Sen. Cardin Introduces Bill to Strip Wolf Protections, Undermine Endangered Species Act

Press Release from The Center for Biological Diversity
Forward by R.T. Fitch ~ co-founder/president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“We at Wild Horse Freedom Federation and at Straight from the Horses Heart cherish all that is wild, free and living life as God intended WITHOUT the destructive influences instituted by egotistical human beings.  Be it wild horses & burros or natural predators, Mother Nature has always been and could continue to be the best steward of wildlife without the interjection of man’s wants and whims.  Everything worked just fine until humans became involved in attempting to control and twist the environment to suit his/her narrow needs.

With that said, we will share, discuss and disseminate information on other wild species, besides our equines, that come under the threat of man’s eternal quest for physical gain while ignoring the roots of our spiritual tie to nature.  Predators are essential to the natural balance of nature and health of the environment so to remove them skews prey animal numbers and even affects botanical diversity and topographical structure. 

In essence, if it ain’t broke, don’t attempt to fix it.  Nature is best left alone to nature and our mission should be to preserve, observe and enjoy…an easy fix.  Perhaps, too easy” ~ R.T.


“Bill Would Also Halt Limits in Toxic Fishing Gear in Exchange for Near-meaningless Symbolic Legislation…”

WASHINGTON— Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined forces with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to introduce legislation today that would end Endangered Species Act protections for thousands of wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming and prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from ever addressing lead poisoning from fishing gear.

In exchange the legislation would reauthorize several conservation programs like the North America Wetlands Conservation Act — a procedural action by Congress that has no real-world impact on funding levels.

Barrasso, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has sponsored or cosponsored eight bills attacking the Endangered Species Act since 2015 and voted against the Act nearly a dozen times since 2011.

“Killing wolves and poisoning lakes and rivers with lead pollution does not help wildlife, but will severely tarnish Senator Cardin’s conservation legacy,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Why a Democrat like Cardin would accept this terribly lopsided deal at the same time the Trump administration is attempting to destroy 40 years of environmental protections is simply stupefying.”

The “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act,’’ or “HELP” Wildlife Act, contains multiple conservation programs, including the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Chesapeake Bay Program and the North America Wetlands Conservation Act. However, reauthorization has no bearing on whether Congress ultimately allocates funding to a program in a given year. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more than 260 major laws have had their authorizations expire and continue to receive funding. These programs constitute over half of the non-defense budget each year.

“This legislation won’t help conservation on the ground anywhere — not a single animal or plant will benefit from this horrible legislation,” said Hartl. “Sadly Cardin is trading killing thousands of wolves for a largely symbolic effort to help Chesapeake Bay. This is a disaster.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

17 comments on “Sen. Cardin Introduces Bill to Strip Wolf Protections, Undermine Endangered Species Act

  1. Hmmmm. Must be one of the (very) few who hasn’t ‘skipped town early for the long weekend’. I read an article with that headline about skipping out on their responsibilities and I just about LMAO. But, killing wolves and wildlife, and destroying wilderness is the only thing that matters to them, isn’t it.

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  2. This is not only an attack on the Endangered Species Act itself, it is an attack on individual wild animals and species and against the planet Earth. As R.T. said, “Mother Nature has always been … the best steward of wildlife”.

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  3. I may be having a “senior” moment here but werent there a couple more comments here from idaursine with a link to another article? Appears they disappeared which never happens here!

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    • Apparently I WAS having a ;moment!! Found the comments & a link on an earlier post! Sorry! Must be all the muggy heat here in NY!!!

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  4. being from Md., I’m very dissappointed in Sen. Cardin! Yes, we need to continue the hard work & recovery of the Bay, especially now it’s really starting to turnaround & Trump is hellbent on drilling offshore of Md. BUT…This is not the way! This is not acceptable!!

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  5. What is wrong with these people? Im going to work to replace Ben Cardin who most certainly does not represent the view of most in my party.

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  6. You have to click onto the link and go to the website in order to see the actual figures.
    We need to know the source(s) of this attack on America’s wildlife.

    From OPEN SECRETS (Center for Responsive Politics)

    Sen. Ben Cardin
    Source of Funds (Campaign Cmte Only), 2013-2018

    NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for 2013-2018 and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on June 30, 2017 (for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average) and on May 08, 2017 for Top Contributors and Industries. In the “Source of Funds” chart, “Large Individual Contributions” refer to all contributions from unique individuals aggregating to more than $200 within a cycle, and “Small Individual Contributions” refer to all contributions from unique individuals totaling $200 or less within a cycle. (“Help! The numbers don’t add up…”)

    http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001955

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  7. Yesterday at a farm store a 20 yr old guy and girl buy a few deer blocks and a few bags of feed feed. In Illinois it’s illegal to bait, lure or fatten deer to shoot especially out of season as it’s poaching. So I asked do you raise deer or fatten them? She replied fatten. I asked do you raise them, she said no feed to fatten then shoot. I said a lot of people raise deer to eat locally they usually don’t poach though, the young man said oh it’s until deer season , thats when she said feed them up to coming on our land then we shoot them. These changes in thevEndangered species Act are for people to fatten and and kill wild animals. HUNTERS have run out of game except for deer, the BLM holding I always have said was a fatten for slaughter fraud scheme. I wrote the actual Adopt a horse slogan for the Bureau in the 80s, I won their contest and I got a savings bond. The holding pens in my mind weren’t for Adoptions because you prep and rehome quickly not hold horses hostage for years.

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    • The endangered species Act is protecting animals they want to make into trophies. Now I am not opposed to legitimate hunting, but poaching and no protections I am. That’s not conservation.

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    • I don’t know what to say. Taming and habituating deer, to then turn on them and shoot them. You’ve really got to wonder how the human mind works and justifies itself sometimes – or if it is even functioning properly.

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