Letting wildlife measures go to voters would have been best.
Michigan wolf hunting may not resume until 2015 despite a new law approved Thursday, and opponents are already gearing up for a legal challenge and long-term fight.
I found myself asking a lot of questions after the Michigan House decided yesterday to vote on a bill that would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate a wolf hunt. Highlighted below are some things that I thought about after the vote dropped yesterday that have me hunting for answers:
People for and against a wolf hunt in Michigan are at the state Capitol today.
Orange-wearing hunters are mixing with people waving signs calling for protecting Michigan’s wolves.
More than 60 people are gathered at the Capitol to protest today's vote in the state House on wolf hunts.
Don’t care about wolf hunting? Think again.
When the Legislature considers a proposal Wednesday that would maintain a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula, it would be the fourth time in two years that it has taken an issue away from being decided by a statewide vote of the people.
People opposed to wolf hunting in Michigan are protesting outside of the state capitol today.
The state Senate passed a measure that would allow the Natural Resources Commission to determine whether to schedule wolf hunting seasons.
Progress for animals isn’t easy – it never has been. There’s no glide path when you confront entrenched interests and the politicians often so ready to do their bidding. There are still so many people in society who think that animals are just there for the taking – to do with them as they please, and to demand that the law serve their whims or economic ambitions.
Wolf hunting can continue in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — provided the Natural Resource Commission approves a second season.