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December 13, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Condemns Michigan Legislature’s Action to Allow Wolf Trophy Hunting

The HSUS urges Governor Snyder to veto Senate Bill 1350

The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement in response to the disappointing vote in the Michigan House to advance Senate Bill 1350 to Governor Snyder. SB 1350 would designate wolves a game species and allow the Natural Resources Commission to set a trophy hunting season for an animal that had been protected for decades. The bill was approved by the Senate in late November and passed the House yesterday by a vote of 66 to 43.

“Wolves have been on the protected list in Michigan for nearly 50 years and they are just starting to recover. It’s not right to spend decades protecting wolves from extinction only to turn around and allow them to be killed for sport,” said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS. “Governor Snyder should veto this legislation right away.”

There are fewer than 700 wolves in Michigan. It’s already legal in Michigan to kill wolves in order to protect livestock or dogs. Allowing the killing of wolves just for sport is unnecessary and will accomplish nothing. People don’t eat wolves, and it’s just pointless trophy hunting for no good purpose. Wolf hunting may involve especially cruel and unfair practices, such as painful steel-jawed leghold traps, hunting over bait, aerial gunning from helicopters, and even using packs of dogs to chase down and kill wolves.

Facts:

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist the Great Lakes wolves became effective earlier this year, after multiple previous attempts to delist wolves were struck down in the courts over the course of the last decade.
  • Since the delisting, both Wisconsin and Minnesota have opened wolf hunting seasons, which are in progress. These states have authorized some of the most abusive and unsporting practices including hound hunting and trapping. In Wisconsin, hound hunting of wolves was suspended for the current season due to a lawsuit.
  • In October, , The Humane Society of the United States served notice that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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