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April 19, 2013

TV Ad Campaign Urges Michigan Lawmakers to Protect Voting Rights and to Halt Effort to Repeal Dove Referendum

HB 4552 and SB 288 attack citizen participation in democratic decision-making

A new TV ad campaign airing throughout Michigan is urging state lawmakers to oppose legislation that would take away the rights of Michigan voters to have a say on any new hunting and trapping seasons of protected wildlife species, including mourning doves and wolves. The Humane Society of the United States launched the ad Friday.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The Humane Society of the United States said: “Reasonable people can disagree about matters of wildlife protection, but the foundation stone of our democracy is the respect for the right to vote and an adherence to the rule of law. Some Michigan lawmakers are prepared to creep right up to the edge of responsible representative government and to dismantle citizen lawmaking in order to further their ambitions to kill wildlife. This is intolerable.”

The TV ad is running in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Marquette and Toledo and is available online at http://youtu.be/GXqE000A0Vo.  

The ad tells viewers: “Remember the mourning dove vote? Lansing politicians forced through a law to needlessly hunt these songbirds. But two-thirds of Michigan voters, and all 83 counties, voted ‘no.’ Now, the politicians are at it again, trying to nullify our vote by giving away our rights to seven unelected bureaucrats – repealing our landslide vote on doves, and stopping voters from having a say on whether it’s right to allow trophy hunting of Michigan’s declining wolf population. Tell your legislators: Stop the power grab.” The ad encourages voters to call their legislators and urge them to vote ‘no’ on HB 4552.

If passed, SB 288 and HB 4552 would cede authority to the seven political appointees of the Natural Resources Commission to establish a hunting season for any animal they want, without any opportunity for the voters to weigh in on these matters. The HSUS is urging all Michigan residents to call their state representative and Gov. Snyder and ask them to reject SB 288 and HB 4552. 

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

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