They are in serious trouble.
After being protected for nearly half a century, wolves were stripped of their federal protections under the Endangered Species Act last year. This iconic species is just beginning to recover from near extinction, but now hundreds are being hunted and trapped in many states across the country.
Will you please help save our remaining wolves with a gift to the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign?
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition of humane societies, Native American tribes, conservationists, and wolf biologists that have launched a campaign to place a referendum on the Michigan ballot in 2014 that will protect wolves from senseless recreational killing.
Sadly, the Michigan legislature recently passed a bill allowing wolves to be hunted for sport and trophies -- a bill that could clearly be disastrous to the fewer than 700 wolves remaining in the state.
We cannot sit back and watch as the progress that has been made over the last 50 years to protect this rare species is reversed by allowing the very same practices that pushed wolves to the brink of extinction in the first place. Please stand with us in our efforts to save wolves with a donation of $25 -- or whatever you can afford -- today.
The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign is dependent upon caring, sensible animal lovers like you. Without your generous support, our volunteers simply will not be able to gather the 225,000 signatures needed to get this issue on the ballot.
Wolves are often killed in the cruelest and most unsporting ways -- including painful steel-jawed leghold traps (where animals suffer for hours, or even days), shooting the animals over piles of bait, and even using packs of dogs to chase and kill wolves.
We need to do something now. Help us ensure these majestic creatures will be around for many years to come with your donation today.
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States