Second Referendum and Petition Drive Effort Announced to Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

The Humane Society of the United States CEO to speak at local events

LANSING, MICH. – Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is holding a press conference and series of statewide grassroots organizing meetings from Saturday, Aug. 10 to Monday, Aug. 12 to rally volunteers to circulate petitions for its second wildlife protection referendum in 2013.

This second referendum, which volunteers will circulate to other registered voters, seeks to restore the rights of Michigan voters to weigh in meaningfully on wildlife protection issues, just as they did in 2006 by nullifying the Legislature's unpopular and inhumane decision to allow the target shooting of mourning doves. 

In this case, if voters decide to oppose the Legislature's plan to give authority for designating game species to the seven unelected members of the Natural Resources Commission, Michigan will retain its decades-long policy of allowing citizens to weigh in on these matters through the initiative process or through lobbying of state lawmakers and the governor. 

As a practical matter, this referendum seeks also to preserve long-standing protections for wolves, sandhill cranes, and other species the state has protected from killing for sport.

WHAT: Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States – the nation’s largest animal protection organization, will join members of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected at a press conference at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12 to announce the launch of a second referendum campaign to stop wolf hunting in Michigan. In addition, he will speak to campaign volunteers at local grassroots meetings in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Dearborn Heights and Lansing.

The HSUS is a member of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a coalition of Upper and Lower Peninsula residents, animal welfare organizations, conservation groups, Native American tribes, wildlife scientists and veterinarians. Keep Michigan Wolves Protected intends to gather 225,000 signatures of Michigan voters by late March 2014 in order to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.


Saturday, Aug. 10, 3:30 p.m.   
Grand Rapids Public Library     
 Yankee Clipper Branch     
2025 Leonard Street NE    
Grand Rapids, MI 49505    

Sunday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.
Holiday Inn
3600 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Sunday, August 11, 3 p.m.    
Caroline Kennedy Library    
24590 George Street     
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 

Monday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Lansing
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933   


Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS
Local volunteers


Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.
Michigan State Capitol Building
Room 402-403
Lansing, MI 48933


Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS
Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected 
ulie Baker, director of The Song Bird Protection Coalition 
Aaron Winters, director of Kalamazoo Humane 
Holly Thoms, director of Voiceless-MI 
Dr. James Bull, Detroit Audubon
Aaron A. Payment, Tribal Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa

Michigan residents interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about the issue can visit

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Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society


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