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 10 petitions
Stop the U.S. Import of Trump Jr.'s Trophy Kill
Troubling reports have emerged that trophy hunter Donald Trump Jr. killed a rare argali sheep in Mongolia this summer — at night, through a laser sight. Argali sheep have long been threatened by hunting— the species is protected as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Don Jr. reportedly killed this animal without a hunting permit. That permit was eventually issued by Mongolia — but only after Trump Jr. reportedly met with its president, then left the country. He may get a pass abroad because of his name, wealth and connections, but the buck has to stop here. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny any attempts to import this argali trophy under the Endangered Species Act. Argali are the world’s largest sheep, with beautiful curling horns that can reach 6 feet. Their populations dropped by 64% between 1985 and 2009. Over the past 12 years, U.S. trophy hunters imported 65 argali trophies from Mongolia. Now it’s our job to ensure the president’s son doesn’t add to that deadly tally. As we fight to curb the extinction crisis, rich and powerful trophy hunters shouldn’t be jet-setting across the globe slaughtering wildlife at will. And our Endangered Species Act — one of the strongest wildlife laws in the world — should not be used to condone the thrill-killing of species already facing extinction. Letting trophy hunters pay to play with the lives of rare and vanishing wildlife, while poachers go to jail, creates an unjust system that undermines conservation. Please tell the Service that any attempt to bring this animal’s horns, skin or parts into the United States as trophies cannot be allowed.
Ban the Import of Trophy-hunted Lions
For the first time since lions were protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration has approved a trophy-import permit for a threatened lion killed in Tanzania. This disgusting decision is likely just the tip of the iceberg, as it signals the potential for Trump to greenlight more lion, and maybe even elephant, trophy imports. But there's hope: The House Natural Resources Committee just approved the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies (CECIL) Act to ban U.S. imports of elephant and lion trophies from Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Tell your representative to support this important legislation as it moves forward. This import permit bodes ill for wildlife in Tanzania, home to roughly 40 percent of Africa's lions and up to half of the elephants in eastern Africa. We need to halt the slaughter of Tanzania's wildlife before it begins — and stop wealthy trophy hunters from killing them for sport. Despite Trump calling trophy hunting a "horror show," his administration reversed a ban on elephant-trophy imports from Zimbabwe. Now it's issued this permit to a Florida-based lion hunter whose lawyer sits on Trump's sham, pro-trophy-hunting council. The CECIL Act would abolish the International Wildlife Conservation Council, made up mostly of trophy hunters and NRA and Safari Club members. It would also ensure public notice of elephant and lion trophy-import decisions before they're made, putting an end to the Trump administration's backdoor dealings with these kinds of hunters.
Speak Up for Critically Endangered Orcas
Southern Resident killer whales are on the brink of extinction. After losing three more individuals over the summer, this beloved, critically endangered and culturally revered population is down to just 73 animals. We can help by creating a protected area in the heart of their prime summer habitat that would provide the orcas with the peace and quiet they need to eat, rest and recover. Please join us in calling for creation of a Whale Protection Zone to give these animals a fighting chance at survival. Highly intelligent, family-based Southern Resident killer whales face three main threats: not enough salmon to eat, exposure to toxic contaminants, and too much underwater noise in their Salish Sea home. Orcas use highly developed echolocation skills to communicate, navigate and forage for salmon. Increasing noise and disturbance is limiting their ability to locate food and engage in other behaviors essential to their survival. While restoration of salmon habitat will be critical to the orcas' long-term recovery, they need help now. Urge national fisheries officials to create a Whale Protection Zone for Southern Resident killer whales.
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
The Trump administration just said it was OK to use cyanide bombs to kill wildlife. Known as M-44s, these small metal cylinders are full of cyanide and covered in a sweet scent to attract wildlife. With a little tug, a lethal dose of poison shoots out, sending the victim into a slow, agonizing death. And the EPA just gave the green light to continue using these vicious killers, leaving the cyanide traps to cruelly and indiscriminately kill wild creatures — 6,000 last year alone. Those animals included coyotes and foxes, a bear, opossums, raccoons and skunks. The bombs even injured people. M-44s are one of the most barbaric methods in the government's war on wildlife — and Trump's EPA has again refused to ban it. Help us protect wildlife from these killing devices by signing the petition to get them banned. Trump's EPA has shirked its duty to protect wildlife, people and pets. In August the EPA issued an interim decision renewing sodium cyanide registration. A week later it withdrew that interim decision for more discussions. Even though more than 99.9% of people commenting on the proposal asked the EPA to ban M-44s, the agency decided to keep cyanide bombs in its arsenal. If we're going to stop this madness, we'll need to redouble our efforts. With your help, we can put a stop to the use of cyanide traps once and for all. Please stand up against M-44s by signing our petition.
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 in 2018, 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.