2011 Animal L. Comm. Newsl. 1 (2011)

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Summer 2011


         Animal Law Committee



CONGRESS' DE-LISTING OF THE WESTERN GRAY WOLF SPARKS

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: WHO, EXACTLY, IS AFRAID OF

THE BIG, BAD WOLF?
By: Marissa L. Curran


   Looming large in political, legal, and philosophical
circles are a multitude of questions prompted by the
final rule issued recently removing the gray wolf from
the Endangered Species list. Perhaps the most signifi-
cant of these questions is also the most basic: how
should we decide who and what deserve the protection
of the laws?
   Since its enactment in 1973, the  Endangered
Species Act (ESA) has provided a critical safety net for
America's native fish, plants, and animals, and has


prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled
species across the country.'
   But on May 5, 2011, the federal government took
the latest action in the on-going controversy over the
Western gray wolf. The Secretary of the Interior and
acting Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife
Services (FWS) issued a final rule implementing a
budget bill rider amendment that removes ESA protec-
tions for gray  wolves  in the  northern Rocky
Mountains .2
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1 Department of the Interior Press Release (Mar. 18, 2011), http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Interior Announces-Proposed-Settlement-of Gray-Wolf-Lawsuit.cfm
2 Jesse Greenspan, Enviros Slam Gray Wolf Delisting as Unconstitutional, LAw360 (May 6, 2011), http://www.1aw360.com/environmental/articles/243574?utm source-newsletter.

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