What the 2014 election results mean for wildlife conservation

What the 2014 election results mean for wildlife conservation

Last night's election had several ballot initiatives designed to protect and conserve wildlife.

Environmental Action has fought to protect endangered Wolf species for years. In Michigan, two initiatives were on the state ballot to allow hunting of Wolves. On both initiatives, voters overwhelmingly voted no to allow hunting. It's a big setback for Wolves and all of us who love them, because Michigan Wolves were just begining to return to their historic home in numbers big enough to build stable familes (called packs). Increased hunting of wolves for fun and sport endagners their precarious recovery, and could drive wolves out of Michigan, and back to the brink of extinction.

Maine BearsEnvironmental Action had been working since May to end Maine's scientifically indefensible and cruel bear hunting practices. 

At the end of a incredibly close election, the bear hunters and their supporters resorted to scare tactics and outright lies. Even though there hasn't been a single bear attack reported in Maine, they told voters that bears pose a threat to public safety. One of their advertisements even included footage of a woman being attacked by a bear, even though the incident happened in Florida and had nothing to do with huntings.
While these are both setbacks for all of us working to protect wildlife in this country and on this planet, the fight isn't over. For now, Maine will remain the only state in the country where baiting, trapping and dogging of bears is legal. And, for now, Michigan and other states will continue hunting wolves, which are barely back from the brink of extinction.

We'll keep fighting at the local, regional and national level to wage campaigns that protect wildlife, and the rights of all creatures to share our environment.