Voting No on Wolf Proposals Will Have Long-Term Impact
Volunteers to go door-to-door this weekend urging a NO vote
(Note to editors: Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign staff and volunteers will gather to watch the election results from Hobie’s Café and Pub, 930 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing after the polls close at 8 p.m., Nov. 4.)
LANSING, Mich.—Keep Michigan Wolves Protected volunteers from Metro Detroit to Marquette and in between (Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Traverse City) will be canvassing neighborhoods this weekend to urge Michigan residents to vote on Proposals 1 and 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, said: “Although proponents of wolf hunting are attempting to disenfranchise voters by saying their votes won’t count, the outcome of these proposals will have a meaningful impact in determining the fate of Michigan’s small and fragile wolf population and the right of residents to vote on wildlife issues. A third law approved by the Legislature will be challenged in court as unconstitutional, for cobbling together six or seven different policies and violating Michigan’s single subject rules. If a court strikes it down, Proposals 1 and 2 will be the law of the land. That’s why it’s imperative for voters to vote NO on Proposal 1 and 2 on Nov. 4.”
In addition to the litigation to be filed 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.
A growing number of media outlets are urging Michigan residents to weigh in on Proposals 1 and 2 to send a clear message to legislators and members of the Natural Resources Commission. They include:
Lansing City Pulse editorial
“Proponents of wolf hunting in Michigan haven’t made their case for the two statewide ballot proposals. They talk in terms of protecting farmers in the UP. But hunting predatory wolves is already legal. They say a hunting season is needed so that wolves get the message to stay away, but there’s very little evidence that works. They deny modern technology, which allows us to track every wolf and capture those that are dangerous. Moreover, hunting is a real slap in the face of the state’s Native American residents, in whose culture the wolf plays an important role. What this appears to be about is creating wolf hunting as a sport in Michigan — but without the underlying justification or at least rationalization that we kill for food, which wolf meat is not. Wolf hunting as a sport is just killing. Vote no and no.”
Midland Daily News - Take some time to understand wolf hunting referenda on ballot by Steve Griffin
“Keep Michigan Wolves Protected says … that voters can send a strong message to the Legislature that it shouldn’t have taken the decision out of the hands of voters. Maybe, they say, lawmakers will revisit the issue. Whatever the outcome of the referenda … it’s a safe bet we’ll all hear more about Michigan wolves.”
Michigan Radio - November elections reveal polarization of politics by Jack Lessenberry
“The other place where I’ve seen real passion is over the ballot proposals that are designed to prevent the legal hunting of wolves. Ironically, the Legislature, which wants wolves to be hunted, passed a law designed to make whatever voters do irrelevant, but those who want to protect the wolves want to show that the voters are behind them.”
MTV ACT - Voting Matters: We Can Stop the Wolf Hunt
“Prop 1 in Michigan is about the hunt, and Prop 2 was sneakily added as a way to try to ensure voters don’t ever get a say on which animals are hunted. Instead, politically appointed people (who were not elected and are not scientists) would be deciding on which animals can be hunted.”