Senator Maria Cantwell: Sponsor The Rural Economic Vitalization Act
  • Petitioned Senator Maria Cantwell

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Senator Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senate
Sen. Maria Cantwell

Senator Maria Cantwell: Sponsor The Rural Economic Vitalization Act

    1. Project  Alpha Wolf
    2. Petition by

      Project Alpha Wolf

      Tumwater, WA

Ranching on America's 260 million acres of western federal public lands is devastating to wildlife. Wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions are routinely killed by state and federal agents on behalf of ranchers who claim (often without good evidence) that these animals prey on their livestock.

Bison and wild horses are harassed, rounded up, and sometimes killed as part of a "turf war" waged by the ranching industry against conservationists.
And more than 150 wildlife species are federally listed as threatened/endangered, or are petitioned or are candidates for listing, at least in part, because ranching has eroded the soil, degraded the vegetation, or fouled the water.

While contributing less than 3 percent of the nation's beef supply, the federal grazing program extracts a taxpayer subsidy in excess of $124 million annually.

One approach to resolving these conflicts to the mutual benefit of wildlife, ranchers, and taxpayers would be to empower any permit-holding rancher to compel the government to retire his permit and permanently close the associated grazing allotment. Any compensation received by a rancher taking such action would come from private parties. In this way, a rancher would, for the first time, be able to realize a market value in his grazing permit without the need to sell his private property to which the grazing permit is attached.

With enactment of legislation that facilitates the voluntary retirement of grazing permits, taxpayers would see a reduction in the grazing program's deficit as allotments would be closed. And wildlife would benefit from the absence of livestock and the natural recovery of landscapes and waterways.

Legislation that would accomplish these objectives has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9) as the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432 in the 112th Congress). We urge Senator Cantwell to sponsor companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Wedge Pack Wolves eliminated

      Project  Alpha Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      REVA would help reduce livestock predator conflicts nationwide. The most recent occurrence was the tragic removal of the Wedge Pack wolves in NE Washington State. That rancher was grazing on public lands in a National Forest and the wolves became habituated to his cattle.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Rolf MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      I think it is a good idea but I don't think ranchers will give up our public land willingly. We need to take it away as in no renewals!

    • carol anderberg. LANGLEY, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Why would it not be? We should all take care of the animals on this earth. We have the voice and the power to do so!

    • Kathy Chad LAFAYETTE, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      I know I am tired of welfare ranching that is destroying the grasslands. Get their cattle off our lands we pay taxes for. That land is for our wild horses and our wildlife. PS, I am tired of the slaughter of our wolves when that land if for them

    • marcie sutton KIRKLAND, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      We benefit for having horses in our lives.

    • Diane M. Williams LACEY, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      What a pitiful, unconscionable shame that you and your fellow legislators continue to allow this waste of taxpayers money just to "cow tow" to the big ranchers, and corporate America yet again. When will it stop? Or will it ever? We need new people in office it seems who have a conscience.


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