Your Member of Congress Can Help Protect Forage Fish Like River Herring and Shad

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Forage fish like river herring and shad are a key part of the marine food web, providing food for commercially and recreationally important species such as tuna, cod, and striped bass, as well as for sharks, dolphins, whales, and birds. These fish are essential to healthy fisheries, stable marine ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them.

Unfortunately, demand for forage fish—which are used to make fertilizer, livestock feed, and consumer products like cosmetics—is increasing worldwide. Right now, much of the U.S. does not have measures in place to avoid drastic declines in forage populations and the resulting negative impacts on the marine ecosystem and associated coastal economies.

For example, despite significant work to improve conservation of river herring and shad in the rivers where they spawn, there are no biologically-based catch limits in place for these fish to promote their sustainable management in the ocean.
Ask your member of Congress to introduce legislation to protect forage fish.

To make sure that there are enough forage fish to fulfill their essential ecological roles, now and into the future, please urge your member of Congress to introduce legislation that would authorize fishery managers to establish stronger conservation measures for these crucial fish when they are in ocean waters.

Forage fish are vital for a healthy ocean and thriving coastal communities—they should be protected now.

https://e-activist.com/page/30453/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Alert&utm_campaign=AA+-+ENV+-+USOC+-+FED+-+Forage+Legislation+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew

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Petition: Help Rescue Abandoned Dolphin and Penguins

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Help Rescue Abandoned Dolphin and Penguins

A dolphin called Honey, 46 penguins, and hundreds of fish and reptiles have been abandoned at Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Choshi after it shut down earlier this year. Former employees are reportedly feeding the animals, but Honey has been left imprisoned in a tiny, filthy pool with green, cloudy water, and penguins have been spotted in unsafe enclosures littered with debris.

Honey—who was captured in 2005 near Taiji during Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter—is growing increasingly frustrated and stressed from being deprived of companionship, the opportunity to swim freely in the ocean, and everything else that’s natural and important to her. If she’s transferred to another aquarium, she will likely spend the rest of her life in a tiny tank, being forced to perform circus-style tricks for food.

That’s why it’s vital that all the animals imprisoned at the run-down Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium be released to sanctuaries, where they would be protected and free from harassment. PETA stands ready to help with this.

Please urge the governor of Chiba Prefecture and the executive director of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums to take immediate action to transfer all the animals suffering at the derelict facility to sanctuaries, where they can be cared for.

https://support.petalatino.com/page/6908/action/1?utm_source=PETA%20Latino::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0918::ent::PETA%20Latino::E-Mail::PL%20Japanese%20aquarium%20abandoned::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=125733

Petition · Roseanna Cunninham Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Environment: SAVE DOLPHINS, PORPOISES AND SEALS FROM SCOTTISH SALMON FARMS · Change.org

Porpoises, dolphins and whales are being driven from feeding grounds and can be deafened by Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) used by salmon farms. These mammals echolocate to find food, and if deafened will starve.

Most Scottish farms use cheap single nets. Dead fish accumulate and tempt seals to bite salmon through the net. 121 of 172 farms use ADDs (outputting over 179 decibels) to deter seals, but because ADDs are not very effective, farmers using ADDs also shoot seals.

There are alternatives: Marine Harvest use ADDs and shoot seals in Scotland, however in British Columbia, where ADDs and seal shooting are banned, the same company uses double-skinned anti-predator nets (ref.1), which also solve the problem of escapes.

In 2019, Marine Harvest is predicted to have a net profit of over 1 billion euros (ref. 2). They can afford to fit double-skinned anti-predator nets.

Farms which use ADDs are breaking the law prohibiting “deliberate or reckless disturbance or injury to any porpoise, dolphin or whale”. Scottish Natural Heritage have advised (ref.3) that ADDs cause disturbance and can cause hearing damage and stress, but the regulators, Marine Scotland, have not yet enforced the law.

We call on Roseanna Cunningham to:

Enforce existing laws protecting porpoise, dolphins and whales and ban all ADDs by January 2020.
Honour her pledge not to “roll back our hard-won environmental protections after Brexit” by refusing to allow the laws protecting marine mammals to be weakened.
Insist on independent, peer-reviewed scientific investigations, overseen by a stakeholder committee, including tourism and coastal community members if an ADD is claimed not to disturb or injure any porpoise, dolphin or whale.

Refuse to issue a seal shooting license after January 2020 unless a farm has double-skinned anti-predator nets. Farms not using the best technology are not complying with the licensing condition to only shoot seals “as a last resort”.

David & Jean Ainsley run a wildlife tourism boat. We have lodged a Complaint to Europe (ref.4) calling for our laws protecting marine mammals to be enforced. It is supported by 41 groups and charities representing wildlife, tourism, and coastal communities (ref.5).

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION.

has://www.change.org/p/roseanna-cunninham-scottish-government-cabinet-secretary-for-the-environment-save-dolphins-porpoises-and-seals-from-scottish-salmon-farms?recruiter=353339232&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_abi_gmail_send.variation.pacific_abi_select_all_contacts.control.pacific_email_copy_en_gb_3.control.pacific_email_copy_en_us_3.control.lightning_share_by_medium.share_by_medium.lightning_2primary_share_options.variant

Petition: Tell President Trump: Don’t Harm Marine National Monuments

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URGENT: President Trump could throw protections for three marine national monuments overboard.

Marine national monuments protect irreplaceable ocean habitats and safeguard key marine species from threats such as mining, offshore drilling and trawling – and right now, they’re under attack. The Trump administration is considering allowing commercial fishing in three monuments.

No president has ever attempted to revoke protections for a marine national monument – We can’t sit back and let President Trump start now.

Tell President Trump not to weaken protections of Marine National Monuments now.

Dear President Trump,

I urge you to preserve marine national monuments and maintain all existing protections granted to these monuments in the United States.

Marine national monuments protect ocean treasures by preserving unique and critical habitats that are home to countless coral, fish and other marine life.

Research has found that marine protected areas allow fish populations to replenish and food webs to rebuild, resulting in an increase in the abundance and diversity of ocean life both inside and outside the protected area. Essentially, the more fish and marine animals populate an area, the more they venture beyond the monument’s borders, providing increased opportunities for fishing and nature-based tourism. Bottom line: protecting our marine national monuments is good for our country.

Marine national monuments also help to reduce other ocean stressors by providing vital services such as increased ocean resilience and ecosystem diversity to reduce the risk of losing key species and habitats.

Please do not attempt to withdraw monument designations or allow commercial fishing to resume in any monuments.

https://act.oceana.org/page/18881/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=twitter&utm_campaign=Advo&utm_content=20180912MonumentsTweet&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_id=3As8MKMB0Ypraa

Petition · FWC Crack Down On Land-Based Shark Fishing · Change.org

OneProtest started this petition to FWC Commissiner Chairman Bo Rivard and 9 others

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public input on rules and regulations regarding land-based shark fishing.

This controversial hobby amongst recreational “sport” fishermen has drummed up attention after numerous reports of illegal activity, wanton waste, and public safety concerns. Globally shark populations are under extreme pressure; due in part to overfishing. Although, land-based shark fishers practice catch and release the stress often proves too much for the shark. Sharks that swim away may suffer later from post-release mortality which can occur several hours or days later.

There has been no research conducted on the environmental impacts of land-based shark fishing, the effects LBSF has on shark populations, or the potential risks involved with beachgoers in the same vicinity as land-based shark fishers.

We need to let the FWC know that we want more rules, regulations, and enforcement when it comes to protecting our beaches and wildlife from the thrills of land-based shark fishers.

https://www.change.org/p/fwc-crack-down-on-land-based-shark-fishing?utm_source=embedded_petition_view

For more information visit: https://www.floridasharks.org/

Petition · Protect takayna / Tarkine as a World Heritage Area · Change.org

Patagonia started this petition to Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman

Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture.

The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania’s rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine’s immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.

The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area.

Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes billions to the Tasmanian economy.

Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection and protect this critical region from mining and logging.

https://www.change.org/p/protect-takayna-tarkine-as-a-world-heritage-area

 

California Moves to Ban Fishing Nets Blamed for Killing Numerous SpeciesNow

By Lorraine Chow

Silvertip Sharks (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) caught in gillnet. Jeff Rotman / Oxford Scientific / Getty Images

The California State Assembly unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that phases out the use drift gillnets in the state by January 2023.

The controversial fishing gear, which can stretch a mile long and suspend 100 feet underwater, is used by fishers to target sharks and swordfish, but the nets inadvertently entangle and kill scores of other marine animals, including endangered species.

The Assembly voted 78 to 0 on Senate Bill 1017, sponsored by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica). It passed 36 to 1 in the Senate in June. It now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to sign it into law.

“So grateful to everyone for their hard work pulling together a strong bipartisan vote in support of protecting marine-life from unnecessary death with SB 1017,” Allen tweeted Thursday.

Gillnet with white perch. NOAA / Chris Doley

Should the bill become law, it would create a buy-back program that offers up to $110,000 to fishers to give up their nets, NBC Bay Area reported.

California fishers said the ban threatens their livelihood and the buyout amount is not enough for them to transition to another type of fishing.

“I don’t know what I’d do,” Mike Flynn, who has used drift gillnets to catch swordfish for the past 40 years, told the publication. “There’s very few of us left, and we don’t seem to have a chance … we’re being villainized, unjustly.”

The news site reported that some 20 fisherman actively use the gear off the California coast, down from 141 active permits at its peak in 1990, according to NOAA.

The bill’s passage comes just months after conservation group Mercy For Animals and the Ban Death Nets coalition released grisly undercover footage showing the harmful impact of driftnet fishing on marine life.

Mercy For Animals celebrated the vote and urged Gov. Brown to join other governments that have outlawed the nets. “California is the last remaining U.S. state to allow driftnets, which have already been phased out off the U.S. East Coast and banned by Oregon and Washington states, the United Nations, and countries around the world,” the group stated on their website.

World Animal Protection released a report highlighting that 640,000 metric tons of fishing nets are lost or discarded in our oceans each year, trapping and killing countless marine mammals, including endangered whales, seals and turtles. Shallow coral reef habitats also suffer further degradation from the gear, which can take up to 600 years to decompose.

Earlier this week, fishermen found roughly 300 dead sea turtles off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico. The olive ridley turtles, which Mexico classifies as being at risk of extinction, were entangled in an abandoned illegal fishing net.#turtlesbit.ly/2NzxXF8

Mexico’s office of the federal attorney for environmental protection said the turtles were found in a 393-foot long net that is not approved for fishing, according to the Associated Press.

https://www.ecowatch.com/california-bans-fishing-nets-gillnets-2600792569.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=385f9967e3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-385f9967e3-86074753

Petition · Sign & share the petition: Prevent the Imminent Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico! · Change.org

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Petition · Sign & share the petition: Prevent the Imminent Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico! · Change.org
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The vaquita is a small porpoise that can only be found in the Upper Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico. The species is listed as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is facing imminent extinction due to accidental entanglement in illegal gillnets set by poachers.

Fewer than 20 individuals of this species remain, and the population continues to decline at an alarming rate.

All efforts by the Mexican government and NGOs to counter the threat to the vaquita and reduce the rate of decline have so far been unsuccessful. Experts agree that the only way to save the species is to take immediate and decisive action: remove gillnets from the Sea of Cortez, step up efforts to enforce the existing gillnet ban and prosecute those that violate it. With a new president elected into office just days ago, it is now absolutely vital to reinforce to the Mexican government that there is no time to take a break. The vaquita will join the baiji river dolphin and go extinct under the world’s eyes if the Mexican government does not take its commitment to saving the vaquita seriously and act now. It needs to act today, as the last vaquita may drown in a gillnet tomorrow.

“The world is watching as the endangered vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez is approaching extinction. This is our very last chance to prevent the loss of a unique species that is just as important to the identity of the region of Mexico it calls home as it is to humanity and as a piece in the vast and amazing tapestry of biodiversity on this planet. We call on the Mexican government to drastically step up its efforts to take immediate, decisive and effective action to end the gillnet threat once and for all; to put much needed resources towards the strict enforcement of the existing gillnet ban and to prosecute those that violate it to the full extent of the law. Do not wait for others to solve this problem. Do not waste precious time. Every single day counts. Do not let it be your legacy that you let the only cetacean endemic to Mexico go extinct on your watch.
¡Viva la vaquita marina!”

https://www.change.org/p/sign-share-the-petition-prevent-the-imminent-extinction-of-the-vaquita-porpoise-in-mexico/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=409499&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcSmL%2bJzbRR1UQGJAsitGJDq3JkLklUcKe3RacOlVc5UQ&j=409499&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=65155510&mid=7233053&jb=965

Find out more about the vaquita:
porpoise.org/vaquita or vivavaquita.org

Download a PDF version to collect signatures in your community.

Petition: Protect Our Prairie Dogs Before They Are Gone

by: G Brocone
recipient: City of Lafayette, Colorado

111,677 SUPPORTERS – 120,000 GOAL

On July 18th, a colony of prairie dogs on city land in Lafayette, CO came under threat when a city-contracted company laid out traps for their capture and extermination. Public outcry—over the removal as well as the fact that trapped animals were left to suffer in extreme heat for hours—created enough pressure to stop the trapping, and those prairie dogs who had been captured were released. But their fate is not yet decided.

City council and city staff will decide the colony’s fate on September 4th. At this time, we do not know if the city will continue with the extermination. We believe better solutions are available and are looking to demonstrate continued public support for this colony as well as other colonies in peril.

Great horned owls, foxes, coyotes, red-tailed hawks and falcons have been known to hunt in this field. Mountain plovers, whose decline has been linked to the decline of prairie dogs, hatch their young there each year. Native wildflowers bloom here. With the importance of prairie dogs to the ecosystem and their shrinking numbers, we need to make an effort to preserve every colony we can.

We are asking the City of Lafayette for the following:

Allow this colony to remain on this land.
Increase protection for all prairie dogs in Lafayette, whether on public, city-owned or private land.
The formation of a working group of concerned citizens and advocates that can work with the city to make sure humane best practices are followed and all potential options for prairie dogs in danger are examined.
A more thorough and protective prairie dog management policy.

We have been getting support from the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States and Prairie Protection Colorado. We already have the support of one city council member. Please help us convince the rest of city council and city staff that this keystone species is worth fighting for!
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Update #3yesterday
The Water Tank Colony is out of danger for now! The city is listening to our demand for increased protection for prairie dogs and prairie ecosystems. Thank you for your support, 107,000 signatures in 8 days and still counting! Supporters speak of the importance of prairie dogs in the ecosystem, their support of predators, their complex language, the need for diverse gene pools, wildlife corridors and their love for the animals of course 🙂 We aren’t done yet, please continue to support us!
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Update #23 days ago
The city will receive your signatures in just a few hours. The compassion and caring for you have shown for the prairie dogs has been incredibly meaningful. We will know that all of you are standing behind us as we present the petition at city council tonight. Thank you, everyone, for your generous support!
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Update #18 days ago
Overwhelmed by your show of support, thank you so much! If you live nearby, please join us September 4th when we will deliver the petition and fight in person for the prairie dogs. At 5:30, the city will conduct a workshop regarding prairie dogs, public can be there, but will not be able to comment. At 6:30, there is open public comment – that is when we will deliver your comments and signatures. Again, thank you for your support! (Lafayette City Hall, 1290 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026)

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/764/215/171/protect-our-prairie-dogs-before-they-are-gone-signatures-needed-by-september-4th/

 

Petition: Demand justice for baby bear cub that was murdered in a barbaric way!, Canada

recipient: Sudbury police, Canada

23,720 SUPPORTERS in Canada
200,928 SUPPORTERS – 210,000 GOAL
A couple of police officers for the greater Sudbury area in Ontario should be dismissed after being called to a scene where a bear cub had been found laying on the side of the road by people driving past.

It seemed as though the cub been hit by a car. A witness states that they called the police. Once on scene, the police officer didn’t even give the bear a look and had stated that the bear had to be “discharged”. The police officer then proceeded to pull out their rifle, and shoot the cub not once, not twice, but five times!

The cub suffered severely after each shot, until it finally passed away in shock and agony. The Sudbury police should pay for their actions in which they took a life in such a cruel way. There are rehibilitation sanctuaries that this cub could have been brought to.

No living thing should ever suffer like this. It is absolutely barbaric, and a disgrace. How disappointing is it to us as a society, to have people be able to just eliminate a beautiful life because it is an inconvenience for them.

The witness states how they will be forever traumatized by the sound of crying and the image of the cub suffering and whaling around in pain. These police officers desevere more punishment then a slap on the wrist. Let’s stand together, because this cub had to stand alone.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/446/494/443/?z00m=30832598&redirectID=2735907372

 

Petition: People Are Snatching Nesting Sea Turtles Out of the Ocean for the Most Horrific Reason

by: Care2 Team
recipient: President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega

47,370 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL
It’s not easy being a baby sea turtle. Once you break out of your shell you have to find the ocean and hightail it to the waves, avoiding seagulls, large fish, and other predators before you even have a chance of survival.

And those are the dangers you face AFTER you hatch. In some parts of the world, they never even get a chance to peek through their shell because the locals find turtle eggs so delicious they collect them by the hundreds.

That’s what happened recently in Nicaragua’s La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. The reserve is a coveted nesting spot among female olive ridley sea turtles. They come in droves to lay their eggs in the soft sand in hopes that in a few months, they will hatch and make it back to sea. But too often that doesn’t happen, and what happened earlier this month is a tragic example.

A video that’s recently gone viral, shows several locals wading in the ocean and grabbing female turtles straight out of the water. Usually, egg hunters wait for the turtles to lay their eggs before they swoop — which is illegal itself — but, as the Daily Mail notes, the most recent “video marks [a] new level of cruelty.” The stunning footage shows the enormous turtles, flipped upside down, propped up on the poachers’ shoulders flailing helplessly before they disappear into the distance.

While the poachers just want their eggs, it’s likely that the mother turtles didn’t survive the ordeal, making this story even more tragic.

The video shows that even though egg poaching is highly illegal in Nicaragua and turtles are protected there, there is still a lot more that needs to be done. If locals can simply walk down to the beach and snatch a 50 to a hundred pound creature out of the ocean in plain sight, with no repercussions then clearly something is wrong.

Nicaragua needs to protect the turtles and their eggs especially at their most vulnerable otherwise their laws are superficial.

Please join us in demanding that Nicaraguan officials implement a beach watch and guard program to protect sea turtles during nesting season and prosecute poachers to the fullest extent of the law. Sign the petition.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/304/009/879/

 

Petition · U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Protection of red wolves in North Carolina · Change.org

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Petition · U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Protection of red wolves in North Carolina · Change.org
Bailie Proveaux started this petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 5 others

Stop the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow the public to shoot and kill Red Wolves on U.S. soil if not on the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, meaning any can be shot on private land. This proposal is to voice the general public and the residents of North Carolina’s opinion of keeping the 2006 Red Wolf Recovery Act alive in fear of possible extinction and endangerment of a necessary and incredible species.

The population of Red Wolves in the Wild has dropped to shocking numbers as the current estimate is a heart wrenching 40 in 2018. Don’t wait to do something until the only red wolves we’ve saved are the few behind closed doors and living in captivity. Red Wolves are an important part of our echo system just as any other predator is. Without these animals an overpopulation of deer and other wildlife is possible, which can also lead to problems such as disease.

Let’s make sure they can continue to live there lives on and off of the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge.

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-service-protection-of-red-wolves-in-north-carolina/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=393490&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcZoJO8qaap4jTxSHw11uftls3cxBpKaVDmi8YmY2Is3e&j=393490&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=64896972&mid=7233053&jb=1765

Petition: This Town Could Kick 400 Endangered Turtle Eggs Off Their Private Beach

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Belleair Shore town commissioners

22,265 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL

Florida is the most important nesting area for the various species of sea turtles that inhabit the United States. From loggerheads to greens and leatherback these turtles rely on the Florida beaches to survive.

Since they are all threatened or endangered you would think that most people would do all they can to help protect them. But that isn’t the case in one small Florida town who at this very moment is trying to kick turtle nests off their private beach.

In an attempt to give the this season’s sea turtle hatch a fighting chance the Clearwater Marine Aquarium relocated some 400 eggs from non-ideal beaches to a better beach within Belleair Shore.

In Florida, beaches that are rebuilt with government funds after hurricanes or other disasters are, by law, public lands. So when the affluent town of Belleair Shore was offered help, they said “no thanks!” in favor of keeping their beach private. But as David Yates, the CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium suggests, the fact that Belleaire’s beach hasn’t been rebuilt is what makes it so perfect for turtle nests.

Now the locals say the cordoned off areas on their beach which are protecting the eggs from being disturbed is an eyesore and want them gone. What’s worse, is even though the eggs are due to hatch within the next sixty days, at their next meeting, the town commissioners are considering passing an ordinance that might give the eggs the boot.

One would hope that the people of Belleaire would reconsider and vote to protect these endangered creatures rather than toss them from their private beach. But we can’t be sure. Their next meeting is slated for August 21 so it’s up to us to let them know we are watching and we want them to protect the sea turtles of Florida.

Please help by signing the petition and tell the Belleair Shore town commissioners to share their private beach and do their part to help save the sea turtle.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/816/174/525/

 

A Mother’s Cry to Justin Trudeau Please Sign the Petition

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by Keith Stewart
It’s been absolutely heartbreaking to watch (and hear).

Photograph: Michael Weiss/Hysazu Photography

For the past nine days a grieving mother orca has carried the body of her dead calf.

The calf was the first in years to be born into the endangered Salish Sea orca population, but it died within just hours. The mother Orca however refused to leave her baby behind and instead carried its body with her. She pushed it by herself for days.

When she started falling behind the rest of the pod — the pod joined her in pushing and supporting the infant’s body.

It’s a truly inspiring and heartbreaking story – watching another species mourning its loss in such a dramatic manner. It speaks to the deep love that a mother has for her child, and the importance of a community especially in a time of grieving.

Unfortunately, while we all try to deal with this immediate loss, the future of the pod is also dire.

This population of orcas is on the edge of extinction. There are only 75 Southern resident orcas left in existence. Another adolescent has already been observed as extremely emaciated and because of dwindling food supplies, and increased marine traffic, the entire population is at risk.

Add to this already bleak situation the pipeline Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just pledged to buy for $4.5 billion – the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX). TMX is a massive new tar sands pipeline that would bring a very toxic substance called bitumen from Alberta, Canada to British Columbia and right through the heart of the whales’ habitat.

Only 75 Southern Resident Orcas remain.

One of the reasons these orcas are struggling to survive is because the Chinook salmon they depend on for food are in decline. Without enough salmon to eat, the orcas are literally starving to death. They’re severely emaciated — observers can even see the ribs of some of the whales.

The TMX pipeline would cross over 1300 streams and rivers on its way to the ocean and would put this key food supply even further at risk.

If it goes ahead, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could also turn the home of the 75 remaining orcas into a tar sands tanker superhighway – bringing over 400 tankers through their critical habitat every year.

The noise from a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic may interfere with the orca’s ability to find what little food there is left to eat. It will put them at greater risk of being struck by a tanker. And a catastrophic oil spill could be the final nail in their coffin (as the Exxon Valdez spill devastated other orca pods).

These whales can’t just move on to another area. Their home is in the Salish Sea. We can’t let it be put at risk.

Justin Trudeau promised to protect these beautiful animals (in fact it’s a Federal responsibility). Buying a pipeline that would further endanger these fragile creatures and virtually ensure their demise isn’t the way to do it.

The whales are crying out for our help. Listen to their cries.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to protect the orcas and stop the pipeline bailout.

With hope,

Mike

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Petition: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Please Don’t Support Animal Cruelty

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

13,014 SUPPORTERS – 14,000 GOAL
Hey Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, we smell what you are cooking, and this time, we don’t like it.

This week, superstar The Rock took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Georgia Aquarium, a huge marine life museum that holds more than 100,000 creatures. The actor took to Instagram to share some photos of him and his family enjoying an up close and personal experience with some of the animals. His 112 million followers got to see him staring in awe at the aquarium’s whale sharks, posing next to a seal, and shaking “fins” with a beluga whale.

But this time, many of his fans weren’t pleased with what they saw. Specifically, his animal-loving fans took issue with his using his platform that reaches millions to glorify the terrible practice of marine animals like whales and seals in captivity and using them for tricks.

In an Instagram video in which he appears with Katie the seal, he says, “I am one with creatures and animals and basically anything with a heartbeat.” But people are wondering how can he support animals forced to live in permanent captivity if he really is one with them?

It’s a good question. Marine animals held in captivity rarely have an enjoyable life. They are forced to live in over-chlorinated water, do tricks for the public, live in tanks a fraction of the size of their natural habitat, and endure a life of utter boredom. Most people who love animals would rather avoid institutions like the Georgia Aquarium and SeaWorld that use cetaceans and other marine mammals for profit.

We all still love The Rock. It’s normal for people to make mistakes. But we think it is important for someone like with such a huge platform, to take a stand against the practice of animals in captivity, especially marine mammals.

That’s why Care2 is asking for The Rock to please take some time to make a public statement against animal entertainment and donate to an animal rights organization.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/517/157/994/

 

Petition: American Express, Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty. End Your Partnership With SeaWorld.

by: Care2 Team
recipient: American Express

52,072 SUPPORTERS – 55,000 GOAL

The dolphins and killer whales of SeaWorld have made the company billions of dollars. But despite their importance to the to the company’s bottom line, the treatment these animals receive is far from VIP.

SeaWorld’s captive cetaceans live an unhappy and dangerous life. Whales have been seen ripping the skin off of one another, biting each other and even demonstrating signs of severe stress.

And under their management, the company has seen the death of nearly 50 orcas, including the famous Tilikum who died in 2017. Tilikum was the focus of the documentary “Blackfish,” a film that chronicled his life, brought attention to his involvement in the deaths of three individuals and shined a spotlight on the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity.

Since Blackfish first debuted in 2013, SeaWorld has garnered massive public ridicule for the treatment of their whales but have yet to change.

Now one major company has taken a stand. When Thomas Cook — one of Europe’s largest holiday package providers — asked their customers what they cared about, their response was loud and clear: animal welfare. Over 90% of their customer base told them they cared about the treatment of animals. So they took action by announcing they will no longer sell tickets to SeaWorld in the United States and Loro Parque in Spain since they continue to “keep orcas in captivity.”

The announcement hammers one more nail in the coffin of the industry that subjects killer whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals to inhumane treatment and forces them to perform unnatural tricks.

But it’s not enough. We need more companies who facilitate SeaWorld’s business model to stop helping them make money off animal cruelty. Affecting their bottom line is the only way SeaWorld will change its practices and stop holding marine mammals in captivity.

That’s why Care2 is going big by asking American Express, the “official card of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment,” to break their partnership with the park and to stop processing their payments altogether. Please join the fight for animal rights by signing our petition.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/174/870/707/

 

Petition: Leave the Pyrenees Bears Alone!

by: Margherita B
recipient: Shepherds in Pyrenees

20,251 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL

Goiat is a brown bear who was brought to the Pyrenees in 2016 from Slovenia to help the local population grow and thrive. However, this particular bear has developed a taste for livestock and has attacked and eaten a large number of sheep, goats and horses in the last two years.

Now, livestock owners are demanding that he be removed…or worse.

This is ridiculous! Goiat was forcefully removed from his own territory and dumped in a new one, which must have been extremely traumatising. He is living in his own environment and is no danger to humans – what should happen is that the responsible owners of livestock should learn to protect their animals more efficiently with dogs, strong fences and 24 hour surveillance.

Goiat has gone through enough. Let him stay!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/828/242/310/

 

Iceland’s Minke Whales Just Got A Reprieve From Slaughter

Anti-whaling advocates are celebrating an early end to Iceland’s commercial hunt for minke whales for the year.

Despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling, Iceland, Norway and Japan have continued to senselessly slaughter

Out of this year’s self-imposed quota of 262 minke whales, only six were killed making it the lowest number to have lost their lives since the country resumed commercial whaling in 2003. It’s six too many, but the decline, along with the reasons the hunt ended early, are promising signs this industry is on its last legs.

Local media reports cited high costs, low profits and a declining interest in whale meat as reasons for such a poor hunting season. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Gunnar Jonsson, spokesperson for IP Fisheries, Iceland’s main minke whaling company, also added the enlargement of a whale sanctuary in Faxafloi Bay near the capital of Reykjavik last year.

The area has historically been an ideal hunting ground, but the expansion of the sanctuary has added to difficulties by making whalers travel much further to hunt whales outside the area, which has already made it much less economically viable.

“This is very good news for minke whales and Iceland,” said Sigursteinn Masson, Iceland Representative for IFAW. “Ending minke whaling will have a very positive impact on the far more economically viable commercial whale watching industry.”

While minke whale meat is sold in Iceland, a poll commissioned by IFAW found that only one percent of Icelanders eat it regularly, while another 82 percent said they never eat it. Tourists, on the other hand, continue to be a driving force behind the demand but interest has also declined since IFAW launched its Meet Us Don’t Eat Us campaign in 2011 to help educate people about the industry. More restaurants have also committed to taking whale meat off of their menus.

Hopefully more awareness about the issue will help drive this industry into the past where it belongs, and whale watching will take its place as a far more lucrative and sustainable business.

“IFAW will continue to campaign against whaling which is cruel, wasteful and unnecessary. IFAW’s successful campaign against minke whaling in Iceland was done with understanding and respect for Iceland and its people, and in building alliances within the country that focus on what is best for Iceland and for whales,” added Masson.

Even that minke whales are safe for the year, endangered fin whales are still being targeted, and 57 of them have already been killed, including a rare blue/fin whale hybrid, which recently sparked outrage.

For more on how to help end whaling in Iceland, check out organizations including IFAW, Sea Shepherd and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

You can also help keep the pressure on right now by signing and sharing the petition New Petition: Icelandic Whalers Have Killed an Iconic and Endangered Blue Whale. Lets Keep Going Whaling Must End! urging Iceland’s Prime Minister to end whaling once and for all.

https://www.care2.com/causes/icelands-minke-whales-just-got-a-reprieve-from-slaughter.html

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Petition: Mountain Lions Need Safe Place to Cross, Los Angeles, CA

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by: Laura G.
recipient: Malcolm Dougherty, director of the California Department of Transportation; Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Los Angeles, CAmore

4,929 SUPPORTERS in Los Angeles

118,453 SUPPORTERS – 120,000 GOAL

Mountain lions that live in Los Angeles are in danger of becoming extinct in 50 years because their isolation leaves them vulnerable to inbreeding, which causes health problems and unusual behavior. Trying to leave their territory is very risky: Since 2002, 17 mountain lions have been killed trying to cross busy freeways in the area.

Last year the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposed overseeing the design and construction of a $60 million vegetated bridge across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. It will allow mountain lions and other animals to travel from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Sierra Madre Mountains north of Los Angeles without the risk of being struck and killed by speeding cars.

However, Caltrans said, 80 percent of the cost of the bridge must be covered by corporate and private donations. To help raise those funds, the National Wildlife Federation has joined with other advocacy groups in “one of the most ambitious fundraising campaigns ever held on behalf of local wildlife,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The groups are optimistic the funds will be raised. Caltrans estimates that the bridge will be completed by 2022. But the longer it takes to build the bridge, the longer the lives of mountain lions and other animals are in danger.

Please sign and share this petition urging Caltrans to build the wildlife bridge as soon as possible.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/307/198/583/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

 

Petition: Protect Dolphins from Oil Spills

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Opening the floodgates to dirty and dangerous offshore drilling is a catastrophe waiting to happen, made all the worse by President Trump’s proposal to gut a key safety rule.

The BP oil spill was the most devastating oil spill in our nation’s history and the Well Control Rule was one of the only safety regulations implemented in the aftermath.

We cannot allow the Trump Administration to eliminate this key safety rule right when they are pushing to radically expand offshore drilling in nearly all federal waters. We need more safety, not less.

Tell the Trump Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement: Do not dismantle the Well Control Rule and risk another oil spilling catastrophe.

We need 30,000 people to speak up before the Aug. 6 deadline to stop offshore drilling – make yourself heard.

https://act.oceana.org/page/27224/action/1?locale=en-US

It’s Shark Week Take Action for Blacktip Reef Sharks

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Take Action for Blacktip Reef Sharks

The blacktip reef shark’s home around the coral reefs is being damaged by ocean acidification—which occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon and becomes acidified. Increasing acidification degrades the physical structure of these reefs, putting blacktip reef shark habitat and food supply at risk. This affects all the creatures living among the reef—not just blacktip reef sharks.

Federal research funding can help deepen our scientific understanding of this problem and enable us to respond in order to protect thousands of jobs. This expanded ocean acidification research will provide desperately needed resources to help us address one of the most widespread threats to coastal communities and the ocean today.

Please write to your members of Congress today—urging them to fully fund ocean acidification research projects.

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/27395/action/1?ea.tracking.id=18LPGCBFXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=20180723ReefSharkAdvocacy&utm_content=20180723-SharkweekAA-Prospects-Email1-18LPGCBFXX

Petition: Australia’s Shark Nets Are Killing Marine Life

by: Care2 Team
target: Malcolm Turnbull PM of Australia

Australia’s shark nets — the dubious contraptions designed to keep sharks from reaching beachgoers — are supposed to keep swimmers safe. But more than anything they kill marine life.

The cruel devices ensnare and often kill thousands of protected species like dolphins, turtles, rays, and whales. Case in point, what happened earlier this week off Australia’s Gold Coast. Rescuers found a young adolescent Humpback completely entangled in a shark net. According to the Huffington Post, “the whale was thrashing and rolling repeatedly in an effort to free itself from the net, which caused the lines to tighten around its tail and pectoral fins.”

The whale was the fourth this year to get entangled in a shark net and if it hadn’t been for rescuers, who risked their lives to free the marine mammal, it likely would have tired and drowned. The story might have a happy ending but not all are lucky enough to be saved. In fact, last year, shark nets in the state of New South Wales (NSW) alone ensnared more than 300 nontarget animals and killing half of them.

Shark nets aren’t even proven to protect the public from attacks. In NSW, for example, 65% of shark bites occur at netted beaches.

Australia’s marine life is already under attack. From the degradation and bleaching of the Great Coral Reef to the warming waters that have threatened the survival of critical species like the green sea turtles. Shark nets only make it harder for our precious marine life to survive.

The worst part is it doesn’t have to be this way. There are other methods to protect swimmers while also protecting marine life. Drone technology and using special buoys that emit sounds that scare sharks are just two of the options.

The Australian government can come up with a plan that protects marine life and humans at the same time. Please sign the petition and ask them to find a less harmful and more effective way to protect beachgoers. It’s time to remove the shark nets.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/568/480/968/

 

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Petition: Florida Can Help Save Our Coral Reefs by Banning Harmful Sunscreens

by: Care2 Team
target: Gov. Rick Scott and FL Legislature

67,705 SUPPORTERS – 70,000 GOAL
After studies showed that certain chemicals in commonly used sunscreens were destroying coral reefs, Hawaiian lawmakers took action. They voted to ban any and all sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two chemicals wreaking havoc on the health of the world’s reefs.

Hawaii is an island paradise that attracts millions of tourists a year. Many of them go for the chance to scuba and snorkel in their pristine waters and view the spectacular coral that lies just below the surface. Politicians knew that coral was a big tourist draw, and they wanted to move fast to protect it.

On the mainland, another state is equally famous for being a beach paradise. Florida is home to the Florida Reef. It is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States and is the third largest in the world. Unfortunately, the states still haven’t taken action to protect this amazing resource from the toxic chemicals used to make our sunscreens.

By ignoring the facts, they are putting a bullseye on one of their most important tourist draws and slowly, over time the huge Florida Reef could sicken and die.

Florida should join Hawaii and ban these environmentally toxic chemicals. It’s an easy fix ,and one more way to help ensure that our coral reefs will be here for a long time to come. Please sign the petition and ask Florida to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/751/229/834/?z00m=30696713&redirectID=2703814549

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Petition: Don’t Bring Back Commercial Whaling in Japan!

by: Care2 Team
target: Japanese Government

154,533 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL
Officials in Japan have just confirmed that they will be attempting to lift a ban on commercial whaling in order to begin killing whales again for profit. The official request will be made at an International Whaling Commission meeting in September.

Please sign this petition urging Japan officials to reverse course and leave the ban in place!

Japan hasn’t specified details of its proposal, including what species it hopes to target, but any efforts to bring back commercial whaling should be squashed now. It’s a brutal and bloody process that can lead to a slow and agonizing death for hunted whales. We must stand up for these gentle giants and fight any attempts to bring back the cruel and inhumane slaughter.

Sign now to join in demanding that Japan end any efforts to bring back commercial whaling now!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/945/917/187/don%E2%80%99t-bring-back-commercial-whaling-in-japan/?TAP=1732

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Senator Markey Works with Massachusetts Fishermen, Lobstermen, and Environmental Community to Support Right Whale Legislation

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Senator Booker legislation would establish a new grant program to fund collaborative research to reduce the impacts of human activities on North Atlantic right whales

Washington (July 9, 2018) – With fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales remaining, 17 confirmed deaths in 2017, and no observed calves this year, the species could become functionally extinct in twenty years if immediate action isn’t taken. In light of this crisis, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in co-sponsoring his Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act (S. 3038) after gaining the support of fishermen, lobstermen, and environmentalists in New England. The SAVE Right Whales Act establishes a new grant program to fund collaborative projects among states, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the fishing and shipping industries to reduce the impacts of human activities on North Atlantic right whales. The bill would authorize $5 million in new funding annually from 2018-2028. In April, Senator Markey led 11 of his colleagues in requesting that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conduct an urgent assessment of the impacts to the North Atlantic right whale from fisheries in Canada.

“The North Atlantic right whale is in crisis, and a unified effort along the entire extent of its range is needed to prevent the extinction of this treasured species,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “Right whales are an iconic and integral part of our marine heritage in Massachusetts. We must vow not to repeat our history, when, generations ago, the right whale was hunted to near extinction. With the support of political leaders, fishermen, lobstermen, and the environmental and conservation communities, we can help the right whale recover and flourish again in our waters.”

A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.

Other Senators co-sponsoring the legislation include Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

“The future of the right whale greatly depends on the collective efforts of scientists, researchers, managers and fishermen alike to work for the best possible result, while allowing fishermen to fish and whales to feed in the waters off of Massachusetts safely,” said Beth Casoni, Executive Director of Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association. “The establishment of this Act is imperative and the time is now, given the Unusual Morality Events of 2017. We greatly appreciate Senator Markey’s efforts to help the Massachusetts lobster industry in looking for a solution.”

“This proposed bill is a great start toward finding solutions that protect both whales and the fishing industry. It calls for science-led conservation efforts with all stakeholders working cooperatively,” said Scott Kraus, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientist of Marine Mammal Conservation at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium. “Researchers, fishermen and government officials coming together is the only way that sustainable change will happen.”

“North Atlantic right whales are in dire need of our help,” said Dr. Priscilla Brooks, Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation at Conservation Law Foundation. “This magnificent species is on the brink of extinction, with less than 450 whales remaining on the planet. We need to develop long-term solutions to protect right whales as soon as possible, and this bill is a meaningful step forward. We’re thankful for Senator Markey’s leadership on this critically important issue.”

“Our region’s lobstermen have bent over backwards to find ways to keep their lines from tangling up with whales,” said John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance. “We are committed to a vital ocean as well as commercial fishing, and we’ll do everything we can to accomplish both goals. A bill like this, if passed, would help us get there.”

“The SAVE Right Whales Act is an enormous step forward and demonstrates the United State’ commitment to saving this critically endangered species. IFAW applauds Senator Markey’s decision to co-sponsor this bill, his steadfast leadership on this issue, and for creating the opportunity to further expand existing conservation efforts,” said Azzedine Downes, President & CEO of International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Organizations endorsing the legislation include the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Conservation Law Foundation, New England Aquarium, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Oceana.

https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-works-with-massachusetts-fishermen-lobstermen-and-environmental-community-to-support-right-whale-legislation

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Celebrate National Pollinators Week By Protecting These Endangered Species

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Olivia Rosane
As summer enters into full bloom, it’s time to celebrate all the birds, bees and bugs that make the fruits and flowers possible. From June 18 to 24, Pollinator Partnership (P2) is celebrating National Pollinator Week, which was designated by the U.S. Senate 11 years ago and has grown into an international event.

Pollinators are birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bats and other small mammals that help plants reproduce by moving pollen grains from the male to female part of a plant. Plants can also self-pollinate or be pollinated by the wind, but one third of every bite of food we eat is thanks to animal pollinators, P2 reports.

You can support pollinators by creating a habitat for them in your yard, planting native or non-invasive plant species and avoiding pesticides, among other actions.

Here are some unique pollinators listed as endangered species in the U.S. to celebrate and protect this National Pollinators Week.

  1. Mexican Long-Nosed Bat (Leptonycteris nivalis)

A Mexican long-nosed batUSFWS

While fellow agave-pollinator the lesser long-nosed bat was removed from the endangered species list this spring, the population of the Mexican long-nosed bat is still declining. These bats spend the winter in Mexico’s Central Valley feeding on a variety of flowers. In the spring, mother bats and their babies move north, some of them crossing the border into Texas and New Mexico to feed on agave and cacti. They then follow late-blooming agave south again in the fall, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

According to a Center for Biological Diversity report, the bat is one of 93 endangered, threatened or candidate species likely to be harmed by President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, and its migration patterns serve as a reminder that borders are artificial, not natural, barriers. In addition to opposing the border wall, if you live in Texas or New Mexico, you can support the Mexican long-nosed bat by avoiding entering caves or other potential roosting sites where bats may be resting, refraining from cutting plants the bats may depend upon and planting agave in your yard, Texas Parks and Wildlife advises.

  1. ‘Ākohekohe (Palmeria dolei)

The ‘ĀkohekoheEric VanderWerf / USFWS

The ‘Ākohekohe, or crested honeycreeper in English, is the largest bird of its type on the island of Maui. It used to have a range of 485 square miles on both Maui and Moloka’i but now just inhabits five percent of its historic territory, living mostly on the Haleakala volcano. It pollinates the ōhia plant, which is also its main food source, according to its U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) page.

Long threatened by deforestation and invasive species, the ‘Ākohekohe is now further at risk as climate change expands the range of malaria-carrying mosquitoes into Maui’s mountains, the Audubon Society reported in 2015. Scientists are working to reduce the mosquito population by removing larvae and introducing sterilized mosquitoes.

  1. Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

The rusty patched bumble beeSusan Carpenter; University of Wisconsin – Madison Arboretum / USFWS

In 2017, the rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed under the Endangered Species Act, Reuters reported. The species has declined by 87 percent in the last 20 years, according to its USFWS page. The USFWS blames disease, climate change, pesticides, habitat loss and intensive agriculture.

The USFWS also provides tips for backyard conservationists. It is important to plant a range of native, flowering plants that bloom from April through October. Here is a list of species the bees have been known to favor. Avoiding pesticides is also crucial. Because bees and other pollinators need safe places to nest and winter, the USFWS further recommends leaving part of your yard unmowed during the summer and some leaves unraked during the fall.

  1. The Karner Blue Butterfly (Lyceaides melissa samuelis)

A male Karner blue butterflyPaul Labus / USFWS

The Karner blue butterfly depends on specialized habitats in the Midwestern and Northeastern U.S. where wild blue lupine bloom, since Karner blue caterpillars only feed on wild blue lupine leaves, according to the species’ USFWS page. Wild blue lupine grow in the sandy parts of pine barrens, oak savannas and lakeshore dunes and usually require fires or other disturbances to open sunny spots for them.

As fire suppression and general habitat destruction have increased, patches of wild blue lupine have decreased and with them the Karner blue butterfly’s habitat. More butterflies now live in Michigan and Wisconsin, where the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides a haven. The USFWS is working to reintroduce the butterflies and their unique habitat in Ohio, New Hampshire and Indiana since habitats that support lupines and butterflies also support other rare species like frosted elfin (
Incisalia iris

), phlox moth
(Schinia indiana),

persius dusky wing (
Erynnis persius

), prairie fameflower
(Talinum rugospermum

) and the western slender glass lizard
(Ophisaurus attenuatus).

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Breaking! The Big Cat Public Safety Act Is Re-Introduced To U.S. Senate; Bill Prohibits Private Individuals, Breeders & Questionable Exhibitors From Possessing Big Cats – World Animal News

Breaking! The Big Cat Public Safety Act Is Re-Introduced To U.S. Senate; Bill Prohibits Private Individuals, Breeders & Questionable Exhibitors From Possessing Big Cats
By Lauren Lewis –
June 7, 2018

A federal bill that aims to end the private possession of big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas as pets, as well as to stop cub petting and limit exhibitors to those who do not repeatedly violate the law, has been re-introduced in the United States Senate.
Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut supported the re-introduction of the latest version of the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR1818, which was originally introduced to the House in March 2017 by Rep. Jeff Denham.
Recent national headlines have documented public outrage at the inhumane display of a tiger at a high school prom in Miami, Florida, alarm as federal agents discovered a tiger cub in a duffel bag at the U.S. Mexico border, and confusion when a young tiger was spotted roaming a Texas neighborhood.
Such examples underscore the public’s growing concern about the treatment of big cats­­ and the sponsors of the Big Cat Public Safety Act have made it clear that they are listening.
By reintroducing the BCPSA, senators from six states across the nation are joining more than 130 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives in calling for an end to the unregulated trade and nationwide abuse of captive big cats.
“This common-sense bill is an urgently needed answer to the problem of big cats kept in unsafe and abusive situations around the country,” Prashant Khetan, CEO and general counsel of Born Free USA, one of the numerous animal welfare organizations that are supporting this bill, said in a statement. “Thousands of big cats are currently owned as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos and menageries, which pose a severe risk to the safety of people in surrounding communities, as well as the welfare of the cats themselves. It’s about time that we had a federal law that can serve to stop this inhumane practice around the country.”
The bill, if enacted, would keep dangerous big cats out of the hands of private individuals, breeders and exhibitors with egregious, ongoing Animal Welfare Act citations, and unscrupulous menageries that have historically taken advantage of loopholes to circumvent existing restrictions. The BCPSA would close these loopholes while providing exemptions for qualified wildlife sanctuaries and exhibitors licensed by the US Department of Agriculture that meet basic standards intended to protect the public and animals.
“Relying on accredited sanctuaries to take in unwanted and usually neglected big cats is not a viable solution to the big cat crisis in this country,” said Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. “When big cats are wrongly kept as pets or cruelly exploited in entertainment businesses, they often endure tremendous suffering for years in deplorable conditions with inadequate nutrition, and little, if any, veterinary care. Then, when the owners no longer want the cats or they are seized by the authorities, the substantial financial burden to house, feed, and provide long-term vet care for these big cats falls upon sanctuaries. The Big Cat Public Safety Act will finally address the inhumane treatment of the vast majority of big cats in America.”
Baskin noted that it costs Big Cat Rescue $10,000.00 per year for food and vet care for one tiger.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-the-big-cat-public-safety-act-is-re-introduced-to-u-s-senate-bill-prohibits-private-individuals-breeders-questionable-exhibitors-from-possessing-big-cats/

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Petition: Help Save Vulnerable Whale Sharks – Protect their Gulf of Mexico Habitat

by: Care2 Team
target: Dr. Timothy Gallaudet, Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA), Commerce Department

72,890 SUPPORTERS – 75,000 GOAL

The video is tragic and heartbreaking. An enormous whale shark hoisted onto the side of a vessel by commercial fishermen in Thailand. Unfortunately, the whale wasn’t freed in time to survive. Even worse, the whale shark was reportedly seen giving birth while hanging off the side of the ship, and the baby died as well. We must do more to protect these amazing animals.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, and gentle filter-feeders. Due to their slow moving, wide-ranging nature, the species is incredibly vulnerable to extinction.

Scientists understand very little about the species, but some think they are a world-wide population, not subdivided by regions. If so, that means what happens in Thailand, affects the whale sharks well-known to feed in specific areas in the Gulf of Mexico, and vice versa.

Help defend whale sharks across the globe by demanding their known habitat is protected from fishing and other damaging activities, such as oil and gas exploration. Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering expanding marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, the proposal they are currently supporting excludes the most important whale shark habitat identified in the Gulf, a coral area off the coast of Louisiana known as Ewing Bank.

Urge NOAA to move forward with expanding the Flower Garden Banks, and protect as much marine wildlife habitat as possible, including Ewing Bank.

The oil and gas industry is pushing hard against any expansion of the marine sanctuary, as they don’t want to give up even an acre of potential oil drilling or development. It’s urgent that you sign & share the petition to expand the sanctuary to protect whale sharks and other marine wildlife.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/

To see the tragic whale shark video, click https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/.

To find out more about NOAA’s marine sanctuary expansion project, click https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/.

 

Petition:Stop shark finning in Florida! · Change.org

Christopher Richardson started this petition to Florida State House

Recently the Miami Herald published a investigative report on the port of Miami being the largest port of landing of shark fins in the United States. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article210157954.html

Sharks are a apexs predator that are essential to the health of the oceans and indeed are also exceptionally valuable to tourism in Florida. You can learn more about the practice of shark finning and why it is so horrible with a simple google search.

This is unacceptable and must stop.

We the undersigned are divers and tourists who visit Florida to dive and experience the beautiful and exceptional outdoor and underwater experience that Florida offers.

Knowing that Florida is allowing this internationally condemned practice to be conducted legally is forcing us to reconsider visiting Florida as our playground.

We ask you to take a strong stand and pass legislation to stop the trade in shark fins in Florida

https://www.change.org/p/florida-state-house-stop-shark-finning-in-florida

Petition: Alia the Dolphin Died Young in Captivity – Save Her 6 Friends!

by: Care2 Team
target: Dolphinaris Arizona

84,488 SUPPORTERS – 85,000 GOAL
Alia was a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin living a sad life in captivity at Dolphinaris Arizona when she tragically died. The dolphinarium has not released the cause of death but we know that captivity is horrible for these intelligent, fun animals. Six other dolphins are still there and at risk.

Sign the petition to urge Dolphinaris Arizona to do the right thing and release the remaining six dolphins to a sanctuary where they can live out their days in a happy, natural habitat.

Bottlenose dolphins normally live at least 40 years so it’s not a stretch to imagine some kind of death due to living in captivity. In fact, Alia is the second dolphin to die there in the last year – Bodie was only 7 years old when he died last year. Dolphins are not meant to live as human entertainment.

One huge fear for having dolphins in Arizona is the risk of them contracting a deadly fungal disease called Valley Fever, especially because the stress of living in captivity weakens their immune systems.

According to Care2 writer Alicia Graef, “Dolphins aren’t cute little playthings, performers or ambassadors; they’re highly intelligent, social, far-ranging predators. Sadly they are continuously treated like commodities by the captivity industry, who are taken from the wild, bred in captivity and shipped around with little regard to their wellbeing. Ultimately, they spend their entire lives being deprived of everything that would enable them to truly thrive.”

Sign the petition to help free Alia and Bodie’s six dolphin friends!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/321/593/820/