Writing letters to your representatives, making phone calls to elected officials, sharing news, answering calls to action alerts, writing letters to the editors, and more is how advocates are winning the war on wolves.
Since the year 2011 thousands of social media sites about protecting Gray wolves have cropped up. Educating the general public about the plight of the Gray wolf is necessary in order to change or counter the culture of fear and hate; propaganda being spun by anti wolf politicians that are in the back pockets of special interests. These special interest groups, oil & gas, mining, lumber, Big Ag, and real estate industries want the habitat that the Endangered Species Act protects. The ESA protects the endangered specie, Gray wolf, and its habitat making it difficult for greedy special interests get their hands on protected habitat. Special interests have an agenda, and wolf advocates need to counter it with facts. It’s an uphill battle that must be waged every day.
“…I think it’s rubbish. First of all nobody’s ever proved that the money from trophy hunting actually does go back to conserve the species.” Jane Goodall
The good news is it’s working! Wolf advocates have stopped numerous attempts to delist wolves Great Lakes since 2014. Wolf advocates have answered the call of hundreds of action alerts. I’ve read and published wolf advocate letters to the editors. I’ve asked every wolf advocate to take action for wolves by submitting letters to the editor in a blog post “Get Involved” and it’s getting results. Writing a letter to the editor of your local or regional newspaper is the best way to reach a large audience with your message. LTEs are printed on the editorial page. The Get Involved post includes; why write a letter, tips on writing a letter, and several links to Wisconsin newspapers. Please keep those Letters to the Editor (LTE’s) coming.
The following is a letter to the editor from Trisha Myers of McCormick from the Greenville News
We cannot let history repeat itself. Wolves were almost driven to extinction before they were placed on the Endangered Species list in 1974. Since then, wolves have started making their journey toward recovery.
When federal protections were prematurely removed from wolves in the Great Lakes region, state agencies opened up brutal hunting and trapping seasons, and more than 1,500 wolves were killed in just three years. After being placed back on the Endangered Species list in 2014, wolves in the Great Lakes are working hard to rebound.
Now, Congress wants to throw another curve ball at them. The House FY19 spending bill for the Department of the Interior includes dangerous language that directs the Secretary of the Interior to remove the gray wolf again from the endangered and threatened species list in the Great Lakes, Wyoming, and the lower 48 states. It also bars judicial review of the de-listing, undermining our right to challenge government decisions in the courts. We can’t let similar provisions get into the Senate version of this bill.
The gray wolf is an iconic symbol of freedom, the great outdoors, and the spirit of the American wilderness. A 2016 study shows that most Americans “greatly value” wolves. Wolves drive economic growth by promoting tourism, which supports local economies and small businesses. USDA data shows that wolves and other carnivores cause less than 1 percent of all annual livestock losses.
Gray wolves are counting on you to take a stand by calling our senators and telling them to oppose any anti-wolf language in the the Senate’s FY19 spending bill or any other bill.
Advocates are working to keep the Gray wolf protected! Writing letters to the editor is one way to advocate for wolves.
The not so good news…
Here’s where advocacy could use some minor improvement….
Facebook has generated the “rant” that keeps wolf advocacy in a perpetual stalemate. What does that mean? The cause of wolf advocacy has become polarized between wolf advocates and hunters. Comments on wolf advocacy pages has now created “the keyboard warrior” an anonymous phenomenon that’s gets the cause no where and keeps the cause polarized. These anonymous keyboard warriors have went as far as threatening to hunt the hunters. This has become a problem for advocacy pages working to educate and advocate because they have to waste precious time on removing these keyboard warrior’s comments.
“How can you stop yourself from yelling and shouting and accusing everyone of cruelty? The easy answer is that the aggressive approach simply doesn’t work.” ~Jane Goodall, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey
The rant on Facebook comments involves letting off steam so to speak, an emotional outlet, for frustrated advocates. Rants often escalate out of control with name calling and becomes so volatile the page admins end up banning the parties involved in the angry rants.
I’ve discouraged these angry fights in comment sections on Facebook between advocates and hunters since the year 2011 when the wolf hunts began. It’s best to take that emotional desperation you feel and put it into action.
Thank you for all you do for wolves!
Wolf recovery in Wisconsin began in the late 1970s. Wolves are a part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy. Trophy hunts on wolves are about power not conservation. #GetInvolved #StopExtinction
Featured image credit John E Marriott Photograply
*Public disclaimer: I dispute anything Wisconsin Wolf Front United writes on their page about me.