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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
10,435 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to 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. <https://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/resolutions/resolution-of-gray-wolves> Hammerson, G. 2013. Canis lupus baileyi. NatureServe. <http://explorer.natureserve.org/servlet/NatureServe?searchName=Canis+lupus+baileyi> NatureServe. 2018. Conservation status assessment: identifying threatened species and ecosystems. <http://www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/conservation-status-assessment> US Congress. 1973. Endangered Species Act. 16 U.S.C.<http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/laws/esa.pdf> 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.
2,161 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
201,160 supporters