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Endangered Species

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Petition to U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives

Don't Let Congress Condemn the Red Wolf to Extinction!

We are writing to you today to express our extreme concerns about legislation that have been introduced over the past year which would negatively impact the highly endangered Red Wolf (Canis rufus) (Congress 2017; Congress 2018). The Red Wolf is a species of medium-sized wolf native to the American Southeast. This wolf was subjected to extensive human persecution once Europeans colonized the country, which nearly drove it to extinction. The Red Wolf was listed as an Endangered species in 1967, and became extinct in the wild once the last fourteen survivors were removed into captivity. This wolf was reintroduced to North Carolina in 1987 and it struggles to recover, with between 45 and 60 individuals currently existing in the wild (USFWS 2017). In addition to being listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Red Wolf is evaluated as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Kelly, Beyer, and Phillips 2008), meaning that it faces “an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild” (IUCN 2012). The reintroduced population in North Carolina is the only wild population of this wolf remaining on the planet and it continues to be severely threatened by illegal shooting and hybridization with Coyotes (Canis latrans). The purpose of the ESA is stated as “to provide a program for the conservation of… endangered species” (Congress 1973), with the ESA defining an Endangered species as “any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range” (Congress 1973). These pieces of legislation would be a violation of the ESA since they would end conservation actions that are directed towards the Red Wolf and could potentially result in the extinction of this Endangered species. We ask that you please vote against any legislation that would negatively impact the Red Wolf. Thank you. References: IUCN. (2012). IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1. Second Edition. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. Iv + 32pp. Kelly, B.T., Beyer, A. & Phillips, M.K. 2008. Canis rufus. The IUCN Red List of ThreatenedSpecies. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org> US Congress. 1973. Endangered Species Act. 16 U.S.C.<http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/laws/esa.pdf> US Congress. 2017. Explanatory Statement for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2018. <https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2018-INT-CHAIRMEN-MARK-EXPLANATORY-STM.PDF> US Congress. 2018. H.R. 6119 - To remove the red wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife for North Carolina, and for other purposes. <https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6119?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22red+wolf%22%5D%7D&r=1> USFWS. 2017. Red Wolf Recovery. <https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/>

Heather L.
15,199 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to United States Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine FIsheries Service

Block President Trump's dangerous efforts to harm the Endangered Species Act

If the Trump administration has its way, the North American Wolverine may be doomed to the endangered species list. For years pro-industry legislators have pushed for dismantling key provisions in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and now the Department of the Interior and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service just announced a proposal to gut automatic protections for wildlife like the North American Wolverine and the Monarch Butterfly, to name a few, that are currently under consideration for threatened species protection. Sign and share today to stop the Trump administration from stripping 45 years of protection for threatened species from the Endangered Species Act. Under the guise of an administrative effort to scale back "government regulation," this new proposal is just a way to give agriculture and energy companies the freedom to drill and graze cattle in habitats earmarked for protected species. The new rules specifically target two provisions of the ESA: Protection for species listed as threatened — The new rule would only grant "certain protections" to threatened species, species at risk of becoming endangered if no action is taken, on a case-by-case basis. Economic factors for habitat protection — The new rule would allow officials to factor in economic opportunities, like drilling and ranching, when considering protection for wildlife. We have 60 days to tell the Trump administration to keep the ESA intact with these key wildlife protections. Sign and share today to protect the most at-risk species, like the North American Wolverine.

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5,970 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald Trump

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.

Center for Biological Diversity
10,459 supporters