| Yesterday, Senator Jon Tester's shameful and undemocratic tactic of attaching his wolf rider (anti-Endangered Species Act rider) to the US Senate's must-pass budget bill succeeded.
As the New York Times reported, "Congress for the first time is directly intervening in the Endangered Species List and removing an animal from it, establishing a precedent for political influence over the list....The rider is the first known instance of Congress' directly intervening in the list....The rider also precluded judicial review of this provision."
Senator Tester has now opened up the floodgates for more politicians just simply (and quietly) attaching riders to must pass bills to remove other endangered animal and plant species from ESA protections. Are salmon next? Desert tortoise? Leatherback turtles? Puma? Black-footed ferret?
Senator Tester's actions are a great gift to developers, the resource extraction industry, other special interests and politicians that don't like the ESA and could really give a toot about protecting native wildlife and plants. The message is clear: just pass a rider and close the court house door like Montana's Senator Tester!
Senator Tester also forever closed the court-house doors and removed the possibility of any judicial review of his wolf rider, meaning wolves are delisted forever, no matter how low their populations may plummet. Until Senator Tester, this was never done in the 38 year history of the ESA.
Please make sure to contact Senator Tester directly and let him know how you feel about his wolf/ESA rider. Thank you.
Click here to send an email: http://tester.senate.gov/Contact/
Senator Tester's D.C. Office phone number is: (202) 224-2644
To speak with someone at Senator Tester's Missoula office, call or visit:
130 W Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
The Endangered Species Coalition has put together a simple-to-use action alert right here: