Gillnets Kill

All sea turtles in American waters are classified as endangered species.

All sea turtles living within American waters are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

California legislators have before them AB 2019, a bill that would ban drift gillnet fishing in waters off California. Gillnets, which may be a mile long, snare more than their intended target, and also trap sea turtles, sperm whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other non-targeted fish. Some of those trapped are endangered species and must be saved from further destruction.

California residents, please contact your legislators and urge them to support AB 2019.

 

Wolves Need Help Now

Wolves are a top predator and, as such, are important to the ecological balance of a region. Removing wolves from the Endangered Species List would upset that balance.

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Wolves occupy a vital part of the food chain.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed removing protections for wolves in the rest of the lower 48 states, having already stripped wolves of their protection in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.

Please let the FWS know you want wolves protected. Comments are being accepted by FWS until March 27. Write the director of FWS now.

Daniel M. Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW, Room 3358
Washington, DC 20240-0001

Corals Need Our Help

You can help keep a part of our natural world, Coral Reefs, thriving for future generations.

You can help keep a part of our natural world, Coral Reefs, thriving for future generations.

Sixty-six of the most threatened corals need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the ability to protect them. Coral reefs are in trouble due to ocean warming, acidification, and pollution.

We must protect endangered and near-endangered species and their habitat; for whenever we save a species from the brink of extinction and preserve enough of the habitat for the species to thrive, we keep a part of our natural world intact for future generations.

For these reasons, it is imperative that NOAA protect 66 of the most threatened corals immediately. Please write NOAA requesting the agency act quickly and decisively to spare further loss of coral reefs. Visit the agency’s website

to learn more about its coral reef conservation program.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

Polar Bears Need Protection

Polar bears are threatened by both climate change and hunting.

Polar bears are threatened by both climate change and hunting.

In March, member nations will meet at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to discuss, among other topics, protections for polar bears. The global trade in polar bear pelts, claws, skulls, and other body parts must stop. Polar bears are in danger not just from this kind of global trafficking but also global climate change. There are an estimated 22,000 polar bears in 20 different populations worldwide.

Killing wildlife for sport is inherently cruel and uncivilized. Hunters who hunt for the thrill of the kill lose themselves in an ancient belief that humans rule over the animals. We do not. In reality, hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns. It decimates animal family units and degrades habitat. Trophy hunting, in particular, is an egregious form of killing as it involves going after big game and mounting all or part of the animal in a trophy or game room where the hunter’s weapons may also be on display.

Urge the prime minister of the United Kingdom to lead his country and the European Union toward a vote on strong protections for polar bears that will end the international trade in their body parts.

The Honorable David Cameron
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA
England

Bluefin Tuna Need Protection

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

Threatened by climate change, overfishing, and pollution, bluefin tuna need protection in order to recover to healthy levels. Write the Canadian ministers of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans requesting they act now to protect bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act. Any delay further compromises the integrity of this long-lived giant ocean predator.

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
Canada

The Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
13th Floor, Station 13E228
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6
Canada

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African Lions in Danger

Only with strict protection will future generations of lions roam freely in the wild.

Only with strict protection will future generations of lions roam freely in the wild.

African lions need protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). With fewer than 35,000 in the wild and with their numbers dwindling, without protection now, they may become extinct. While loss of habitat is one reason for their declining numbers, one of the bigger challenges to the species’ survival comes from the United States—the world’s largest importer of lion trophies and lion parts.

Urge the acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion under the ESA now.

Daniel M. Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Great Whites Need Our Support

These large predators need protection from us.

The U.S. government is considering listing the California great white shark under the Endangered Species Act. Please let the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the director of the California Fish and Game Commission know that you support the need to protect the few hundred remaining great white sharks, an ancient animal, before they vanish from California’s coastal waters.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director
California Fish and Game Commission
P. O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Ivory Kills

African elephants cannot afford a legalization of ivory trade.

There is growing concern that a proposal to legalize the ivory trade may be approved at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the organization’s March 2013 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

Even though the trade in ivory is illegal, approximately 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks. If the ivory trade is legalized, that number will dramatically increase. If we do not protect elephants in Africa, they may face extinction within the next 10 years.

As yet, the United States has not yet taken a strong stand against the proposal. Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to protect African elephants by voting against any proposal that would legalize the ivory trade. In addition, contact the secretary of the Interior and urge him to protect Africa’s elephants by taking an active stand against any reversal of the ivory trade ban.

The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Tele. No.: 202-208-3100
E-mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Protect Jaguars’ Habitat

Jaguars are an elusive, beautiful species of bit cat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to protect 838,232 acres of critical habitat for endangered jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Placing a species on the Endangered Species List is often not enough to ensure their ability to survive. Often their habitat has to be protected as well. Critical habitat is a designation of land that is essential to the survival of the endangered or threatened species. Whenever we can save a species from the brink of extinction and preserve enough of the habitat for them to thrive, we keep a part of our natural world intact for future generations.

Let the Service know that you want to see the jaguars’ habitat protected by commenting on the proposal no later than October 19.

Rowan W. Gould, Acting Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Protect the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay needs you to protect it. Save the bay before it is too late.

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and needs to be protected. However, millions of tons of manure are generated each year on the Delmarva Peninsula, primarily from poultry operations. These poultry operations often house tens of thousands of animals at a time. As a result, the bay, the aquatic life it supports, and the communities that depend on it for their livelihood face significant threats from the pollution caused by these concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The federal Clean Water Act needs to be strengthened to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Let President Obama know you want to see a strong rule proposed now to save the bay from the damages caused by pollution generated by CAFOs.

The Chesapeake Bay needs you to protect it. Save the bay before it is too late.

The Honorable Barak Obama
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

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