The ASPCA is on the ground in Lansing lending our voice to the campaign to Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected. Yesterday, Vicki Deisner, State Director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Midwest Region, helped deliver nearly 230,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to place a measure on November’s ballot that will restore the right of citizens to have a say in wildlife decisions.
In spite of strong public opposition, in 2013 the Michigan Legislature passed a law allowing the gray wolf to be hunted for the first time in nearly 50 years. When faced with the threat of repeal via ballot measure (popular vote by citizens on Election Day), the Legislature quickly passed another law to take away voters’ right to have a say in the wildlife management matters, giving all decision-making power to a panel of political appointees whose decisions cannot be challenged by citizens.
Deisner was at the capital on behalf of the thousands of volunteers, activists and citizens—representing all 83 of the state’s counties—who signed the ballot petition, which is the first step in stopping Michigan’s wolf hunt. “Allowing a wolf hunt to continue in Michigan will undermine the long-term survival of the wolf population,” she says. There are fewer than 700 wolves in the entire state.
Please join us in defense of Michigan’s wolves—visit Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected to spread the word about the threat to wolves and to the democratic process, which has been upended by Michigan’s government.