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Stop The Trophy Hunt of Wyoming Grizzly Bears
Yellowstone grizzlies have recovered from near extinction.However, Wyoming’s own Game and Fish Chief Warden, Brian Nesvik sees a potential hunt as “part of the success story” of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly population. The recovering of grizzly populations is a result of protections. Without those protections and a policy of peaceful coexistence, grizzlies will disappear again.In the 1970's, hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Why should we allow history to repeat itself? Today grizzly bears face even more threats from climate, habitat loss, development, mining and an increase in deaths by automobiles. A hunt this time could mean they may never recover. Is that a risk we are willing to accept?How can we trust that any hunt will be conducted in a conservative manner when it would be lacking scientific merit?We see the transparent interests at play in pursuing this hunt: ranchers, trophy hunters, and opportunistic mining companies and developers. We will not stand by as these self serving interests greedily advance their personal agendas.A hunt would not only disturbs the balance of nature, but it would have negative consequences for eco tourism. With grizzly bears serving as the main draw, “government and independent economists have placed the combined value of nature-based tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton at close to one billion dollars annually. (NPS 2016 Report)Clearly, the motivation for a Wyoming bear hunt is recreational, trophy hunting. It serves no biological or conservation purpose. We must commit to conserving wildlife and protect it for the benefit of all Americans and future generations. Unscientific hunts directly oppose conservation efforts. Therefore, we ask the addressed parties to end the pursuit of a grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming. NPS Report: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16021.htm
Keep Protections For Montana Grizzly Bears
Tell The US Government To Keep Protections For The Northwest Montana Grizzlies We are urging the US Government to keep Montana grizzly bear protections in place. If protections are removed, this could allow for the grizzly bears to be trophy hunted. In the 1970's, Hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Grizzlies were granted protection in 1975; since then Grizzlies have made a comeback. But ranchers, hunters, and lobbyist are threatening the future of the Grizzlies by influencing government agencies to remove grizzly bear protections, which could allow for trophy hunting and "incidental take" of Grizzlies in a region dominated by agricultural land. Although, grizzlies have recovered from near extinction, now is not the time to remove protections. They face more threats today than ever before with increased logging, mining, and land development; we should not add hunting to the list of threats Grizzlies have to contend with, especially when it was hunting that required the Grizzlies be protected in the first place. In July, the federal government lifted protections of an estimated 700 Grizzlies in the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming due to increased pressure from State Officials. This transfer afforded state game agencies jurisdiction over Grizzlies, which could open the door to possible trophy hunts in the future. We must prevent this from happening in Northwest Montana, please sign and share our petition.
Stop Dumpster Diving Hunters From Baiting Bears
Dumpster diving trophy hunters are bragging on social media about collecting hundreds of donuts that have been discarded at Dunkin' Donuts stores. They are using these donuts to bait bears in their hunting activities. We are respectfully asking Dunkin' Donuts to institute a company-wide policy requiring trash and dumpsters to be secured so that left over food cannot be taken for these nefarious activities.Bears are considered to be the one of the most intelligent land dwelling species. We hope that Dunkin' Donuts corporate leadership and franchisees recognize the responsibility we all have in preventing harm to wildlife and not aiding in bear baiting.
Stop The FWC From Reopening Fishing Of The Critically Endangered Goliath Grouper
Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering reopening fishing of the critically endangered Goliath Grouper. Local fishermen have pressured the agency, stating that the grouper populations have recovered and they fear the groupers are consuming too many game-fish and lobsters. What Does Science Tell Us? 1. A recent Florida State University research team published a paper on their findings stating "The Goliath Grouper is still Overfished and Critically Endangered!" 2. A recent research paper by Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres shows that overfishing is the reason for declining fish and lobster stocks; not Goliath Groupers. 3. An analysis of Goliath Grouper stomach contents by the University of Florida found that 85% of their diet consists of crabs and other crustaceans. The other 15% was found to consist of slow moving fish such as pufferfish, catfish, and stingrays; not game fish. 4. Florida State University researchers published a peer-reviewed paper showing that reef fish abundance and diversity is higher when Goliath Groupers are present on those reefs. This study shows that goliath groupers act as ecological engineers, creating life for many marine species. 5. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with other entities, have conducted several stock assessments of Goliath Groupers, with the most recent survey taking place in 2016. The FWC's recent assessment concluded that Goliath Grouper populations had recovered. However, these results were rejected by a panel of independent scientists brought in by the FWC to review the study. The panel rejected the manner in which these assessments were conducted and labeled the findings as an inconclusive measure of population. Currently, the Goliath Grouper is still listed as 'critically endangered.' The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) concludes that if permits to harvest the grouper are sold for $300 (an approximation), the current proposal to issue 400 Goliath Grouper permits could bring in roughly $120,000 to be used for 'scientific research' aimed to protect Goliaths. In addition, they state these captured fish can be sold for food. Need More Information? 1. The Goliath Grouper has become a huge, thriving, piece of the ecotourism industry along Florida's East Coast. One, out of the roughly one-hundred, scuba operators in South Florida stated that he brings in an estimated $500,000 each year, generated by taking divers to see these groupers in the wild. By protecting these animals, the long-term economic benefits to the state of Florida far exceed the value generated by a one-time kill. 2. Dr. Chris Koenig's research revealed that the flesh of the Goliath Grouper contains high levels of mercury. Mercury levels in these fish were found to approach 3.5 ppm, far exceeding federal health advisory warnings. The FDA prohibits the sale of any fish with mercury higher than 1.0 ppm. With mercury levels higher than 0.5 ppm, the Natural Resources Defense Council recommends avoiding consumption due to the danger of mercury poisoning. 3. Former Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Sylvia Earle, warned that "Killing the Goliath Grouper would be killing the growing economic benefits derived from divers who want to see these Iconic animals, who are often as curious as us. 4. Some say that a 'sustainable' annual harvest of Goliath Groupers is possible, but many scientists agree that the current population would not last more than a year or two after opening such a fishery.
Stop The Virginia Bear Hunt
It has taken decades of hard work by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and private conservation organizations to enable the recovery of Virginia’s black bear populations. But homeowners unaccustomed to living alongside a healthy bear population are now reporting bears as nuisances.An overly aggressive and arbitrary hunt target.The Virginia Department of Game of Inland Fisheries is proposing to reduce the black bear population by as much as 25% in some areas. They claim that a “cultural caring capacity”, meaning what the public will tolerate, has been reached. This is an irresponsible and unscientific manner of determining wildlife population control that would kill thousands of bears. “Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this will have any impact on the complaints being generated by those claiming bear damage, especially if those people are unwilling to reduce or modify their activities that have been attracting bears in the first place. So, one out of every four bears could be killed, but the remaining bears could still be concentrated on properties where there are unprotected food sources or other attractants,” according to the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s website.Change homeowner expectations, not bear populations.As black bear populations return to sustainable levels, we need to reset the public view to accept that black bears are part of normal life in Virginia, and inform them on responsible behavior to reduce conflicts. "If we can teach people, educate communities, educate homeowners associations, how to co-exist with bears, we feel that we can dramatically help reduce damage without having to reduce the bear population," says Ed Clark of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. No county or region should be granted population reduction targets unless and until there has been a significant effort to reduce bear damage through non-lethal means, including public education, prohibition on game feeding (it’s already illegal to feed bears, but many put out food “for the deer”, knowing that it will attract bears.) Public comment on the proposal will be open until May 10. The board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will vote on the issue on May 24.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Stop The Slaughter Before It Starts!
VETO HUNTING OF CONNECTICUT BLACK BEARS (Bill 522) A bill on the hunting of black bears in the state of Connecticut is quickly making its way through both chambers of the legislature. The bill would allow allow inhumane hunting methods including baiting, bow-hunting, hounding, and shooting mothers and cubs. Non-lethal methods of bear management are a far preferable solution. It’s purely a matter of responsibility by residents to secure their trash and keep pet food indoors. Special interest hunting groups are behind the false assertions that a hunt is needed to reduce human-bear conflicts. Contrary to popular belief, black bears are not dangerous carnivores, but gentle creatures who are 85% vegetarian and one-third the size of grizzly bears. They are considered to be the one of the most intelligent land dwelling species. The hunting of mother bears means that cubs are left orphaned without the survival skills to live on their own. They become additional casualties because they often starve or are hit by cars while looking for food. Bear hunting in Florida was a disaster on every front - from negative media attention, to conflicting data, contentious public meetings, and mismanagement of the hunt itself. In 2015, Florida held a black bear hunt for the first time in 20 years. What was pushed as a necessity to reduce “nuisance bears” resulted in the hunting innocent bears, living far from civilization and causing no residential issues. The event drew public outrage and international media coverage, putting a black eye on the state. The week long hunt was called off after just two days as the quota was quickly reached and was far exceeded in some areas. 304 bears died a painful death on public lands, and unknown numbers on private property were never reported. After the sickening events in 2015, our group has been successful in organizing over 70,000 supporters. We staged a historic statewide 28-city protest, and organized citizens to attend the public meetings, make calls and write emails. Our action stopped the hunt in Florida in 2016. And just this month, we won another victory for bears as the hunt in Florida was denied for 2017 and 2018. When considering their decision, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (comprised of hunting supporters) declared that the public outcry was exhausting their ability to conduct other business, and that even if a hunt could be justified on population data, the will of the larger public outweighed the less than 1% minority of bear hunters’ desire to kill bears. Concerned citizens in Connecticut have now reached out for our help in organizing efforts to stop this bill. We hope that you learn from the disaster in Florida. You can avoid a similar controversy. Please oppose this bill and declare an intention to veto it before it reaches your desk.
Stop The Killing Of Mother Bears and Cubs In Alaska
Petition to support Proposal to protect Mother Bears and Cubs I support the Alaska Chapter 1P Proposal to amend Alaska Administrative Code (5 AAC 92.260) in order to remove exceptions 1 and 2. I object to exceptions 1 and 2 in 5 AAC 92.260 which allows for the taking of bear cubs and female bears with cubs. I will NOT engage in tourism activities in the State of Alaska until that Alaska Administrative Code is amended to remove such exceptions. A person should not be permitted to take the life of a cub bear nor a female bear accompanied by a cub, without exception. I request the Board of Game to accept this Proposal for change.
STOP AMERICAN TROPHY HUNTERS FROM LEGALLY POSSESSING AND IMPORTING IVORY TO THE US
H.R. 226, the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act would legalize the importation and possession of ivory, allowing hunters that kill elephants to bring their “trophies” home to the US. This bill is purely a gift to trophy hunters and serves no scientific, educational or conservation benefit.We are at a precipice, and could see the end of elephants in our lifetime. Every 15 minutes an elephant is hunted. Wild elephants lost a third of their population between 2007 and 2014. The only way to end the illegal ivory trade is to end the demand for all ivory, as hundreds of countries have agreed to do. In 2016 the governments of 183 countries agreed to adopt protections for elephants as part of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the COP17 conference. The international community has been negotiating for these protections for decades. After many years of difficult lobbying, China- the world’s largest ivory market, has finally agreed to implement restrictions on ivory. Even consideration of H.R. 226 would signal to China and other ivory trading countries that the U.S. does not take the protection of elephants, nor the enforcement of ivory restrictions seriously, and it would threaten to dismantle the crucial CITES agreement. Additionally, H.R.226 is a direct violation of the CITES agreement under Article III: Regulation of Trade in Specimens of Species in Appendix I which states: The import of any specimen of a species included in Appendix I shall require the prior grant and presentation of an import permit and either an export permit or a re-export certificate. An import permit shall only be granted when the following conditions have been met:(a) a Scientific Authority of the State of import has advised that the import will be for purposes which are not detrimental to the survival of the species involved;(c) a Management Authority of the State of import is satisfied that the specimen is not to be used for primarily commercial purposes.The import of ivory obtained by any means is detrimental to survival of the species. H.R. 226 authorizes commerce in African elephant ivory or in products containing African elephant ivory, and therefore violates two conditions of the CITES agreement. We MUST keep a ban on the possession and trade of ivory, no matter the means in which it is obtained to show the world that the US is committed to elephant protection and the enforcement of the CITES agreement.Please reject H.R. 226, and remove it from consideration in all committees.Read the bill here: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/226Learn more about CITES here: Cites.org
Urge President Trump to Keep Protections for Wildlife in Alaska's Refuges
The United States Senate recently passed, by a vote of 51 to 47, S.J. Res. 18. In conjunction with the companion resolution previously passed by the House of Representatives, H.J. Res. 69, this measure seeks to overturn a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service regarding the “Non Subsistence Take of Wildlife” in the 16 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the Service in Alaska. The joint resolutions represent a huge step backwards in wildlife conservation, allowing cruel and unethical practices to be used by trophy hunters, including: Taking (i.e. killing) black or brown bear cubs, or sows with cubs, even while denning; Taking brown bears over bait; Taking bears using traps or snares; Taking wolves or coyotes during denning season; Taking (and spotting) bears from an aircraft. Apart from making a mockery of the concept of “fair chase” in hunting, the joint resolutions disrespect the interest that all American taxpayers have in the full panoply of wildlife protected by our National Wildlife Refuges, which were established by the federal government primarily for conservation purposes. The resolutions' sponsors – Alaska's sole Representative, Don Young, and Alaska's two Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan – have chosen to sacrifice the national interest in the service of a tiny minority of trophy hunters. In so doing, they also jeopardize the $2 billion wildlife watching economy in their own state, and ignore the science proving that the presence of predators does not harm the ungulate populations upon which many Alaskans rely for subsistence. The Fish & Wildlife Service did its due diligence in passing its rule banning these heinous practices. It carefully considered the underlying purpose of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the scope of federal authority, and any possible conflicts with the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act. Its judgment should not be overruled by a coterie of politicians in thrall to special interests. The President of the United States is now the only constitutional barrier separating some of our country's most precious wild animals from unjust and unwarranted suffering. This is not a “states' rights” issue; it is a national issue. We call upon the President to demonstrate the leadership that the whole country deserves, and to veto S.J. Res. 18 and H.J. Res. 69.
Immediate Action To Be Taken On Behalf Of Ely An Abused And Neglected Elephant
A total of 3 elephants have died at The San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Maggie, an Asian elephant being the latest. Maggie was euthanized after suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis. Ely could be next on the list of dead elephants at San Juan de Aragon Zoo if nothing is done to help her. It is important to note that every animal at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo is insured and upon the animal's death the zoo receives compensation. We are calling for the immediate and prompt surrender of Ely, a female African elephant that is being held at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Ely is a former circus elephant who was bought by the Aragon Zoo. The Zoo proclaims they're treating Ely better than the circus, yet upon her arrival in 2012, her health and well-being has continually deteriorated. Her enclosure is made of concrete floors causing joint pain and pales in comparison to the vast lands she would roam in the wild. Elephants in the wild travel 15 - 30 miles a day, and for Ely to achieve this she would have to walk the back and forth in her enclosure over 300 and times a day. Due to confinement and the unnatural environment, Ely is forced to live in; she exhibits stereotyping a neurological condition conducive to animals held in captivity. Ely suffers from a broad spectrum of health issues, among those issues is a skin condition known as ulcerative dermatitis. The lack of shade in Ely's enclosure has caused her to become severely sunburnt on top of her already damaged skin. The lack of care and treatment to these injuries has resulted in an infection that is most visible on her back. We demand swift action be taken in regards to the treatment of Ely. We urge San Juan de Aragon Zoo to release Ely to a sanctuary that can provide her with the love and care; she so desperately needs and deserves.