easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 09-11-07

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Save Panama Biosphere Reserve From Dams
Please join the growing international movement to protect this ecological jewel and voice your opposition to the proposed Hydroelectric Projects.

DawnWatch: UK media on meat and global warming 9/9/07
“Activists take Gore to task on his diet”

Defenders of Wildlife: Protect Utah Prairie Dogs and Other Wildlife
Fill out the form below to urge your Representative and Senators to support the Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2007 (H.R. 1422 and S. 700), important legislation that would help private landowners protect Utah prairie dogs and other imperiled wildlife that live on their property.

Earthjustice: Say No to the Blowing Up of Appalachia
Tell the administration to stop trying to diminish the buffer zone rule and start enforcing it!

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Tell the U.S. Navy to Stop Killing Whales!
Ear-splitting military sonar is needlessly killing whales and other marine mammals throughout the world’s oceans. Yet the Navy has refused to put effective safeguards in place during testing and training.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-29-07

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Kempthorne Awarded Rubber Dodo
On Friday, August 24, we awarded the first annual Rubber Dodo Award to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in recognition of his one year and 90 days in office without listing a single new species as threatened or endangered. That’s a record.

DawnWatch: NY Times on meat and global warming link 8/29/07
“Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change”

DawnWatch: Bob Barker offers to pay for Maggie’s move to sanctuary — Anchorage Daily News, 8/28/07
“Bob Barker says price is right to move Maggie off to California.”

Defenders of Wildlife: Keep Bald Eagles Soaring!
Tell the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service to keep strong protections in place for bald eagles.

Greenpeace: Say Yes To Cape Wind
We need YOUR help to get Congress on track and make offshore wind a reality.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-02-07

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Action Alerts

Audubon: Final Push for Renewable Electricity
Please ask your Representative to support the Udall-Platts amendment

Center for Biological Diversity: Keep Mercenary Training Camp Out of San Diego Backcountry!
Blackwater has proposed establishing a military training camp in eastern San Diego County

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act
Urge your reps to co-sponsor and support passage of S. 1880/H.R. 3219, the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act, and any legislation to crack down on dogfighting

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge USDA to Move Maggie to Sanctuary Before Winter
The Alaska Zoo Board Has Made Its Decision to Move Maggie; Please help make it happen before winter–write the USDA

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Survival of Wolves in Northern Rockies Jeopardized
“Take Action” by Aug. 6 to protect them from hunters

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Thank California retirement community for sparing deer
California Retirement Community Chooses to Spare Deer; Thank The Villages for using humane methods to manage wildlife

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-24-07

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Oppose Aerial Herbicide Spraying on Public Lands

The Center for Food Safety: House to Vote on Farm Bill – Take Action Today!

DawnWatch: CNN’s Paula Zahn to cover dogfighting, Thursday 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Dan Mathews “Committed” summer tour — July-August 2007

DawnWatch tip: NBC Nightly news on calls for bullfighting bans 7/23/07

DawnWatch: Extraordinary coverage and commentary from NPR’s Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday, 7/21/07

DawnWatch: Newsday piece on runaway steer and vegetarianism 7/22/07

Defenders of Wildlife: We Can End Aerial Gunning of Wolves: Sign the Petition Today!

Earthjustice: Adopt the Sky

Earthjustice: Restore Balance on Our Public Lands!

Environmental Defense: Tell Congress to Support Conservation Friendly Farming

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The “Fairness in Farm and Food Policy” amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Animal Welfare Institute: “Barbaric, Barbaric, Barbaric!” / Vick Dog Fighting Charges Symptomatic of a Larger Problem

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #87 (July 23 @ Hippy Shopper)

Newsletters

Earthjustice e-Brief: July 2007

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Animal Update Online: July 2007

Sierra Club Insider: July 24, 2007

Petitions

Felony indictment for dog fighting in Georgia

Please help stop brutal murders of dogs in Chernihiv!

The animal welfare in Romania – Street cleansing with poison – Braila 2007

Stop Animal Cruelty Now!

SAY NO TO JAPANESE SCHOOLCHILDREN VIEWING WHALES BEING BUTCHERED

I am not a nugget!

Fight Against Asthma by Adopting the Sky!

Pledge to Live a One Planet Life!

Tim Horton’s – Making the Cups Recyclable!!!

Is God Green?

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Center for Biological Diversity: Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it’s officially considering protecting 10 of the 12 penguin species we petitioned to protect under the Endangered Species Act. The penguins are threatened with extinction due to global warming, industrial fisheries, and other threats.

The Service’s “positive finding” begins a 60-day public comment period on whether the penguins should advance to the next stage in the Endangered Species Act listing process, with a formal proposal to list them as threatened or endangered. Please submit your own comment today in support of protecting these magnificent birds!

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Defenders of Wildlife: Howl Out for Governor Richardson’s Southwest Wolf Policy

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

UPDATE, 7/17/07:

See also: Thank Gov. Bill Richardson for Halting the Mexican Wolf Killing!, from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Howl Out for Governor Richardson’s Southwest Wolf Policy

Our Southwest wolves have some pretty powerful enemies — from local anti-wolf zealots who try to kill them to the politicians in Washington, who just weeks ago attempted to end federal wolf recovery efforts in New Mexico and Arizona.

Fortunately, our wolves also have some powerful friends….Late last week, our imperiled wolves found another powerful champion: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

Governor Richardson has announced an immediate suspension of his state’s involvement in the so-called “three strikes” policy on the removal of wolves accused of killing livestock.

Citing deep concerns about the recent escalation in wolf removals, Richardson suspended state involvement in wolf removals pending further investigation and revision of the rules governing wolf removal.

The governor’s announcement comes on the heels of the killing of AF924, the Alpha Female of the Durango Pack who had been implicated in three livestock deaths. Her removal last week by federal agents resulted in conflict between state and federal officials and left the wolf’s pups without a mother.

With just 58 wolves in New Mexico and Arizona, the loss of AF924 — and the possibility that her pups could be lost as well — comes as a major blow to wolf recovery efforts.

Please take a moment right now to thank Governor Richardson for taking a stand for one of the Southwest’s most beloved and imperiled animals. Send your message to the governor online now!

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Center for Biological Diversity: Protect Endangered Sea Turtles From Longline Fishing

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Protect Endangered Sea Turtles From Longline Fishing

The federal government is proposing to allow longline fishing for swordfish in the waters off California and Oregon. Longline fishing, in which a single vessel can lay out more than 60 miles of line and 1,000 hooks at a time, is one of the most destructive fishing practices ever invented. In addition to depleting the oceans of the targeted swordfish and tuna, longlines hook, entangle, and kill tens of thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks. The critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle has been reduced from more than 100,000 nesting females to fewer than 3,000 over the past 25 years, mostly because of longlining.

In 2004, following a successful lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, swordfish longlining was banned in the waters off the West Coast. Now, under pressure from the fishing industry, the National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to allow an experimental longline fishery in these waters.

Please let the Fisheries Service know that you oppose the introduction of this deadly fishing gear to the West Coast.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

Help us celebrate the centennial birthday of Rachel Carson by telling the Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species from toxic pesticides!

The EPA continues to violate the Endangered Species Act by registering and allowing the use of hundreds of harmful pesticides in or near habitats for scores of endangered species — without first determining whether the chemicals jeopardize wildlife.

The Center filed a lawsuit last month to force the EPA to enter formal consultations with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the impacts of 46 pesticides on a dozen of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most endangered species. The affected species include the delta smelt, tidewater goby, California clapper rail, salt marsh harvest mouse, California tiger salamander, San Francisco garter snake, California freshwater shrimp, San Joaquin kit fox, Alameda whipsnake, valley elderberry longhorn beetle and bay checkerspot butterfly. Inappropriate pesticide use may also threaten an additional 19 of the 51 Bay Area animal species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Panama World Heritage Site In Danger!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Panama World Heritage Site In Danger!

La Amistad International Park is a World Heritage site shared by Panama and Costa Rica. It harbors the largest intact virgin rainforest in Central America and is home to more than 115 species of fish, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, 215 species of mammals, and 600 species of birds, including the endangered harpy eagle and tapir. La Amistad’s rivers contain unique diadromous aquatic fish and shrimp that must migrate between fresh- and saltwater to complete their life cycles. Indigenous Naso and Ngobe peoples depend upon the biodiversity of the area, including fish species living in the Changuinola and Teribe Rivers.

But urgent action by conservationists is needed. This incredible World Heritage site is facing serious threats to its survival. Four pending hydroelectric dams will forever alter the free-flowing rivers so important to the park’s ecosystem and extirpate many diadromous species by acting as impassable barriers. The resulting flooding will displace human populations too, and armed conflict has occurred between government agents and indigenous peoples; the potential for future conflict is high. The park is further threatened by increasing human encroachment activities such as cattle ranching, and it faces a lack of effective law enforcement and inadequate management.

Therefore, a petition for the inclusion of La Amistad on the World Heritage “In Danger” list was submitted by the Center and 30 other environmental and indigenous groups of Panama and Costa Rica. An “in danger” listing can aid in securing international assistance to reduce the threats and better protect the site. Your action is needed now because the World Heritage Committee is meeting from June 23 to July 2, 2007, and will begin discussing La Amistad. Please join this urgent movement to protect this ecological jewel and voice your support for including La Amistad as a World Heritage Site “In Danger.”

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Center for Biological Diversity: Support Wild & Scenic Status for Utah’s Rivers

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support Wild & Scenic Status for Utah’s Rivers

Speak Out for Utah’s Outstanding Rivers!

Deadline: June 30th

There are more than 165 rivers in the National Wild and Scenic River system. Despite the fact that Utah has amazing rivers, ranging from serene, flat water to raging rapids and from high mountain streams to rivers passing through a red-rock world, Utah has absolutely zero Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Now is your chance to let the Forest Service know which rivers on Utah’s National Forests are the most incredible and should be Congressionally designated as Wild and Scenic. Please just take a few minutes to submit comments that will help provide permanent protection for these incredible rivers. Without your help these rivers stand little chance of receiving the protection they deserve.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Protect Panama’s Red Frog Beach and Bastimentos Island

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Protect Panama’s Red Frog Beach and Bastimentos Island

Bastimentos Island, located in Panama’s Bocas del Toro province (on the Caribbean coast), shines as an ecological and cultural gem rich with coral reefs, dense tropical rainforests and indigenous communities. Among the diverse wildlife species of Bastimentos are night monkeys, three-toed sloths, numerous tropical bird and fish species as well as two distinct color variants of the strawberry poison dart frog — the namesake of the fabled Red Frog Beach.

Bastimentos Island boasts some of the Caribbean’s most pristine beaches, which are also critical breeding habitat for endangered leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles.

However, because of a massive, U.S.-fueled luxury-development boom, Bastimentos Island’s sensitive marine and terrestrial habitats are currently under siege due to the construction of Red Frog Beach Club, a high-end tourist resort.

Red Frog Beach Club, an American-based development corporation, is currently constructing phase one of its development plan, which includes condominiums and luxury villas on the northern coast of Bastimentos Island. And the company is seeking approval from ANAM, Panama’s national environmental agency, to begin construction on phase two of its massive, proposed residential resort, which would include up to 800 additional living units, luxury hotel facilities, and a large marina. Such extensive development would profoundly affect Bastimentos’ delicate rainforest, beach and coral-reef habitats and jeopardize the cultural heritage of the island’s indigenous peoples, who have consistently voiced their opposition to the Red Frog Beach Club project through direct protests and petitions.

Please join a growing international movement urging ANAM not to approve phase two of the Red Frog Beach Club resort on Panama’s Bastimentos Island.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Protect the Yellow-billed Loon!

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Protect the Yellow-billed Loon!

In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now reviewing the yellow-billed loon for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The yellow-billed loon is one of the rarest and most vulnerable birds in the United States, with its primary nesting habitat in Alaska threatened by rampant oil and gas leasing and development.

Please let the Bush administration know you support protection of the yellow-billed loon and its critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

Yellow-billed loons! On Flickr! W00t!

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Center for Biological Diversity: Protect the Polar Bear and Walrus from Oil Exploration

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Protect the Polar Bear and Walrus from Oil Exploration

The Bush administration is proposing to issue a blanket, five-year authorization to the oil industry to harass polar bears and Pacific walrus in the currently undeveloped Chukchi Sea off Alaska. Both the polar bear and Pacific walrus are imperiled by global warming, yet the administration’s only management response is to open up their sensitive habitats to oil development.

The Chukchi Sea is the stronghold for the Pacific walrus and home to one of only two polar bear populations in all of Alaska. But the Bush government plans to lease areas of the Chukchi Sea for oil development early next year, and oil leasing cannot occur without exploration activities that threaten to crush denning polar bears and their cubs, as well as harm walrus with seismic blasts, drill ships, ice-breakers, and the ever-present threat of oil spills.

Please let the Bush administration know that you support the protection of polar bear and Pacific walrus habitat in the Chukchi Sea.

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Center for Biological Diversity: U.S. Military Base in Okinawa Threatens Rare Dugongs

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

U.S. Military Base in Okinawa Threatens Rare Dugongs

The critically endangered Okinawa dugong is under siege and needs your help.

The U.S. and Japanese governments are planning to destroy the best remaining habitat of a unique and critically endangered marine mammal — the Okinawa dugong. This dugong, a relative of the manatee, is a rare marine mammal that feeds in the seagrass beds and coral reefs of Okinawa’s Henoko Bay. Fewer than 50 individual dugongs remain in an area described by the United Nations Environment Program as “the most important known dugong habitat in Japan.” If the U.S. military proceeds with its Camp Schwab construction plan this exceptional, rare animal will lose the best habitat it has left and begin its last slide toward extinction.

Click here to learn more and take action.

Dugong sighting via Frank Gloystein

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Center for Biological Diversity: Furnace Creek Needs You Once More!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Furnace Creek Needs You Once More!

Act Now: BLM Approves Plan for Road Construction through Furnace Creek and White Mountains

Last fall, along with thousands of other conservationists, you wrote the Bureau of Land Management asking it to protect the White Mountains and the fragile riparian ecosystem of Furnace Creek from off-road vehicle damage and road construction. We need you to speak out once more to protect these special places.

Despite overwhelming public opposition to the plan to develop this unique oasis into a road, the Bureau of Land Management has approved a proposal to construct a new road through the heart of Furnace Creek. This new road would cut across the White Mountains Wilderness Study Area and invite motorized vehicles into other wilderness-quality lands of the White Mountains.

We can still fight this, but we need your help. Right now your voice is more important than ever if we are to protect Furnace Creek.

The deadline for public comments is June 8, so get to it!

Previous alerts are available here.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Keep Northern Wolves Protected

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Keep Northern Wolves Protected

“Delisting” wolves means taking them off the endangered species list, ostensibly because they are recovered and no longer need its protection. The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate all of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, plus the eastern third of both Oregon and Washington and a sliver of northern Utah, as a “distinct population segment” region where “recovered” gray wolves would lose their federal protections — even though only about 15 percent of this vast area actually has wolves in it. The rest of the area would be kept wolf-free.

Killing of wolves where they do exist would be increased tremendously. Federal predator control agents using poison, traps and aerial gunning — plus private hunters — would reduce wolves from around 1,300 to 600 or fewer. Any wolves traveling past the wolfless zone surrounding the small surviving population and miraculously wandering to an area outside the “recovered” zone would be subject to additional lethal persecution under proposed “take” permits the federal government would issue neighboring states, such as Colorado.

Will the wolves now living in the Yellowstone National Park region, central Idaho and northwestern Montana survive this plan? Geneticists point out that wolves in each of these three popoulations are largely cut off from each other. Such fragmentation bodes ill for long-term survival.

The gray wolf is not yet recovered in the northern Rocky Mountains, and the designation proposed by Fish and Wildlife Service will imperil the wolves further.

Please send comments by the end of the day on May 9, 2007.

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Center for Biological Diversity: S.O.S.! Save Our Squirrel!

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

S.O.S.! Save Our Squirrel!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the West Virginia northern flying squirrel from the endangered species list, taking away all federal protections from this rare mammal.

The de-listing plan is based on a flawed review of the squirrel’s habitat and faulty models of what would be required for permanent protection for this species.

Please write to the Service by April 23, 2007 to encourage them to scrap the de-listing proposal. Follow the link to take action, or send your comments to:

Assistant Chief
Division of Endangered and Threatened Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Northeast Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
wvnfscomments [at] fws.gov
Fax: 413-253-848

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Defenders of Wildlife: Belugas on the Brink!

Monday, April 16th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/23/07:

See also: Tell the Bush Administration to Protect the Last 300 Beluga Whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet!, via the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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UPDATE, 5/18/07:

See also: Take Action – Beluga Whales Need Your Help to Survive, via the Ocean Conservancy.

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UPDATE, 4/22/07:

See also: Protect Alaska’s Beluga Whales by the Center for Biological Diversity. FYI: the action alert was released 4/20, so it appears that a decision was not yet reached as of Friday. Additionally, CBD gives an Campaign Expiration Date of June 19, 2007 – so get to it!

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Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Belugas on the Brink!

The Cook Inlet once teemed with up to 1300 beluga whales — a genetically distinct population of these white whales. But sadly, their numbers have dropped to around 300 — and they could vanish forever within our lifetime unless we act now!

Federal officials will decide soon whether to list the Cook Inlet belugas as an endangered species. But they need to hear from you.

Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to list Cook Inlet belugas as “endangered” and protect these creatures for future generations. A decision could come as early as April 18th — so please take action today!

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Center for Biological Diversity: Help Save the Delta Smelt!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Help Save the Delta Smelt!

Next week the California Fish and Game Commission will consider our petition to change the state listing of the delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) from threatened to endangered species status. The Center and other conservation groups submitted an emergency petition in February for endangered status under the California Endangered Species Act, due to catastrophic declines of the smelt population. This fish species is currently listed as threatened under the state law. […]

In recent years the delta smelt population has completely collapsed, and abundance levels the past three consecutive years have been the lowest on record. Delta smelt are on a rapid trajectory toward extinction and clearly need increased state and federal protection.

Please send a message to the Commission to immediately change the status of the delta smelt to endangered, on an emergency basis.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Ask Gov. Bill Richardson to Save Mexican Wolves!

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Ask Gov. Bill Richardson to Save Mexican Wolves!

Our government is trapping and shooting endangered Mexican gray wolves to appease the livestock industry. Biologists have condemned the Mexican wolf predator control program as preventing recovery and called for allowing more wolves to stay in the wild, roam freely and raise their pups. The Bush administration has consistently ignored these scientists.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized the trapping or shooting of the alpha pair of the Saddle Pack from the Gila National Forest in New Mexico — soon after shooting another member of the pack from the air in March.

Traps have already been set. If the male isn’t caught within two weeks, he’ll be shot. The female, who is likely pregnant and due to give birth by early May, will be caught alive.

With enough of a public outcry, both wolves can be allowed to stay in the wild and raise their pups together. But first, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democratic candidate for President, will have to be persuaded to stand up for the lobo.

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