API: Protect Polar Bears, Prairie Dogs, and more

June 29th, 2007 4:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 6/30/07:

The World Wildlife Fund also sent out an action alert regarding the prarie dog poisonings on public land in Nebraska and South Dakota:

You have until July 23 to urge the U.S. Forest Service not to loosen its protections on prairie dogs. These cute and amusing creatures also have a serious side. They serve as a key food source for hawks, burrowing owls, badgers, swift foxes, critically endangered black-footed ferrets and other species, and their burrows also provide important shelter for these species.

Without extensive, healthy prairie dog towns, we won’t be able to protect and restore the Northern Great Plains grasslands, an
ecosystem that WWF has identified as one of the highest priorities for conservation worldwide and one of the places that must be saved in the next 50 years.

Act now to safeguard one of the most important ecosystems on Earth.

Past alerts here.

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Jun 28, 2007 8:34 PM
Subject: Protect Polar Bears, Prairie Dogs, and more

Support Needed for Polar Bear Protection Act

The Polar Bear Protection Act (H.R. 2327/S. 1406) is currently pending in Congress. If passed, this bill will amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to strengthen polar bear conservation efforts. Your federal legislators need to hear from you right away in support of this bill.

In the Arctic, polar bears are up against an increasing number of threats, including trophy hunting, and quicker ice melts each year – that threaten food supplies, and also result in drowning of bears who may be forced to swim extreme distances in search of a place to come ashore.

Just last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that stops funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies. Unfortunately, late last night this amendment failed to pass the House of Representatives. This means it is more important than ever that H.R. 2327/S. 1406 gain momentum forward toward permanently protecting these magnificent animals.

To be sure polar bears receive the protection they deserve, please contact your federal legislators today and ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 2327/S.1406.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1242&more=1

Stop Prairie Dog Poisoning on National Grassland

The National Forest Service is currently in the process of re-examining its management plan of black-tailed prairie dogs on the Buffalo Gap and Fort Pierre National Grasslands in South Dakota and the Oglala National Grassland in Nebraska.

In 2005 the management plan was amended to allow the extermination of prairie dogs in complaint cases along the borders of private land — which already results in the deaths of thousands of prairie dogs each year.

The proposed amendment to this plan would expand the use of poisoning to include the entire National Grassland areas — and will potentially result in the deaths of tens of thousands of prairie dogs!

Your comments to the National Forest Service are needed opposing to this amendment by July 23, 2007.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1243&more=1

Sea Turtles Achieve One Victory — But Now Require Additional Protection

This alert is being sent by the Animal Protection Institute on behalf of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project.

Last summer, the Animal Protection Institute (API) enlisted your help in protecting the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle and other marine life. Your letters to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) asking that they refrain from issuing permits for drift gillnet fishing along the California and Oregon coasts paid off. The NMFS decided it would no longer issue these permits, thus protecting an important ocean conservation area. Thank you for your help in achieving this
victory for sea turtles and other marine life.

Unfortunately, the NMFS is now considering allowing long line fishing — another fishing activity that threatens endangered leather back sea turtles and other marine life along the Pacific coast.

The turtles and other marine animals urgently need your help! The NMFS is accepting public comments on this issue until July 13, so please take action today.

For additional information and to take action on this alert, go to http://www.seaturtles.org/actionalertdetails.cfm?actionAlertID=111

Thank you for supporting the sea turtles and our oceans!

Further Action Needed for Kangaroos in California

This alert is being forwarded by the Animal Protection Institute on behalf of the Food Empowerment Project.

Just a few weeks ago we asked you to take urgent action to oppose SB 880, a bill to that would allow the sale of kangaroo skins and body parts in the state of California. Many thanks to all who contacted your Senator on behalf of the kangaroos.

Sadly, SB 880 has passed the California Senate and now is pending before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, where it will soon be voted on. The kangaroos still need help, so please take this opportunity to contact your state Assemblymember in opposition to SB 880.

If this bill passes it would erase a law that was implemented in 1970 to protect kangaroos by prohibiting the sale of their skins. A similar bill passed the legislature last session that reversed this protection for alligators, allowing their skins to be sold in California. It is important that the same fate does not befall the kangaroos!

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1240&more=1

California Residents: Keep Anti-Trapping Ordinances Local

If you live in California, please contact your state Senator today to oppose AB 815. If this bill passes, the state Fish and Game agency will become essentially the only entity with the power to adopt laws or regulations regarding the taking of fish and game in California.

AB 815 will take away the rights currently afforded to cities and counties in California to enact local anti-trapping laws specific to their communities. Under the new legislation, an ordinance could only be adopted if it meets extremely strict standards.

API is concerned that AB 815 will expand the powers of Fish and Game at the expense of city and county government, and that it will negatively impact these governments’ ability to protect their citizens, companion animals, and wildlife.

Because this bill already has passed the California Assembly and soon will be considered by the Senate Natural Resources committee, please take action today to oppose AB 815 and protect wildlife in your community.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1239&more=1

Last Chance to Defeat Cruel Trapping and Hounding Bill in Illinois

Residents of Illinois, your actions are urgently needed to defeat HB 297, an anti-wildlife bill that has passed the Illinois legislature and now rests on the Governor’s desk. HB 297 would allow the chasing of coyotes, raccoons, and rabbits in the gruesome practice of hound-running — also called, “penning,” or “hounding.”

Hound-running involves training hunting hounds on live wildlife in enclosed pens. The wildlife are frequently maimed and killed in the process.

This bill is very close to becoming law in Illinois. The Governor could sign it any day now. Please take action immediately in order to defeat HB 297.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1241&more=1

Get Interactive for Animals

Attention MySpace Users

Help us spread the word about farmed animal issues by adding “cow hugger” to your Friends list. This profile supports API’s program to end farmed animal abuse. Your involvement in spreading the word is a vital part in changing the lives of these animals and putting a stop to their suffering — so please add “cow hugger” (http://www.myspace.com/cowhuggersunite) as a friend today!

Other Ways to Help Animals

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Danette’s gorgeous work combines her two greatest passions — animals and photography. Danette’s real-life photos capture the beauty of animals as individuals in their natural surroundings. Using select images from Danette’s collection, you can design your own personalized products, and 10% of each sale (minus shipping and taxes) will be donated to API.
Visit Danette’s website today to make your purchase to support API: http://www.photographybydanette.com/photographybydanette/clients/a/api/api.asp

Fine Art by Bela Fidel

In her Endangered and Exploited Species Series, Bela wishes to convey the cruel treatment and impending extermination of species that are poached for parts, tested upon in laboratories, decimated for sport, or used in entertainment.
Bela will donate 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of the Elephant poster or 8″x10″ matted print or Giclee print (high resolution, high fidelity reproduction) and 20% of the net proceeds from the sale of any original painting on her site. As a special offer to API supporters, if you order a 20″x24″ or larger Giclee, you will receive a free Elephant poster.
To learn more, go to http://www.fidelcom.com/BelaArt/

Posted 06/27/07 – Okay to Forward/Crosspost

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