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.