Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jeopardized the fragile recovery of one of the country’s most iconic species by finalizing a rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in the lower 48 contiguous states. This misguided decision comes over one year after FWS received over 1.8 million comments opposing the rule, and letters of opposition from 86 members of Congress, 100 scientists, 230 businesses and 367 veterinary professionals. The Humane Society of the United States, alongside a coalition of conservation and animal protection groups, plans to challenge the decision in federal court.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, just released the following statement:
“Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sentencing thousands of wolves to death. Putting these majestic animals in the crosshairs of trophy hunters who will kill them simply for bragging rights is irresponsible and goes against the values of most Americans. Wolves are not only a cherished part of our natural heritage they are vital to ensuring that our ecosystems are healthy and biologically diverse. We will fight this latest attack with everything we have.”