Oh Dog! Happy Sunday everybody!
I gotta tell ya, there was lots of animal welfare news out there this week, and much of it was bad.
But there WAS some good news heard right here in the US, and I want to share it with you.
Ya see, there’s a strong push underway to de-list the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list. If you aren’t familiar with the issue and want to learn more, Nathan Rott did some great reporting on the issue from all sides. You can hear some of his stories on NPR. I’ll list them at the bottom of the post.
So what is the good news? Well, the Peer Review Panel that studies the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s rationale for de-listing the gray wolf challenged the science used by the agency.
Seems USFWS used the findings of one study conducted by four USFWS scientists to justify its’ recommendations, and the peer review panel said that study wasn’t the best science available. In other words, you might try to appease some folks that hate wolves, but we’re not gonna let you do it with shoddy science. Booyah!
For now, it seems USFWS is backing off its attempts to de-list the gray wolves.
Now I’m not naive enough to think this is the end of the fight to make it legal to kill wolves in all 50 states. But I do know this really puts a kink in the government’s justification for doing so.
By the way, the biggest enemy to the gray wolves is cattle ranchers. You could do a lot to help wolves by not eating beef.
Here’s those stories from Nathan Rott: