Recent news has serviced about several US House of Representatives drafting legislation that would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes. These legislators want to make this legislation immune to judicial review.
Apparently big hunter, big oil, along with big mining interests are tired of the endless lawsuits that keep wolves under federal protection. They now demand legislation that takes away the judicial review process.
It’s common knowledge that while an animal is on the Endangered Species List provides protection for their habitat as well. Wolves and their habitats are now back under the protection of the ESA.
Meaning oil & mining companies can’t get their greedy little hands on wolf habitat.
Wisconsin representative Reed Ribble, one of the sponsors of this legislation that will attempt to strip judicial right to sue, said:
“Wisconsin’s wolf population has significantly recovered over the last several decades, and I am confident in our state’s ability to manage the population,” Wisconsin Representative Reed Ribble, a Republican, told VICE News. “I am pursuing a bipartisan legislative fix that will allow the Great Lakes states to continue the effective work they are doing in managing wolf populations without tying the hands of the Fish and Wildlife Service or undermining the Endangered Species Act.” Read more here: https://news.vice.com/article/members-of-congress-want-to-remove-the-gray-wolf-from-the-endangered-species-act
A legislative fix that strips the equal justice for all is not a solution.
The following is from the Supreme Court Website “The Court and Constitutional Interpretation” section:
“The Constitution of the United States is a carefully balanced document. It is designed to provide for a national government sufficiently strong and flexible to meet the needs of the republic, yet sufficiently limited and just to protect the guaranteed rights of citizens; it permits a balance between society’s need for order and the individual’s right to freedom. To assure these ends, the Framers of the Constitution created three independent and coequal branches of government. That this Constitution has provided continuous democratic government through the periodic stresses of more than two centuries illustrates the genius of the American system of government.”
We the people have been granted the right to challenge a law through the judicial process.
“EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.” From the Supreme Courts Website: http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/constitutional.aspx
Photograph map from http://www.eswr.com/2011/12/great-lakes-gray-wolf-removed-from-species-list-salazar-says/
Wolves in the Great Lakes were delisted in 2011 and states and tribes assumed responsibility for wolves in the region. Wolves in the region were deemed recovered.
Soon after delisting wolves like apples in a barrel were picked off one by one.
Management by states, WI and MN, resembled the same methods of predator management that eradicated wolves in the past.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources called this recreational wolf hunting in order to keep population down. WI allowed the trapping, shooting and hounding of wolves. WDNR administration ignored public out cry against wolf trophy hunting.
Three years of reckless trophy hunting took its toll on wolf populations in WI and MN.
The Judicial review process challenged the rule that delisted Great Lake’s wolves in 2011.
Less than a month ago a federal judge ordered Great Lakes back on the endangered species list. This courts ruling came as a results of a lawsuit. Now legislation is being drafted that desists wolves and stops judicial review, lawsuits that challenge delisting.
Will wolves ever be truly free?
Raise your voice making it loud and clear to your congressman, keep wolves listed and tell them not to sponsor any legislation that delists wolves in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Minnesota or Michigan.
How to find your US House of Representative here: http://www.house.gov
How far will fringe trophy hunters go to get their mount?
2 Replies to “In Brief: Wolves, the Endangered Species Act and the courts as final arbiter of the law.”
Leave the wolves on the protected list they are still in danger and need all of our help.
Wolves are the only species who protect everyone in their pack. They gave us police dogs, drug dog for police, rescue dogs. They feed everyone under them in the food chain which goes all the way down to worms. You’ll be starving all the rest of the animals if you keep killing this one. They usually take out animals such as cancer ridden deers or something that cannot contribute to their group.