For anyone interested in voicing your opposition to the lifting of federal protection on wolves, please read the following from the NRDC that came to me in an email this afternoon:
In just a few weeks, the mass killing of wolves could begin in Idaho and Montana -- and not even newborn wolf pups and their nursing mothers will be spared.
We cannot stand by while this slaughter unfolds.On May 4, the wolf's federal protection will be lifted, and government agents will be free to open fire. After that, the states will launch public hunts, targeting wolves.
We must act now to call off the guns!
That's why NRDC is launching The Big Howlcampaign to mobilize Americans everywhere to protect wolves in the Northern Rockies from the crossfire.
Add your voice now to our campaign. Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to reverse his decision to kick wolves off the endangered species list.
This is absolutely the wrong time to rip away federal protections from these struggling wolves. Over the past year, the wolf population inYellowstone National Park has declined by 27 percent, with more than 70 percent of wolf pups succumbing to disease.
One pack alone lost all 24 of its pups!
If the federal protections are lifted on May 4 as planned, newborn wolf pups and their nursing mothers traveling outside national parks will be in the line of fire.
That's why NRDC and our partners are filing suit in federal court to block this disastrous policy. But we must do more: we must raise a nationwide outcry that the Obama Administration cannot ignore.
And so we're calling on everyone who cares about wolves to take part in The Big Howl campaign.
Please call on the Interior Department to go back to the drawing board and submit this cruel plan to the kind of rigorous scientific review the Obama Administration has promised.
Because you have always stood up for wildlife, I'm contacting you first to take part in The Big Howl campaign.
After you send your own message, I will let you know about an easy way to spread the word to your friends and family. We need at least one million messages to save the wolves -- so get ready to rally your friends and family to add their own voices to The Big Howl.
Natural Resources Defense Council