A Reply from Senator Michael Bennet, Colorado

I recently sent letters to President Obama & Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, as well as Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado.  Senator Bennet has graciously sent a reply, posted below.  Please write to your representatives in Washington.  Many voices can make a difference!

Dear Suzanne:

Thank you for contacting me regarding protection of the gray wolf. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you may know, an animal or plant may be a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act if, according to the Secretary of the Interior, a significant economic or growth-related factor is threatening its livelihood. I share your concern that conservation efforts are critical as habitat loss continues to affect many sensitive animals. The gray wolf is certainly one that deserves our consideration.

You may be interested to know that I joined a bipartisan group of Senators in writing a letter to Senator Kohl of Wisconsin and Senator Brownback of Kansas, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, commending them for properly resourcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement of key animal welfare laws. The letter also urged Senators Kohl and Brownback to continue their commitment to these efforts in Fiscal Year 2010.

The letter also recommended proper resourcing for practices and enforcement of humane methods of slaughter, monitoring the general animal welfare, investigative and enforcement services to meet the rising need of animal welfare cases, maintenance and improvement of
Animal Fighting Enforcement agencies, furthered implementation of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act, and increasing the range and scope of the Disaster Planning for the Animal Emergency Management System. The goal of such work on the federal level is protecting animal welfare nationwide.

I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.

For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at
http://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.


Michael Bennet
United States Senator


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