Citizens are calling for the mass killing of mountain lions after a female hiker was killed by one of these powerful felines. Such attacks are rare and do not warrant slaughtering native wildlife. Sign this petition to demand non-lethal solutions that allow people and wild cats to coexist.
The Interior and Commerce Departments recently proposed fundamental changes to the landmark Endangered Species Act regulations. This is the biggest threat to these rules and the at-risk marine life that depend on the Endangered Species Act in decades. If implemented as proposed, this regulatory overhaul will put Southern sea otters, loggerhead sea turtles, Florida manatees, and other at-risk species in even greater peril.
That’s why we need 30,000 Wavemakers to flood the Federal Register with comments on the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act regulations to show that we won’t stand back and sacrifice endangered species to benefit of special interests.
Tell President Trump: Don’t weaken the protections for threatened and endangered species.
Dear Secretary Zinke and Secretary Ross,
The Endangered Species Act is a landmark piece of legislation that was passed by Congress with significant bipartisan support and signed by President Nixon in 1973. Widespread consensus regarding the incredible importance of protecting vulnerable species continues to this day. As of 2018, the vast majority of Americans support the Endangered Species Act. Since passage of the law, over a thousand plant and animal species have been protected. Now is not the time to remove these vital protections for threatened and endangered species by weakening the regulations. Without these important protections, incredible endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale and certain salmon species could be more rapidly driven towards extinction. Furthermore, threatened species, such as the Southern Sea Otter, which is currently recovering under protection of the Endangered Species Act, would lose important safeguards, potentially leading to their decline.
Some of the proposed regulatory changes would fundamentally change the spirit of the Endangered Species Act regulations by reducing protections for the species that most need help to recover. For example, an essential component of the law is that there may be no economic considerations in the listing process; however, the proposed changes to the regulations allow economic considerations to be included when deciding whether to list a species as either “threatened” or “endangered.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to eliminate the rule automatically extending certain Endangered Species Act protections to threatened species. Rather than rescind this longstanding rule, which would weaken prohibitions on killing, harassing or harming threatened species, the Fish and Wildlife Service should maintain the rule. Furthermore, the National Marine Fisheries Service should adopt the rule. Coordination along these lines will protect threatened species and prevent them from becoming endangered.
The proposed changes make it more difficult to protect species impacted by climate change. By carving out climate change threats to critical habitat and narrowing the definition of the “foreseeable future,” the Services are able to ignore climate change impacts on species, including warming temperatures sea level rise, melting glaciers and reduced snowpack.
In addition to critical habitat, unoccupied habitat can be essential to the conservation of species. The proposed changes also make it harder to designate unoccupied critical habitat for protected species, which often need room to roam and adapt to changes.
To determine whether a species is in “jeopardy” under the Endangered Species Act, a crucial starting point is to determine the level of peril a species already faces prior to any proposed agency action that may cause even greater harm to a species. Under the proposed changes, however, “there is no ‘baseline jeopardy’ status even for the most imperiled species,” a position which runs counter to federal court rulings. Federal courts have also required consideration of the “tipping point” beyond which a species could not recover. Neither of these important analyses would be required under the proposed changes to the regulations, thereby obscuring the effects of an agency’s action upon the overall recovery potential of the species.
The proposed regulatory changes make it easier for the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to delist a species, thereby eliminating protections for recovering species. The Services will be able to delist a species without demonstrating that the recovery plan criteria were met. So, a vulnerable species could be delisted even if it has not fully recovered.
Finally, the proposed changes to the rules would weaken the consultation process, a key aspect of the way the Endangered Species Act is implemented, requiring federal agencies to consult with the experts in the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. The range of agency actions that must undergo consultation is unduly narrowed, and deadlines are proposed that would pressure the Services to make hasty decisions regarding the protection of species.
I stand in strong opposition to these proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act regulations. Please do not weaken protections for threatened and endangered species.
By WAN –
August 7, 2018
A shocking report has come to light after 50 global experts in primate conservation evaluated the status of Lemurs.
Of the planet’s 111 known lemur species and subspecies, the disheartening results indicated that 105 might qualify as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable to extinction in the wild; making them the most endangered mammal on the planet.
As per the report, the primates that are unique to the island of Madagascar have been threatened due to habitat loss from agriculture, illegal logging, charcoal production and mining. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, besides habitat loss, hunting the animals for food, and capturing them as pets, has emerged as a new threat as well.
“This is, without a doubt, the highest percentage of threat for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates,” said Russ Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer for Global Wildlife Conservation and chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Primate Specialist Group (PSG) said in a statement. “This assessment not only highlights the very high extinction risk Madagascar’s unique lemurs face, but it is indicative of the grave threats to Madagascar’s biodiversity as a whole. Madagascar’s unique and wonderful species are its greatest asset, its most distinctive brand and the basis for a major ecotourism industry.”
The updated assessments resulting from the recent PSG-led workshop will require further validation through a review process, but provisionally find that primate experts consider a staggering 38 lemur species to be critically endangered, 44 endangered and 23 vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. This represents an increase of 12 threatened species from the last workshop conducted back in 2012.
Among the most spectacular species of lemurs up-listed from endangered to critically endangered in the assessment is the Indri, the largest of the living lemurs and a species of symbolic value comparable to that of China’s giant panda.
Another striking lemur is the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur, one of the few primate species other than humans that has blue eyes. Probably the rarest lemur is the northern sportive lemur, also critically endangered, of which there are only about 50 known individuals left. All nine species of the sifakas subspecies have also now been listed as critically endangered.
The IUCN SSC Lemur Red List and Conservation Planning Workshop included more than 50 experts from the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Madagascar.
All of these experts are working together to implement a major action plan for lemur conservation to update a very successful plan published in 2013 using information from the July workshop. That plan succeeded in raising more than $8 million for lemur conservation, which is now being disbursed to dozens of conservation projects around the world.
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by: Judy Molland
target: Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
23,841 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced that it has begun reviewing the status of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act and will publish a proposal revising the wolf’s status “by the end of the calendar year.”
Translation: gray wolves, by far the most populous wolves in the U.S., will probably lose their protected status and be at the mercy of hunters and trappers.
This is terrible news for the environment. Wolves need further recovery before their protections can be removed, but the Trump administration would prefer to let their cronies kill these wonderful animals.
Please sign my petition, asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to remove protections from gray wolves.
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Heartbreaking Truth: Countless marine species are in real, grave danger of becoming extinct.
Could you imagine a world where children only read about whales and sea turtles in science books on natural history, aligning them with such long-gone species as the dinosaurs?
We can’t either, and luckily, that’s where the Endangered Species Act (ESA) comes in.
The Endangered Species Act is critical to keeping our nation’s most threatened marine wildlife safe from harm. But now, there are talks that the law’s very existence could be at stake. Write to your Members of Congress today and let them know you support the critical protections the ESA provides for our ocean’s most vulnerable animals.
Take action today and let them know you mean business: the ESA has got to stay. Far too many species, from innocent baby turtles to whales and more, depend on it for their ultimate survival. Let’s make sure our children, and our children’s children, are all able to see an ocean as filled with vibrant wildlife as so many people seem to take for granted today.
Will you speak up for the ESA?
Take action…our ocean is counting on you.
Breaking News! Rare Taiwanese Humpback Dolphins Are Now Protected Under The U.S. Endangered Species Act
By WAN – May 9, 2018
Photo by Claryana Araújo, CetAsia Research Group.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has protected rare Taiwanese humpback dolphins, listing the species as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act.
The decision comes in response to a March 2016 petition from the Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, and WildEarth Guardians seeking U.S. protections to help prevent the extinction of a population that now numbers fewer than 100 individuals.
“These rare dolphins deserve every possible chance to escape extinction, and we are thrilled that the National Marine Fisheries Service has stepped up and given them the protections of the Endangered Species Act,” said Taylor Jones, endangered species advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “A myriad of dolphin species are at risk due to human activities, and we owe these intelligent creatures the best protections we can give them.”
Taiwanese humpback dolphins are threatened by gillnet fishing, pollution, boat traffic, and development along Taiwan’s densely populated west coast, including the proposed construction of large wind farms. An endangered listing will enable the United States to provide technical expertise and resources to support Taiwan in conserving the rare dolphin.
“This is good news that will help these rare dolphins avoid extinction. International cooperation is the key to saving certain critically endangered species,” Abel Valdivia, an ocean scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity also said in a statement. “Now that U.S. officials have made the right call on this listing, they should immediately start working with Taiwan on a recovery plan. The Endangered Species Act is a powerful tool that can still save the Taiwanese humpback dolphin and other small cetaceans struggling to survive.”
The Taiwanese humpback dolphin, also known as the Taiwanese white dolphin, is a biologically and culturally important subspecies of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. In 2014 the service denied a previous petition to protect the Taiwanese humpback dolphin, concluding that the population was not distinct from the Chinese white dolphin, which swims in deeper waters closer to China’s coastline. New taxonomy studies, however, conclude that the Taiwanese humpback dolphin is a distinct subspecies with unique characteristics, whose numbers continue to decline to alarmingly low levels.
“This is a major victory for the Taiwanese dolphin,” said Tara Zuardo, Animal Welfare Institute senior wildlife attorney. “The Endangered Species Act will help enable the United States to provide the resources needed to help protect and conserve this imperiled population. We are grateful that the National Marine Fisheries Service recognized the need to take immediate action.”
An estimated 50% to 80% of all life on Earth is found in the oceans. More than half of marine species may be at risk of extinction by 2100 without significant conservation efforts. Despite this grave situation, the United States largely fails to protect marine species under the Endangered Species Act.
The Endangered Species Act is an effective safety net for imperiled species: It has prevented extinction for more than 90 percent of plants and animals under its care. Scientists estimate that 227 species would have gone extinct by 2006 if not for the Act’s protections. Protecting species with global distributions can help focus U.S. resources toward enforcement of international regulations and recovery of the species.
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A rare turtle known for sporting green algae as ‘hair’ is one of the world’s most endangered reptiles. Sign the petition to demand protections to save this unique creature.
by: Care2 Team
target: Australian government
4,330 SUPPORTERS 10,000 GOAL
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) just released a new list of the most vulnerable reptile species, and one species from the list quickly stole the hearts of people all over the world: a green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals.
Unfortunately, Australia has no plan in place to protect this awesome turtle from extinction. Sign now to urge the government to protect the Mary river turtle now!
The Mary river turtle is a truly unique species for many reasons. The elusive turtle is one of Australia’s largest turtles and is only found in the Mary river in Queensland. It can stay underwater for up to three days, using specialized glands in its posterior to breathe.
The turtles’ green, spiky hair isn’t their only unique physical feature – they also have two spikes on their chin, giving them an extra cool, punk rock look! These turtles are so interesting, it’d be a real shame for them to disappear!
Please sign this petition urging the Australian government to protect the Mary river turtle now!
by: Emily Zak
target: Samoan government
31,306 SUPPORTERS 35,000 GOAL
When Samoans mention the manumea, their voices hush in awe. They’ve called the bird “the princess of the forest,” says biologist Rebecca Stirnemann to Mongabay.
But the Pacific Islands nation’s national bird is nearly extinction. Fewer than 250 exist.
Sign this petition to ask the Somoan government to crack down on pigeon hunting to protect the little dodo.
As the closest living relative to the dodo, the manumea is dying as hunters accidentally shoot it while pigeon hunting.
About 1 in 3 hunter in one area have inadvertently killed them. Samoans eating pigeons—often the island’s richest—help drive the little dodo’s demise.
As Stirnemann tells The Guardian, “People often think that forest meat is consumed by poor people who have to hunt in the forest to survive. But across the world patterns…are emerging that rich people are driving wildlife trade. They are often unaware of the impacts they are having since they often do not enter the forest.”
Samoa has banned the pigeon trade for more than two decades. Sign this petition to ask the Somoan government to crack down on pigeon hunting to protect the little dodo.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Lionel Walter Rothschild
by: Judy Molland
target: U.K.’s DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27,627 SUPPORTERS 30,000 GOAL
Two badgers who starred in a wildly popular BBC show could be slaughtered by marksmen currently carrying out a badger cull in England’s county of Somerset.
Bumblebee and Gnat are orphaned badgers who were taken in to a rescue center in the south west of England, and ultimately starred in “Hugh’s Wild West,” a show watched by millions and presented by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
At the end of the show, the two adorable badgers were released back into the wild, always the goal of the rescue center.
But Somerset, the site of their release, has now become one of the counties where badger culls are being carried out: that’s because, according to government officials, badgers are responsible for infecting cows with TB and therefore must be killed.
Please sign my petition demanding an end to these cruel and ineffective badger culls.
Scientists and animal rights activists disagree and see little or no evidence to support the use of culls.
Almost 20,000 badgers were killed in 2017, a big jump from the 10,000 that died in 2016. The culls were largely in the southwest of England with the county of Devon having six culls, and Somerset having three each.
But killing those cute badgers doesn’t seem to have affected the rate of bovine tuberculosis (bTB): The number of badgers culled rose from 615 animals in 2014 to almost 20,000 in 2017, but the number of cattle who died as a result of bTB increased from 27,474 to 42,000 as the disease continued to spread.
Please sign my petition demanding an end to these cruel and ineffective badger culls.
by: Care2 Team
target: Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio
24,798 SUPPORTERS 25,000 GOAL
The greater glider of Australia has big black eyes, adorable fluffy fur, and huge ears. In short, it is ridiculously cute.
But most of us have never even seen one. Part of the reason is that the gliding marsupial is increasingly rare and has even been added to the country’s list of federally threatened species.
But besides adding it to its threats database, what is Australia doing to save it? Well, according to a recent report, very little.
Scientists and conservations recently discovered that the Strathbogie forest in north-east Victoria has one of the highest concentrations of greater gliders left in all of Australia. Yet despite this, the Victorian forest agency, — VicForests — is going ahead with a logging campaign that threatens to topple the greater gliders’ last stronghold.
Victoria’s own state government has advised against the logging in the area since the species is “in a demonstrable rate of decline which is likely to result in extinction.”
But still, the logging persists.
This is unacceptable. VicForests must halt all logging in the Strathbogies. Every time another tree falls, part of the greater gliders’ last remaining refuge disappears and if it continues so will they.
Please sign the petition and ask Victoria’s minister for energy, environment and climate change, Lily D’Ambrosio, to stop the logging and protect the greater glider.
Please ask your members of Congress to oppose anti-wolf or other anti-endangered specie riders on the Interior Appropriations Bill.
By Jessica Meszaros • Jan 3, 2018
The Panama City crayfish is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website as a “Species of Special Concern.” Now the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service proposes it be a federally protected species.
Federal wildlife officials proposed Tuesday to protect a crayfish only found in Bay County under the Endangered Species Act.
The Panama City crayfish is only about 2 inches long, it’s tan-colored and has red dots on its head. There are only 13 populations found in Bay County with less than 100 crustaceans in each habitat.
Tierra Curry, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, says all the Panama City crayfish historically lived together in wetlands of the Pine Flatwood Forest, but then they were separated as the land was developed.
“The crayfish have been pushed into these little habitats like ditches and swells,” she says.
Curry says these crustaceans are important for multiple reasons. They create burrows that other species use, like insects and frogs. The crustaceans are also part of the food web— fish, birds and mammals eat them. And they’re herbivores that eat decaying vegetation in the water, essentially cleaning it.
“So protecting crayfish ultimately protects clean water for people,” says Curry.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed classifying the crayfish as a protected endangered species. Curry says there will now be a public comment period, then scientists will weigh-in, and then she expects the Panama City crayfish to be federally protected in about a year.
UPDATE: The source for this story referred the the Panama City crayfish as a “fish,” but it’s actually a “crustacean.”
The Trump Administration and the US fish and wildlife service were busy reinterpreting the federal law to remove vital protections from over a 1,000 species protected under the Migrating Bird Treaty Act. Under the changes, the administration will no longer prosecute companies who oil pits, power lines, and wind turbines incidentally kill birds protected under the Act.
The Republican Senate aims to destroy North Carolina’s remaining Red Wolf population. The species has been under government protection for the past 30 years, but their numbers are still critically low, only around 45 to 60 wolves remain. Now, Republicans want to terminate their protection under the reasoning that the species “has failed to meet population goals” and is “inconveniencing” land owners and other species.
Samatran Rhino,is one of the rarest Rhino species in the world with fewer than 100 living in the wild. They can only be found in a few spots dense forests in the Indonesia, Malaysia and possibly even Myanmar.
Republicans in Congress are trying to repeal a law that protects endangered wildlife from conflict mineral mining. Sign this petition to demand Congress protect wildlife like the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla, rather than encourage its destruction just for increased corporate profits.
Beautiful neotropical parrots are facing endangerment due to habitat loss and the exotic pet trade. If this continues, they could soon find themselves at the same level of near-extinction as species such as the whale and the rhino. Sign this petition to demand these birds be protected before things get out of hand.
A freshwater species only found in Washington, D.C. is facing extinction because the Trump Administration refuses to protect it. Sign the petition and demand that the administration side with science and protect the species.
Republican senators may kill hundreds of endangered animals and plants by delegating the Endangered Species List to the states. Sign the petition and demand they not restrict the Endangered Species Act. The future of our environment is a national issue we must all care about, not an issue for the states.
The American Pika, a close relative to the rabbit, has disappeared from major portions of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Scientists have identified climate change as the driving factor in this mammal’s disappearance. Sign this petition to demand we take action to fight climate change and save wildlife before it is too late.
Aardvarks in a South African desert may go extinct soon due to climate change, and as a result will render many other species of wildlife helpless and slated to die out. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection of these animals and more efforts to fight climate change.