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On December 19th, 2012, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave endangered California Red-Legged Frogs the death sentence when he vetoed legislation intended to protect the Sharp Park Wetlands. The City of San Francisco is currently pumping the wetlands out to sea to create dry land for a taxpayer-funded golf course that loses over $100,000 per year. Mayor Lee, an avid golfer, received over 4,000 letters from SAVE THE FROGS! supporters asking him not to veto, and he refused to meet with any environmental groups to discuss the issue. Please ask the Mayor to rescind his veto.

Over 95% of California's coastal wetlands have been destroyed or damaged and nearly 2,000 amphibian species worldwide are on the verge of extinction. The federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs that live at Sharp Park are killed when their egg masses get stranded on land during the City's pumping operations and when tadpoles get sucked through the pumps and out to sea. The Red-Legged Frogs were nearly eaten to extinction in the 1890's by the California gold miners. Now they are threatened by habitat destruction, roadkill and non-native species such as American Bullfrogs, which are voracious predators that are being imported into California by the millions each year to satisfy San Francisco's burgeoning frog meat trade.

Letter to
Mayor of San Francisco Edwin Lee
As a supporter of SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), I am writing to ask you to rescind your irresponsible veto of the Sharp Park Wetlands legislation. This important legislation would have protected endangered wildlife and a rare coastal wetland ecosystem, and provided outdoor recreational opportunities for thousands of Bay Area residents and visitors.

The federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs that live at Sharp Park are illegally killed when their egg masses get stranded on land during the City's pumping operations and when tadpoles get sucked through the pumps and out to sea. The Red-Legged Frogs were nearly eaten to extinction in the 1890's by the California gold miners. Now they are threatened by habitat destruction, roadkill and non-native species such as American Bullfrogs, which are voracious predators that are being imported into California by the millions each year to satisfy San Francisco's burgeoning frog meat trade. Your veto condemns the frogs to continued persecution and could cause irreparable damage to San Francisco's reputation as a world leader.

It is disconcerting that the City of San Francisco is currently using taxpayer dollars to pump the Sharp Park Wetlands dry, killing endangered frogs in the process and violating state and federal laws. Just as bad, the golf course loses money each year and diverts funds away from important youth programs in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee, frogs eat mosquitoes, provide us with medical advances, serve as food for birds and fish, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Plus kids love frogs, and it is our obligation to them to leave this planet in better shape than when we arrived here.

On behalf of all those who enjoy nature and wildlife, I am calling on you to do what is right, and leave a legacy you can be proud of: Mayor Lee, please rescind your veto of the Sharp Park legislation immediately.

Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS!