When you think about it…where’s the fun when death is the ultimate outcome?

Unfortunately, many families encourage and participate in hunting for fun, recreational purposes.

Unfortunately, many families encourage and participate in hunting for fun, recreational purposes.

Why do some individuals enjoy massacring innocent animals? And why do some think it’s just fine to encourage their children to take part in the action? From the deadly pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania to the annual squirrel slam in Holley, New York, and the most recent Predator Masters convention in Las Cruces, New Mexico, people are destroying nature. Of course, those participating in these events don’t see it that way. They’re just out to have a fun family day killing wildlife. Yeah, it’s all just a fun family day. But what about the pigeons and their families; what about the squirrels and their families? The coyotes and theirs? This is no fun family day for them.

Some of these events are meant to raise money for worthy causes, just as the auction of a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino was promoted as a fundraiser to help conserve the species. Can’t we raise money for worthy causes without having to resort to violence? Can’t we have fun without harming others? When you think about it…where is the fun when death is the ultimate outcome?

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

Frog’s Habitat Is Protected

Working to protect even the smallest animals helps maintain healthy ecosystems.

Thanks to the actions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 10,000 acres of habitat of the Chiricahua leopard frog were protected. The protected habitats are found in Arizona and New Mexico. Chiricahua leopard frogs, known for their snore-like croak, have a bright green back that is spotted with black.

Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for taking this critical action to protect a threatened species and encourage the service to continue to protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats.

Rowan W. Gould, Acting Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Tele. No.: 1-800-344-9453
E-mail: http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

Minnows Reclassified as Endangered

Paws Up!

To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reclassifying two fish as endangered.

The spikedace and loach minnow have recently been protected under the Endangered Species Act due to climate change.

According to a news story, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … pointed to prolonged drought, climate change and an increase in nonnative fish for its decision to reclassify as endangered two fish [spikedace and loach minnow] found in New Mexico and Arizona.”

Drought is a major problem in the desert Southwest. According to the article, “The Southwest is definitely going to have to get better at using water than it already is if there’s going to be any hope, not just for these fish, but virtually every native fish,” Greenwald [species director at the Center for Biological Diversity] said. “The population of almost every species that depends on rivers and streams in the Southwest has gone down.”

Species preservation is one of the reasons the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted in 1973. Two federal agencies are responsible for administering and enforcing the ESA: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They share responsibility for species that inhabit both marine and land areas; FWS is further responsible for all marine species; NOAA for freshwater fish.

Take Action: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for giving these two fish further protection.

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

Albuquerque Joural Online

Chimps Get a Reprieve

Paws Up!
To the National Institutes of Health for allowing the Alamogordo chimpanzees to stay put while a study is conducted to determine if they should be used in biomedical research.

According to a news source, “A controversial plan to resume biomedical testing on semiretired, government-owned research chimpanzees living in Alamogordo, N.M., has been put on hold after the intervention of New Mexico politicians and a trio of U.S. senators.


Photo by Kevin Rohr

“The National Institutes of Health announced…that it would keep the 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility instead of transferring them to a San Antonio research center while the National Academy of Sciences determines whether chimps are still needed in biomedical research.

“The chimps, the oldest of which is 53, have been infected with HIV, hepatitis C and other viruses, undergone liver biopsies and been anaesthetized repeatedly, but they have been spared from testing for a decade or more.”

Animal testing has been proven more and more unreliable as a determinant for human reaction to drugs, household products, toxins, and various medical procedures. This reprieve for the 186 chimpanzees at Alamogordo also may signal a reprieve for other primates. The Institute of Medicine will conduct an in-depth analysis to reassess the need for the continued use of chimpanzees in animal-related testing.

Take Action: Write the National Institutes of Health urging the agency to discontinue testing on chimpanzees. Let them know you support alternatives to animal testing, alternatives that are more reliable and better predictors of how humans will react to various substances and procedures.

Dr. Francis S. Collins
National Institutes of Health
9000 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20892
Tele. No.: 301-496-4000
TTY 301-402-9612
E-mail: NIHinfo@od.nih.gov


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