Jewell Gives Us Another Chance to Save the Wolves
Jim and Jamie Dutcher are my new heroes. They've released a book through National Geographic detailing the six years they spent living in the wild among a pack of wolves, and their story clearly shows that wolves are an important species that absolutely needs protection.
Here at Environmental Action, we want to maker sure that President Obama and his nominee for secretary of the interior get that message, so we're buying copies of the Dutcher's book, The Hidden Life of Wolves, and sending it to both of them in hopes that they'll decide to stop the slaughter of the American gray wolf.
The Dutchers describe wolves as intelligent, social creatures, and that their "hidden life" is in reality just their normal lives, which are different from many of the stereotypes and misconcpetions about wolves. The couple lived in tents alongside the pack for six years, starting when the wolves were pups.
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar obviously has not gotten that message. In the two years since Congress removed the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List, Salazar has approved wolf killing in numerous states and is primed to approve hunting everywhere before he leaves office.
This slaughter is based on exaggerated claims by farmers and ranchers about the impact wolves have on their livestock, and the gleeful way hunters have videotaped themselves trapping and shooting wolves is further evidence that the motives for wolf hunting have more to do with trophy cases than protecting cattle.
Salazar has announced his resignation, and Obama has nominated Sally Jewell, chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to replace him. Jewell seems likely to get the appointment, so we want to send her an advance welcome in the form of a plea to stop killing the wolves. Please join us by signing our petition, showing her that Americans want the slaughter to stop.