Senator Chris Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center) on Wednesday was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of Minnesota for her legislative efforts to protect the wolf from recreational hunting and trapping.
Also awarded was Representative Jason Isaacson, who has worked on legislation to humanely manage the gray wolf population as well. The two legislators were honored as part of Humane Lobby Day, which brought more than 100 Minnesota residents to the Capitol to lobby in support of animal rights bills.
“The work the Humane Society does is essential in protecting our wildlife and our pets,” Sen. Eaton said while receiving her award. “It’s important that we work together to end animal cruelty – that we serve as the voices for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Sen. Eaton authored S.F. 666, which would reinstate the five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota. After the U.S. Senate delisted Minnesota’s wolves, the gray wolf was removed from the Federal Endangered Species, therefore permitting recreational wolf hunting and trapping in the state.
“There are humane ways to manage our wolf population, and the moratorium would give us a chance to collect data so we can assess whether or not the hunt is actually a means of population control or simply recreational,” Sen. Eaton added.
As of March 18, S.F. 666 was re-referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Regardless of the outcomes of Sen. Eaton and Rep. Isaacson’s efforts on protecting the gray wolf this legislative session, the two agreed that advocates should be proud of the progress that has been made.
“We’re not going to give up on this legislation,” Sen. Eaton ended.
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