Petition to Fond du Lac Band
Please agree to stop hunting our moose that are already in steep decline.
Our moose population is in dire need of protection. There are very few healthy moose left. Though we respect your culture and traditions, we hope your moral and ethical values will come first. Tourists come up to the Gunflint many times just to search for moose. Please don't hunt the few we have left. We need every last one of them. Please stop your hunt, give them a chance to rebound, at least for now. Respectfully, Citizens of Minnesota
Petition to California Fish & Game Commission
Stop Subsidizing CA Fur Trapping: Tell CA Fish & Game Commission to Comply with State Law
Petition by Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity A coalition of wildlife conservation groups successfully ended bobcat trapping in California in 2015. But the job was left undone: thousands of gray foxes, beavers, badgers, and other fur-bearing animals are still subject to cruel trapping for profit and recreation in California. It's come to light that the state's oversight of its trapping program does not comply with existing state law. Join us in calling on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to comply with a never-enforced provision of California law. If implemented, it could mean the end of commercial fur trapping in the state. California law requires that the state's costs of managing a fur-trapping program must be fully recovered through trapping-license fees. But those fees cover only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of dollars the state spends on wardens, biologists, and administrators to oversee trapping. The Commission has never raised fees to cover these costs and instead has allowed an illegal taxpayer subsidy to prop up the industry. Absent that subsidy, fur trapping would likely no longer exist in the state. That commercial and recreational fur trapping is still even allowed at all in California is shocking to most, but the fact that state wildlife managers have been illegally subsidizing this barbaric and antiquated practice at taxpayer expense is simply outrageous and unacceptable. BACKGROUND By law (Pavley - SB 1148), the Commission is required to adjust the fees charged for trapping licenses to cover all departmental costs. This law has been in effect for several years, but the Commission has not complied! The Commission will soon be issuing trapping licenses for the 2016-2017 season, and yet the state issues these licenses in violation of the law. Trapping license fees do not cover the actual cost of implementing the state’s trapping program. The current cost of a trapping license is just $117, which is at least 15 times less than it should be to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the fur-bearing and non-game mammal trapping program, based on publicly available information. Existing law requires that license fees be adjusted to cover the program costs of the Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the management and implementation of the state’s trapping program. What you can do: 1. The Commission is considering taking regulatory action on this issue and we need your support! Please sign this petition that will be delivered to the California Fish and Game Commissioners, and let them know that the illegal subsidy of trapping must end immediately, and that you support a ban on all commercial and recreational fur trapping in the state. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family, and colleagues. If you want to send your own personalized letter (see below for talking points) you can email the Commission directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please also cc your letters to email@example.com.) For more information about this issue, see our action alert and read our joint letter to the Commission on this issue here. 2. Join Project Coyote, the Center for Biological Diversity, and allies at the upcoming Fish and Game Commission meeting and make your voice heard in support of this petition. More information and the meeting agenda can be found here (public testimony is limited to a few minutes and should be delivered during the Public Forum, agenda item #4 on Feb. 8): What: California Fish and Game Commission Meeting When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 (agenda here) @ 8:30 a.m. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Sonoma Wine Country, One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA More info.: http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/Feb/02080917agd.pdf 3. Help keep this issue in the public eye by submitting Letters to the Editor to your local paper(s). Use the talking points below and our tips and tools for writing LTE’s. Talking points (please personalize & be sure to include your complete contact information to ensure that your letter is counted in the official record): A Fish and Game Code provision was added with the passage of SB 1148 (Pavley) for the 2013-2014 trapping season that requires license fees be raised to cover program and implementation costs from fee-based programs. Yet the Commission has failed to comply with this straightforward requirement for four years now. We cannot stand for a fifth year of non-compliance. If the Commission cannot ensure that trapping license fees are raised to a level that would realistically cover the state’s trapping program implementation costs, the Commission should eliminate the fur-trapping program. Fewer than 100 Californians engage in commercial trapping for the fur trade. As public trustees of California's wildlife, the Commission should require licensing fees that are in line with the true cost incurred by this tiny minority of people who enjoy trapping animals for fun and profit. Project Coyote is a national coalition of scientists, educators, ranchers, and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. To learn more about our work, visit our website here and sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. The Center for Biological Diversity’s mission is to secure a future for all species. To learn more about the Center and join us in this mission, visit us here. Thank you for taking action for California’s precious wildlife!
Petition to The Guruvayur Devaswom Board, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Guruvayur: Stop Encouraging the Poaching of Baby Elephants!
The Guruvayur Devaswom Temple in Kerala, India, recently announced it would accept baby elephants as “donations,” even though this temple already owns 52 elephants. Allegations of mistreatment and neglect in Kerala include violent beatings, isolation, starvation, overwork, and cruelty involving near-medieval implements: spears, bull-hooks, and spiked chains. The results are horrific: Since 2016, thirty-eight captive elephants in Kerala have died. And the cruelty isn’t limited to captive elephants. Wild elephants in Kerala are also victimized, mired in a losing war against habitat loss and continual poaching — with young elephants being torn from their mothers and entire herds sold into slavery at temples like Guruvayur. (For more information on the threats facing wild elephants in India, see our Huffington Post editorial here.) In a state famously called “God’s own country” for its stunning natural resources — where elephants are revered as gods — the idea that temples are devastating wild elephant populations and chaining, torturing, and in some cases killing elephants is nothing short of horrendous. Please stand up for compassion and demand the Guruvayur temple stop accepting young elephant calves — for their sake as well as the dwindling wild populations from which they are stolen. Please sign our petition.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Join Together for Birds and Ask Lawmakers to Protect the Environment and Wildlife Habitat
Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful flight of a Bald Eagle or the charisma of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. This value is widely supported by citizens of all political persuasions. Now, we face a critical moment. The environment was not a major issue in the recent election, but decisions made by the incoming Administration and Congress could have far-reaching impacts for birds and their habitats. That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign this petition to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the progress we have made in recent decades is preserved. We will present the petition and signatures to the new Administration and Congress. Please sign to show your support for bird conservation today! Please Forward the Petition Please use Facebook, Twitter (#togetherforbirds) and email to let family, friends and colleagues know about this effort to join together in support of birds. Organizations Can Endorse the Petition To sign on your organization, please fill in the name in the box provided https://secure2.convio.net/abcb/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=290 "TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION Dear [Administration and Congress], We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people. More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with many declining in population or facing extinction. We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask that you please support: 1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble. 2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's most successful conservation programs. 3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal support for migratory bird conservation. 4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other toxins. 5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is maintained. We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play vital roles in these conservation efforts. Let's work together for birds!
Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez
ESTABLISH A SILVER LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NOW
We, the undersigned, request the City of Los Angeles and the DWP (Department of Water and Power) to establish a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs. By preserving the open waters of the Silver Lake Reservoirs and their surrounding acreage as a sanctuary, this will create a protected habitat for migratory birds and urban wildlife, to be enjoyed by all. CURRENTLY:The Silver Lake Reservoirs have been permanently taken offline from the City’s drinking water system. Water from the Eastern Sierra snowpack is being used to refill the Reservoirs, and existing ground water from the nearby Pollock Wells will be used to keep them replenished. BRIEF HISTORY:Silver Lake is known to naturalists as a "nature hotspot." Over 140 species of birds have been sighted here, along with the raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes and bobcats that have long been part of Silver Lake's ecosystem within the Reservoirs' area. Additionally, Silver Lake has been a vital link in the Pacific Flyway for 100 years, connecting bird habitats from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The Reservoirs’ quiet, protected expanse has provided life-sustaining food and rest to thousands upon thousands of migrating birds each year; among them, the Canada Goose, the Bank Swallow—an officially threatened species in California—as well as Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, American Wigeons, White-faced Ibis, Northern Pintail, and beloved Mallard Ducks. Silver Lake has one of the rare bodies of fresh water large enough to host many flocks alighting at once. Everyone who loves experiencing Silver Lake's nature will know that a Sanctuary will preserve the Reservoirs as a protected habitat for urban wildlife and a critical resting place for migratory birds. THEREFORE:We request that the City of Los Angeles and DWP immediately support the establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs, thereby protecting this precious place for the animals who make their homes here, and ensuring this tranquil oasis is preserved for the benefit of the community and the entire city. Note:• We are not requesting any city funds for this Wildlife Sanctuary.• We fully support the amenities that currently exist around the Reservoirs, such as the meadow, the walking paths, the dog park, the recreation center, the tots playground, the basketball courts, and the pocket park on Tesla. (While not an “amenity,” we also support the neighborhood Nursery School there.) ---------- MORE INFO: Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
Petition to Mr. Saurabh Rao
Protect India's wildlife from open wells!
Thousands of animals die every year because they fall into deep uncovered wells. Uncovered wells are also a hazard to children. Covering wells will save leopards, bears, hyenas, snakes and many other species. Although this pregnant leopard was rescued from drowning in the well. She later died from the injuries she suffered from falling the 60 feet into the well.
Petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Greg Sheehan
Stop Trump's Administration from Reversing Elephant Trophy Ban
On Wednesday November 15, it was announced that the Trump Administration has overturned the 2014 ban on the importation of African Elephant trophies (i.e. body parts) from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The U.S. Fisheries & Wildlife Department are now offering permits for those who would like to hunt the species. According to the Department this ban, "can provide benefits to conservation...African elephant trophy hunting...will enhance the survival of the species in the wild." The number of elephants between 2007 and 2014 dropped by 30%, making the estimated population number 350,000 in 2016. This species continues to face the dangers of poaching today. Thankfully conservation agencies such as World Wildlife Fund, Natural Habitat Adventures, and African Wildlife Foundation have worked tirelessly to ensure that they have a future. However, this ban removal can make all of that hard work go out the window. This overturn, if taken for granted, could mean the extinction of these creatures. That's why I need every individual to please ask themselves this question: Could there be a future without elephants? Please sign this petition, so that together we can ensure the survival of this animal for future generations to come.
Petition to TENGKU ERRY NURADI, Joko Widodo
Stop the Batang Toru Dam
The Batang Toru forest is one of only two locations south of Lake Toba to provide habitat for Orangutans. This population is distinct from any other in the world, and critically endangered with less than 800 individuals. A proposed dam would doom this magnificent population forever. We must stop this dam in its tracks.