wildlife protection

48 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Matt Mead, Anna Munoz, Roya Mogadam, Liz Cheney, Wyoming State House, Wyoming State Senate, John Barrasso, Greg Sheehan, MARK ANSELMI, DAVID RAEL, PATRICK J. CRANK, MIKE SCHMID, GAY LYNN BYRD, PETER J. DUBE, KEITH CULVER

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:  

212,046 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump

Stop the Trophy Hunt of Alaska’s Wolves and Bears

The Trump administration has opened the floodgates on trophy killings in Alaska. A new plan will allow mother black bears with cubs to be gunned down, and wolves with pups to be killed where they sleep. We can’t let Trump turn public lands like Denali National Park and Preserve into killing fields. Trump wants to make it legal in Alaska’s national preserves to kill wolves and coyotes from May 1 through August 9, which is the season when cubs are born. He also wants to allow the killing of mom bears still caring for young cubs and even the cubs. It also allows trophy hunters to slaughter wolves in their dens. It’s sickening. It isn’t the first time Trump’s dealt a death blow to Alaska’s bears and wolves. One of his first acts as president was stripping protections for these creatures on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit within days, and our legal battle to make Alaska’s wildlife refuges safe again for bears and wolves is far from over. Now he wants to do the same thing on national preserves, expanding the reach of trophy hunters in Alaska. We have 60 days to stop this rule from being put on the books. This is the time to act. Alaska’s wolves and bears are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the slaughter of Alaska wildlife being hunted for their heads and skins.

Center for Biological Diversity
9,758 supporters
Started 7 days ago

Petition to The City of La Canada Flintridge

Ban The Cruel Gassing Of Underground Wildlife In La Canada Flintridge

Dear City of La Canada Flintridge or whomever it may concern, I am humbly asking that the city enlist a ban on the cruel process of killing underground animals such as (but not limited to), ground squirrels, moles, gophers, and rabbits, through carbon monoxide poisoning. When poisoned, an animal slowly suffocates, in most cases causing them to struggle and gasp for air as they slowly die from carbon monoxide poisoning. The state of California has banned using carbon monoxide gas chambers on domestic animals in shelters since June of 2016. The law clearly states, “A person, peace officer, officer of a humane society, or officer of a pound or animal regulation department of a public agency shall not kill an animal by using either of the following methods: (1) Carbon monoxide gas.” This is due to the fact that poisoning animals with carbon monoxide gas in inhumane and causes an animal a great deal of suffering. I am asking the city of La Canada Flintridge to extend their compassion and animal welfare laws to wildlife, and create a ban on using poisonous gas to kill burrowing animals. Using carbon monoxide gas is not only a cruel and outdated practice to force animals to suffer through, it poses a large risk to the human citizens of La Canada. Carbon monoxide can easily escape from underground into the air without anyone able to detect a difference in air quality. Carbon monoxide gas is colorless, odorless, and unrecognizable to the naked eye. However, exposure to carbon monoxide, and carbon monoxide poisoning in humans can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, increased heart rate, fatigue, low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, delirium, hallucinations, unsteady gait, confusion, seizures, central nervous system depression, unconsciousness, respiratory arrest, myocardial ischemia, atrial fibrillation, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, high blood sugar, lactic acidosis, muscle necrosis, acute kidney failure, skin lesions, and visual and auditory problems. With more severe poisoning, symptoms may include, short-term memory loss, dementia, amnesia, psychosis, irritability, speech disturbances, Parkinson's disease-like syndromes, cortical blindness, a depressed mood and even death. Carbon monoxide is also highly flammable. As prey animals, creatures like ground squirrels, moles, gophers, and rabbits, are very easy to scare into moving into new burrows away from a La Canada resident's backyard. Reflective tape and shiny and mirrored objects generally scare animals that burrow away with a high success rate. When a prey animal senses a constant threat to their surroundings, they are extremely likely to move somewhere else where they feel safe. This can easily be done without harming them or adding potential threats to the human citizens of La Canada. Empty water bottles can also provide a whistling noise in the wind, and other forms of noise distraction prove to deter burrowing critters. Underground animals like moles also tend to hate sweet smells underground, so planting plants like hyacinth bulbs make them want to leave their underground homes. Humane live trapping techniques are also a successful alternative. Once the entrance or exit of the burrow is determined, placing a live trap with a food bait is a safe way to catch an animal. Once caught, La Canada’s expert animal control officers can easily transport these animals to a setting away from residential homes, where they can thrive without human disruption. Ideally, leaving these innocent animals alone is the most respectful way to coexist with them. Burrowing animals greatly benefit the environment, and help our plants and gardens thrive. Most of the things they do to survive are essential to our ecosystem, and overall better our backyards. For example, ground squirrels are responsible for planting hundreds of beautiful new trees each year, by forgetting where they buried their nuts. Rabbit droppings are also packed with nutrients that naturally fertilize plants and help them thrive. And moles eat and disturb insects underground that eat away and kill the roots of plants. All burrowing animals are also highly beneficial to our gardens, as their burrows allow oxygen, sunshine, and water to reach a plant's roots underground. In conclusion, poisoning La Canada wildlife with carbon monoxide is a dangerous and highly inhumane way to remove wild animals from undesirable burrowing spots. I am asking the city of La Canada Flintridge to take a progressive step in the right direction of animal welfare, public safety, and environmentalism, by banning cruel “pest” control methods and encouraging La Canada residents to use humane and non-invasive methods to remove wildlife from their homes.    

Cora Chandler
1,012 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez


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

Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
2,085 supporters