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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mel Brown, Co-Chair (R) email@example.com
Sen. Jerry Stevenson, Vice Chair (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brad Wilson, Vice Chair (R) email@example.com
Sen. Stuart Adams (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brad Dee (R) email@example.com
Rep. Greg Hughes (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Don Ipson (R) email@example.com
Sen. Pete Knudson (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Becky Lockhart (R) email@example.com
Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R) email@example.com
Rep. Joel Briscoe (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) email@example.com
Rep. Tim Cosgrove (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Gene Davis (D) email@example.com
Sen. Pat Jones (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Luz Robles (D) email@example.com
Rep. Jennifer Seelig (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
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.