Utah Residents Only: Be a Voice for Wolves!
March 5, 2013
UTAH RESIDENTS ONLY! Please voice your opposition to a line item in the Utah budget via a message that is sent no later than next Wednesday, March 6!
Don Peay, founder of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, has worked tirelessly do have wolves delisted throughout the West. On February 21 he asked the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality committee of the Utah legislature for $300,000 from the state general fund (taxpayer money) to pay him to lobby in Washington D.C. to have wolves delisted nation-wide and to ensure that neither Mexican wolf nor Rocky Mountain wolves ever live in Utah, Colorado, Nevada or California.
This money is YOUR tax money, and it will be allocated to a private business – essentially to one individual, Don Peay – to engage in efforts to undermine the Endangered Species Act and to ensure that YOUR wild wolves on YOUR public lands are killed if they should stray beyond arbitrary boundaries. The very idea is a moral affront to the citizens of Utah and to the citizens of the United States. It is especially egregious to Utahans because Utah taxpayers will be required to pay for it at the expense not only of wolves and healthy ecosystems, but of public education and other worthy public goods that the money could otherwise be used for. Killing wolves should not be given priority over educating our children!
Please take a few minutes to email the members of the Executive Appropriations Committee listed in below. Contact each one of them so that we have a chance of persuading a majority to strike this line item from the budget. This is our only opportunity to do it.
- On the subject line of your message say in capital letters NO MONEY FOR DON PEAY’S PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST WOLVES!
- In the body of your message, say that you find this proposed allocation of your money morally reprehensible and economically irresponsible. Please be respectful.
Executive Appropriations Committee:
Sen. Lyle Hillyard, Co-Chair (R) email@example.com
Rep. Mel Brown, Co-Chair (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jerry Stevenson, Vice Chair (R) email@example.com
Rep. Brad Wilson, Vice Chair (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Stuart Adams (R) email@example.com
Rep. Brad Dee (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Greg Hughes (R) email@example.com
Rep. Don Ipson (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Pete Knudson (R) email@example.com
Rep. Becky Lockhart (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R) email@example.com
Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joel Briscoe (D) email@example.com
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Tim Cosgrove (D) email@example.com
Sen. Gene Davis (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Pat Jones (D) email@example.com
Sen. Luz Robles (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jennifer Seelig (D) email@example.com
If enough people protest this allocation of public funds, it just might be enough to persuade a majority of legislators to vote against it. Please forward this alert to friends of the wolf in Utah.