Center for Biological Diversity
Our Mission: Saving Life on Earth At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Started 9 petitions
Shut Down Wildlife Services' Killing Machine
America's deadliest government program, USDA’s Wildlife Services, slaughters a staggering amount of wildlife. Even endangered species and pets are sometimes caught in their death traps -- so-called collateral damage. The rogue agency last year killed nearly 1.5 million native animals last year, among them 357 gray wolves, 338 black bears, 1,002 bobcats, 375 mountain lions, 3,349 foxes, 22,521 beavers and 68,186 coyotes — mostly at the behest of the agriculture industry. We can't and won't let this war on animals continue. Please sign our petition to let [TK] know this killing operation must end. Wildlife Services doesn’t just kill millions of animals, it uses cruel methods to do so: body-crushing traps, poison and aerial gunning. The feds need to get out of the wildlife-slaughter business. There's no scientific basis for continuing to shoot, poison and strangle millions of wild creatures. Populations of wildlife are plummeting across the planet, putting us on the precipice of an extinction crisis that could kill off a million species. Humans are becoming more alone on the Earth every day. We can't tolerate the purposeful, mass killing of wildlife. Our government needs to end this appalling extermination regime. Sign our petition today.
Tell the EPA: Don’t Let Big Plastic Trash our Oceans
The world’s oceans are already drowning in plastic trash. And instead of working to stem the tide of pollution, plastic manufacturers want to dramatically increase U.S. plastic production over the next decade. From the deepest sea trenches to the most remote oceanic islands, plastic pollution has made its way there; suffocating sea turtles, starving seabirds, and wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. On top of that, the facilities producing all the plastic are poisoning communities – like the African American neighborhoods in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ - with deadly carcinogens including dioxin, phthalates and benzene. If we’re going to win the battle against the plastic pollution crisis, and the environmental racism at the heart of it, we have to fight it at the source. So we’re demanding the EPA do its job and stop industry from trashing our oceans and polluting frontline communities as it moves to dramatically expand U.S. plastic production. Add your name today to our petition demanding the EPA protect vulnerable communities and marine wildlife from plastic pollution. ====================== Petition Text: Dear Environmental Protection Agency, I'm writing to urge the EPA to adopt new rules for plastic manufacturing facilities to better track and ultimately limit the pollution that's being dumped into our air and water. Plastic has been accumulating in our oceans for decades, with an estimated 8 million tons added every year. And under current permits, the facilities producing all the plastic — including plants in low-income areas along the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia — are poisoning communities with deadly carcinogens. This is unacceptable. The EPA needs to greatly increase monitoring and enforcement and outright ban the discharge of benzene, dioxin, phthalates, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — all of which are extremely harmful to human health and marine life. Right now the plastic industry plans to increase North American plastic production by at least 35 percent by 2025. So now's the time to fix these outdated rules. The current guidelines and standards to limit plastic pollution were developed decades ago and don't account for the latest science and technology, as the Clean Water Act requires. Specifically I ask that you take the following four actions to protect people and wildlife from pollution by these petrochemical plants: 1) Prohibit the discharge of plastic pellets and all other plastic materials in stormwater and wastewater; 2) Update effluent limitation guidelines for new facilities to eliminate the discharge of all toxic pollutants; 3) Revise the list of chemicals considered as pollutants to reflect current science; and 4) Update the pollution-control requirements for all petrochemical facilities to reflect advances in monitoring and treatment technologies since the last revisions decades ago. I'm counting on you to protect our communities and wildlife from plastic pollution.
Keep Gray Wolves Safe From Slaughter
This is it. Trump's declared a nationwide war on wolves. He's pulling the plug on saving America's wolves. His plan will strip Endangered Species Act protection from nearly every wolf in the lower 48. Here's what will happen next: We'll return to the days when wolves were shot on sight, crushed in steel traps and poisoned with their families in their dens. Thousands of wolves will die. And more than four decades of work to save these iconic animals will come to a screeching, bloody halt. It's unacceptable, and we must stand up against it. Across the country these smart, social animals are still just getting a toehold on survival after being driven to the brink of extinction. Only a single known wolf pack lives wild in all of California, where packs once roamed free. In the few places where wolves exist today they still face persecution. States beholden to special interests are eager to let them be hunted, trapped and poisoned with the same kind of violence that nearly drove them extinct more than a century ago. Remember what happened after Trump ended protection for Yellowstone's grizzly bears. The state of Wyoming quickly launched a plan to let trophy hunters shoot more than 20 bears that wandered out of the national park. Thankfully the Center for Biological Diversity and wildlife activists like you stopped the grizzly hunt. We have to do the same for Trump's plan for our wolves — or we risk putting this beloved species on the path toward extinction once again.
Say No to Trump’s Hateful Wall
Trump is holding the country hostage to build his border wall. It’s more than a temper tantrum. If he gets his way, Trump’s wall will shatter border communities, perpetuate human suffering, kill endangered species and trash America's commitment to democracy and equality. There’s so much at stake right now, we have to stand tall and stand together. Wildlife – wolves, jaguars, bears and more – will pay a terrible price if the wall is built. In fact, more than 90 endangered or threatened species would be threatened by construction of the wall along the 2,000-mile border. The wall will shear their habitat in half and condemn dozens of endangered species to die as they try to follow the ancient migratory pathways that have sustained them for thousands of years. We won’t let this stand. The Center for Biological Diversity’s attorneys, activists and scientists are kicking into high gear to fight Trump’s political maneuvering to ram a border wall down our throats. With your help, we will prevail. Join the Center for Biological Diversity’s resistance — sign our petition to stop Trump’s cruel, destructive wall.
Keep Wildlife Safe From Cyanide Traps
M-44s are vicious killers. These small metal cylinders are full of cyanide and covered in a sweet scent to attract wildlife. And with a little tug, a deadly dose of poison shoots out, sending the victim into a slow, agonizing death. Last year they killed more than 13,000 animals, including coyotes, foxes, and even pets. It's one of the most barbaric methods in the government's war on wildlife — and yet Trump's EPA has just refused to ban it. Help us protect wildlife from these killing devices by signing the petition to get them banned. M-44s are indiscriminate. Not only have wolves died from them, but the devices have also "inadvertently" killed grizzlies, bobcats, foxes, black bears and eagles. Last year M-44s temporarily blinded a child and killed three family dogs in Idaho and Wyoming. Trump's EPA could have stepped in but has shirked its duty to protect people and wildlife. If we're going to stop this madness, we'll need to redouble our efforts to ban the use of M-44s once and for all. With your help, we can protect wildlife, pets, and people from these cyanide traps. Please stand up against M-44s by signing our petition. (Photo of "Spitfire" by Deby Dixon)
Stop Killing Washington State’s Wolves
Washington state is going on a killing-spree of endangered wolves, and it must be stopped. Over Labor Day weekend, a helicopter sniper gunned down the sole adult male wolf of the Togo pack. He was the devoted father to two pups seen in the video above. In a sick twist, the state admitted that killing him could force the remaining adult female to hunt livestock to feed the pups. In effect, the state has set her up to have conflicts with livestock, knowing they could kill her and the two pups next. Just weeks later, a sniper in a helicopter shot and killed a five-month-old wolf pup from the Old Profanity Territory pack. These wolves are living in the exact territory where the state slaughtered seven wolves from the Profanity Peak pack in 2016 – leaving just one female to fend for herself with three pups. Killing a pup is grotesque and inhumane — and a clear sign that the state's ramping up its campaign to kill wolves at the behest of special interests. The Old Profanity Territory pup whose life was taken only weighed 50 pounds and was still developing his canine teeth. It was nowhere near ready to hunt on its own. Time and again Washington's spineless state officials bow to the interests of a powerful few by putting the profits of the livestock industry above the well-being of wildlife. The state has killed 16 state-endangered wolves from four different packs, all at the bidding of a single cattle business. Another three were killed for other livestock operations. It's a bloody legacy that can't continue. The Center for Biological Diversity is fighting in the courts and the streets to end this brutal slaughter of wolves for good. Our activists were at the Washington state capitol protesting and we won’t let up pressuring the state to stop this wolf-killing spree. We're fighting for each and every wolf and each and every pack. Sign the petition to tell Washington wildlife director Kelly Susewind to stop killing endangered wolves to line the pockets of just a handful of cattle businesses.
Fight for the Endangered Species Act
Trump has just gutted the Endangered Species Act. New rules put in place by Trump and David Bernhardt will scale back critical protections for species listed as threatened and will make protecting new species under the Act even more challenging. Profits are now prioritized over wildlife protection—a give-away to greedy corporations that view our public lands and waters as profit centers. Think about what's at stake. Without the Endangered Species Act, wolves wouldn't be roaming the Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears wouldn't be in Yellowstone, bald eagles wouldn't be flying from coast to coast. The Act today is a lifeline for more than 1,700 animals and plants, from polar bears and ice seals to the dusky gopher frog and Hawaiian petrels. We know what happens when imperiled species lose protections: they get shot, trapped, poisoned out of existence. The Endangered Species Act has saved 99 percent of the species it protects from extinction. When animals lose protections too soon, or never get protected at all, they’re pushed faster toward extinction, and some even end up as wall mounts or pelts for living room floors. Demand Congress uphold the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that saved our country's wolves, grizzlies and bald eagles. Too many species — birds, fish, frogs, wolves, bears and whales — are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the attacks on the Endangered Species Act and to save this law.
Stop the Trophy Hunt of Alaska’s Wolves and Bears
The Trump administration has opened the floodgates on trophy killings in Alaska. A new plan will allow mother black bears with cubs to be gunned down, and wolves with pups to be killed where they sleep. We can’t let Trump turn public lands like Denali National Park and Preserve into killing fields. Trump wants to make it legal in Alaska’s national preserves to kill wolves and coyotes from May 1 through August 9, which is the season when cubs are born. He also wants to allow the killing of mom bears still caring for young cubs and even the cubs. It also allows trophy hunters to slaughter wolves in their dens. It’s sickening. It isn’t the first time Trump’s dealt a death blow to Alaska’s bears and wolves. One of his first acts as president was stripping protections for these creatures on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit within days, and our legal battle to make Alaska’s wildlife refuges safe again for bears and wolves is far from over. Now he wants to do the same thing on national preserves, expanding the reach of trophy hunters in Alaska. We have 60 days to stop this rule from being put on the books. This is the time to act. Alaska’s wolves and bears are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the slaughter of Alaska wildlife being hunted for their heads and skins.
Stop the Hunt: End Trophy Killings
Trump's putting bears, wolves and elephants in the crosshairs of trophy hunters. Yellowstone's grizzlies had been safe from trophy hunters for the past 40 years. But last summer Trump stripped them of their Endangered Species Act protection. Now state officials in Wyoming are dead set on letting trophy hunters gun down 24 grizzlies that wander out of the national park. More than half of them could be females, including those pregnant with cubs. No wild creature should ever be caught in the crosshairs of an AR-15. It's all part of a trigger-happy culture that fetishizes the thrill-killing of endangered wildlife. It has to end. One of Trump's first acts as president was allowing trophy hunters in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges to slaughter wolves and their pups where they slept, and to bait bears out into the open so they could shoot them from airplanes. Trump has also refused a full-on ban of elephant trophy imports — a step that's vital to ending the savage killing that's put elephants on the path toward extinction. The Center for Biological Diversity is fighting the cruel laws that allow this kind of brutality — and we're challenging the sick mentality glorified by Trump's administration and anti-wildlife agencies. We simply can't allow grizzlies, wolves, elephants and other wild animals to be thrill-killed into extinction. Wildlife belongs in the wild, not hanging over a fireplace or on a living-room floor. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the slaughter of wildlife being hunted for their heads and skins.