Congress may remove Rocky Mountain wolves' protection
The repopulation of grey wolves in Montana and Idaho led to their removal from the Endangered Species List in 2008, concerning many conservationists. But last August a U.S. federal judge ruled this kind of subdivision of populations illegal.
Now Michael Brune of the Sierra Club says lawmakers seek to withdraw this protection through a budget amendment. [tip: Ezno]
The Club is running a campaign to stop the amendment, which has already passed the House. Similar law was proposed by Montana senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, while John Kyl of Arizona recently proposed to withdraw federal protection from all grey wolves.
From the full text of continuing budget resolution HR-1 [Huffington Post], the amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho:
SEC. 1713. -- Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.
Update (16 April): The bill containing this provision has passed into law.
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That'd be like saying "You know what would make the government money? If we didn't hire meter maids to write all those tickets..."
Some places that is an issue. Depending on the circumstances and particular case, there are a lot of times fines and fees fall short paying for the cost of enforcement of a law, even sometimes with simple stuff like parking and traffic violations. At that point you are paying, at a discounted rate, for whatever service the laws provide, e.g. parking decongestion.
When stuff like this comes up, it would be nice to see more being said by ecologist and researchers who have studied these animal populations and have some actual data to back up what they are saying, instead of just hearing from politicians with ulterior motives, or those reacting on an emotional level but may not be contributing in a productive way. There are pros and cons to protection like the endangered species act, where the pros are pretty obvious, but still has problems of encouraging some people to destroy animals on their property and to hide deaths of such animals whether killed on purpose or not.
Damn you law abiding citizens, commit more crimes so cops can be more profitable!
no good can come from this...
~ The Legendary RingtailedFox
Congress... the opposite of Progress.
Fuck that shit.
1.Poly - many
2.Ticks - Blood sucking leeches
Thanks to them, wolves will surely be on their way to extinction...
The bill containing this provision has passed into law.
That bill has things that isn't even related really in my opinion such the stuff about taking protective rights away from wolves and cutting funding to keep the air and water clean in this country...
This is the reason why I did my graduation project on this in the first place and the goverment has gone too far in my opinion.
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