Last week, the Michigan House voted 65-43 in support of a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula despite pleas to allow the controversial issue go to the November ballot when a statewide vote takes place. The vote follows legislators on both sides of issue presenting heated arguments regarding the initiative.
“A business owner in Grand Marais told me that wolves have been gathering in the parking lot of his hotel. They are so great in numbers that people are concerned about going in their backyards in the evening,” according to state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum. “We should allow sound science to make the decision and not allow special-interest groups to come in front of us and cry wolf.”
According to state Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, the Humane Society of the United States has ulterior motives in opposing the wolf hunt. “They’re highly deceitful. They want no management of the wolves. They’re striving to end hunting,” he said. “The aura of the wolves has grown to epic proportions, almost like Santa Claus,” according to McBroom.
He also claimed the Legislature came to the aid of Detroit when it approved a $195 million payment to help ensure the city emerged swiftly from bankruptcy. “And now we need your help. Our entire peninsula is being affected,” McBroom states.
The city of Detroit, similar to many American consumers and families, has filed for bankruptcy in effort to alleviate the crushing burden of debt. As consumers begin to shed the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding filing for bankruptcy, it has become a popular option for those in need of a fresh financial start. In fact, one of out of every 70 American households will file for bankruptcy.
Backed by sportsmen, this new wolf hunt legislation illustrates the need for many American businesses and families to protect their financial assets, including livestock. Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, the group in support of the legislation, collected enough signatures necessary in order to place the issue before the state Legislature.
The approval, passed in the Senate earlier this month, allows the legislation to automatically become law early next year in 2015. In the event the Legislature had done nothing or had rejected the initiative, the issue would not have been addressed until the November general election ballot.
This new legislation perfectly illustrates the lengths American consumers will go to in order to protect their families, as well as their financial futures.