In a move fiercely condemned by conservation experts and advocates, House Republicans continued their crusade against “arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity” and voted mostly along party lines on Friday to strip federal protections from gray wolves.
Noting that “the American people overwhelmingly support the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the magnificent animals and plants it protects,” Brett Hartl of the Center for Biological Diversity declared, “This final, pathetic stab at wolves exemplifies House Republicans’ longstanding cruelty and contempt for our nation’s wildlife.”
Under the Manage Our Wolves Act (H.R. 6784), introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), all gray wolves in the lower 48 states—except for Mexican gray wolves—will be removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species.
“It’s a travesty that a House bill introduced in September with just four cosponsors secures floor time to put these imperiled wolves in the crosshairs of trophy hunters and trappers.”
—Sara Amundson, Humane Society Legislative Fund
“It’s a travesty that a House bill introduced in September with just four cosponsors secures floor time to put these imperiled wolves in the crosshairs of trophy hunters and trappers,” Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said in a statement.
“The American people have demanded that the Fish and Wildlife Service make a decision based upon scientific evidence that is open to a public comment process,” she pointed out. “Instead, 196 members of Congress passed a bill to deny ESA protections to gray wolves based upon political motivations.”
A provision in the bill bars judicial review, meaning that if it passes the Senate and President Donald Trump signs it into law, the measure cannot be overturned in court. Legal challenges have blocked past attempts to delist the species.
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