the decision to the state’s voters in a year

LANSING MI - With the start of Michigan’s wolf trophy hunting season just four days away, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected has launched a new TV ad campaign highlighting an investigative news report’s findings that state officials used falsehoods, embellishments, and fear-mongering to win legislative approval of a wolf hunt. The ads are running in Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.

The TV commercial, which follows a “Fact or Fiction” game show format, tells viewers about the four-day investigative series by MLive.com (http://topics.mlive.com/tag/wolf%20hunt/index.html) revealing that lawmakers used details of a wolf sighting outside an Upper Peninsula daycare that never occurred; the Department of Natural Resources’ furbearer specialist lied in a radio interview about wolves threatening people outside their homes; and the U.P. farmer who reported more than 60 percent of wolf-livestock incidents over the past three years baited wolves using deer and cattle carcasses in violation of state law. The investigation also revealed that the Natural Resources Commission asked for public input about the wolf hunt and then deleted or ignored more than 10,000 email comments on the subject.

The TV commercial’s script follows. See the commercial here: http://youtu.be/ABKd1rlNcsI. “Let’s play Fact or Fiction: Were three wolves shot outside a day care, endangering children? [Buzzer] FICTION. A new investigative report calls it ‘The Michigan Myth.’ Wolves on porches, staring at people? [Buzzer] FICTION. It ‘did not happen.’ Cattle killed in droves by wolves? [Buzzer] FICTION. Half of all incidents are from one farm that illegally baited and ‘left dead cattle’ for days. Did lawmakers base the wolf hunt on Fact or Fiction? [Buzzer] FICTION. Tell Governor Snyder: get the facts. Stop the hunt.”

In response to the MLive series, Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder urging him to restore the trust and integrity of Michigan’s public officials by stopping the hunt, allowing voters to decide the issue on the November 2014 ballot and launching an independent investigation into the falsehoods and deceit.

“The case for wolf hunting was contrived,” said Fritz. “Even after voters tried to stop them with a referendum petition with more than 250,000 Michigan voters signing it, some lawmakers and their allies would not relent. They continued to invent information about wolf threats,disregarded the opinion of a quarter million Michigan voters, and passed a second wolf hunting bill.”

On November 7, Senator Tom Casperson, who cited some of this misinformation in support of his legislation to designate the wolf a game species, issued a formal apology for this on the floor of the Michigan Senate stating that he used false information.

Earlier on November 5, DNR fur bearer specialist Adam Bump admitted to a Michigan Public Radio audience that his “misspoke” when he said wolves were threatening people outside their homes.

On November 10, the MLive editorial board was critical of “the way (the wolf hunt) came about – in a series of distortions, falsehoods and questionable actions that give the appearance of an intentional path laid around public inspection and participation. The Department of Natural Resources says it used ‘sound science’ to set the hunt. But the policy-setting process was eroded by inaccurate information, passed along by a cast of actors who either didn’t check the accuracy of what they were promoting or who had no interest in doing so because they were bent on the outcome.” (See full “Wolf ends don't justify means” editorial at: http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/11/mlive_media_group_wolf_ends_do.html#incart_river)

Last March, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected – a coalition of animal welfare groups, conservationists, veterinarians, business owners, faith leaders and Native American tribes – submitted more than 255,000 signatures of Michigan residents allowing voters to decide in the November 2014 election if the wolf should be designated as a game animal. Before the signatures could be validated by the state, legislators and the governor hastily approved a second law (Public Act 21 of 2013) allowing political appointees of the Natural Resources Commission to make important wildlife decisions.

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected launched a second petition drive in August to overturn P.A. 21. Persons interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about the issue can visit KeepWolvesProtected.com.


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