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

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

We are writing to you today to express our extreme concerns about the bills and riders that have been introduced over the past few years which would delist the Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and/or would otherwise end the recovery of this highly threatened subspecies (Congress 2015; Congress 2016a; Congress 2016b; Congress 2016c; Congress 2017; Congress 2018). The Mexican Gray Wolf is the most genetically distinct subspecies of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in North America, and is native to Mexico and the American Southwest. This wolf was subjected to extensive human persecution once Europeans colonized the continent, which nearly drove it to extinction. The Mexican Gray Wolf was listed as an Endangered subspecies in 1976, and became extinct in the wild once the last seven survivors were removed into captivity. This wolf was reintroduced to Arizona and New Mexico in 1998 and to Mexico in 2011. While the wild populations have been increasing in recent years, the subspecies struggles to recover, with only 113 wolves in the American Southwest and 31 wolves in Mexico (USFWS 2017). The Mexican Gray Wolf is protected as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because it is in serious danger of going extinct, and it is one of the most endangered mammals in North America (ASM 2007). The Mexican Gray Wolf is ranked as Critically Imperiled by the esteemed conservation organization NatureServe (Hammerson 2013), which is defined as a species that is “at very high risk of extinction due to extreme rarity…, very steep declines, or other factors” (NatureServe 2018). 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 bills and riders would be a violation of the ESA since they would strip the Mexican Gray Wolf of its ESA protections, would end conservation actions that are directed towards it, and could potentially result in the extinction of this Endangered subspecies. We ask that you please vote against any anti-lobo bill and rider that makes its way through Congress. Thank you. References: American Society of Mammalogists (ASM). 2007. Reintroduction and conservation of the Mexican gray wolf. <> Hammerson, G. 2013. Canis lupus baileyi. NatureServe. <> NatureServe. 2018. Conservation status assessment: identifying threatened species and ecosystems. <> US Congress. 1973. Endangered Species Act. 16 U.S.C.<> US Congress. 2015. H.R. 2910 - Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act. US Congress. 2016a. S. Amdt. 3164 of S. 2012 - Delisting of Mexican Gray Wolves Amendment.  US Congress. 2016b. S. 2876 - Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act of 2016. US Congress. 2016c. H. Amdt. 1344 of H.R. 5538 - None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to treat the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) as an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) or to implement a recovery plan for such species that applies in any area outside the historic range of such species. US Congress. 2017. S. 368 - Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act of 2017.  US Congress. 2018. S. 2277 - A bill to require the delisting of Mexican gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 on a determination that the subspecies has been sufficiently recovered in the United States. USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service). 2017. Mexican wolf recovery plan, first revision.

Heather L.
2,611 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Eureka Township

Stop fur farm from exploiting and killing Endangered Gray Wolves for Their Fur

A fur farm disguised as an educational petting zoo no longer owns exotic animals.  See latest update about the court ordered removal of all but one lone wolf.   FEW is continuing to exploit animals in a new "farm animals" exhibit: "Fur-Ever Wilds Grand opening of "THE FARM" in Lakeville, Mn . Sat May 26th, 12-6. We are completely re-doing the grounds at Fur-Ever Wild to make it more hands on, kid and family friendly. That means more farm animal interaction. Admission will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. Starter food packs are included with admission. More info to come." To help the Animal Legal Defense Fund with their lawsuit about the Endangered Species Act violations:  Our lawsuit against Fur-Ever Wild is heating up. In October the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Fur-Ever Wild, based in Minnesota, for violating the Endangered Species Act by killing grey wolves. Fur-Ever Wild owner Teresa Petter is accused of exploiting wolves as puppies, by selling “pet n’ play” sessions to the general public. When the wolves get too old to handle, Petter kills and skins the wolves — selling their fur pelts in the gift shop.     INITIAL PETITION: “Fur-ever Wild” sounds like a cute place to take the whole family. Described as an educational petting zoo, “pet-and-plays” with wolf puppies are still allowed if you "volunteer". They advertise it will only cost you $20 dollars for 20 minutes. For the puppies, it will eventually cost them their lives. The wolf pups are trotted out for cute photos. Once the pups are too old for the “pet-and-plays,” they will be introduced to captive wolf packs  and eventually killed for their fur. The truth is “Fur-ever Wild” is just a side business of a fur farm. Before they make money on the furs of the animals, they exploit them for more profit at these petting zoos. We must stand against such exploitation and cruelty. No matter where you live, we need your support. Before the wolf pups are put in the arms of posing children and adults, they are taken from their mother after they are only days old. Their eyes haven’t even opened when they are removed. It’s a start of a horrible journey “Fur-ever Wild” won’t be broadcasting to their guests. When "volunteers" give their $20 dollars they will have no idea they are financing the death of the very pups they want hold. A business model built on breeding animals for such a fate in inhumane and should be stopped. Together we can stop “Fur-ever Wild” from expanding and send a message to similar businesses their time is up. Tell Lakeville, MN to shut down “Fur-ever Wild”. Please sign and share our petition today. To find out more information, please visit these recent news articles: Read the 2012 deposition where Terri Petter admits to pelting all the animals when their fur is "in prime". Fur-Ever Wild: Is Minnesota petting zoo/slaughterhouse for sale? Dakota County fur farm meets deadline for moving wild animals 'Fur' Sale Deadwood adopts dangerous wild/exotic animal ordinance Lead passes first reading of updated animal ordinance Lakeville-area fur farm Fur-Ever Wild sparks controversy with S.D. expansion Deadwood delves deeper into proposed exotic animal ordinance Township Orders Removal of Exotic Animals from Minnesota Fur Farm Wolf Pup Exhibitor Endangers Animal and Human Health Hey, Lady With The Wolf Petting Farm--Take A Hike State Board Hears Deadwood Wolf Petting Zoo App Wednesday; Expert Raises Health, Safety Concerns Residents howl about wolf education center opening in Deadwood WILDLIFE CENTER OPERATOR HAS ACKNOWLEDGED FUR FARMING Fur-Ever Wild granted permit with some conditions Opponents of proposed Deadwood petting zoo claim it is front for fur farm USDA Called to Investigate Minnesota Wolf-Fur Farm on Eve of South Dakota Hearing Previous articles: Minnesota Court of Appeals From the current lawsuit... "testimony from Petter that she was operating a "fur farm" and that every one of her animals would be skinned":

Shari Kosel
160,096 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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
11,578 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kelly Susewind

Stop Killing Washington State’s Wolves

Washington state is going on a killing-spree of endangered wolves, and it must be stopped. Over Labor Day weekend, a helicopter sniper gunned down the sole adult male wolf of the Togo pack. He was the devoted father to two pups seen in the video above. In a sick twist, the state admitted that killing him could force the remaining adult female to hunt livestock to feed the pups. In effect, the state has set her up to have conflicts with livestock, knowing they could kill her and the two pups next. Just weeks later, a sniper in a helicopter shot and killed a five-month-old wolf pup from the Old Profanity Territory pack. These wolves are living in the exact territory where the state slaughtered seven wolves from the Profanity Peak pack in 2016 – leaving just one female to fend for herself with three pups. Killing a pup is grotesque and inhumane — and a clear sign that the state's ramping up its campaign to kill wolves at the behest of special interests. The Old Profanity Territory pup whose life was taken only weighed 50 pounds and was still developing his canine teeth. It was nowhere near ready to hunt on its own. Time and again Washington's spineless state officials bow to the interests of a powerful few by putting the profits of the livestock industry above the well-being of wildlife. The state has killed 16 state-endangered wolves from four different packs, all at the bidding of a single cattle business. Another three were killed for other livestock operations. It's a bloody legacy that can't continue. The Center for Biological Diversity is fighting in the courts and the streets to end this brutal slaughter of wolves for good. Our activists were at the Washington state capitol protesting and we won’t let up pressuring the state to stop this wolf-killing spree. We're fighting for each and every wolf and each and every pack. Sign the petition to tell Washington wildlife director Kelly Susewind to stop killing endangered wolves to line the pockets of just a handful of cattle businesses.

Center for Biological Diversity
169,271 supporters