The Dangerous World of Butterflies: More dangerous for butterflies than for humans.

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

On Wednesday, journalist Peter Laufer appeared on The Daily Show in order to discuss his newest book, The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists. While the material might seem rather lighthearted – especially in comparison to his previous subjects, which include neo-Nazism, illegal immigration and the Iraq war – the illegal butterfly trade is nothing to scoff at, as he explains:
 

 
Naturally, even the so-called “butterfly huggers” (e.g., the North American Butterfly Association, the International Butterfly Breeders Association) view butterflies as a collection or a part of nature or ecology as opposed to the many individual beings that they are. Or, put another way, butterfly conservation is more about environmental protection than animal rights – or even welfare. Even so, The Dangerous World of Butterflies sounds like an interesting read, since butterfly collecting isn’t normally a “hobby” that’s equated with danger (nor are butterflies the first group of animals to come to mind when one thinks of wildlife “poaching”).

During the interview, Jon wonders why one might want to collect butterflies, due to their short life spans of a week or two. According to Wiki, this is a bit of a misconception:

It is a popular belief that butterflies have very short life spans. However, butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year depending on the species. Many species have long larval life stages while others can remain dormant in their pupal or egg stages and thereby survive winters.

Butterflies may have one or more broods per year. The number of generations per year varies from temperate to tropical regions with tropical regions showing a trend towards multivoltinism.

Not that the butterfly’s life span really matters – for, as Laufer explains, it’s not the aim of collectors to house a population of living butterflies. Rather, collectors view butterflies as objects to be exhibited, much like artwork. In this way, the appeal of “owning” the corpse of a butterfly belonging to a protected or endangered species is much like that of owning a stolen piece of art.

As morbid as this attitude is, I’m not sure it’s all that different from that of butterfly conservations, who view their objects of admiration as pieces of a whole, cogs to be manipulated and controlled in order to achieve a desired result. A thousand Schaus Swallowtails, for example, aren’t significant as a thousand living beings, but as representatives of an endangered butterfly species. To conservationists, the beings are all interchangeable members of a species, much as their corpses are interchangeable pieces of valuables and artwork to poachers and collectors.

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Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 2

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Kelly Garbato (that’s me!) @ Animal Rights at Change.org: Intersectionality 101: Sexism, Racism, Speciesism, and More and Intersectionality and Animal Advocacy

Stephanie at Change.org kindly invited me to guest post at the Animal Rights blog; Intersectionality 101 and Intersectionality and Animal Advocacy are my first contributions. This is a two-part post in which I introduce the concept of intersectionality, explain how intersectionality can help us better understand (and dismantle) our exploitation of animals, and argue for the inclusion of other anti-“ism” activism in the animal advocacy movement. Please stop by and share your thoughts!

Also worth checking out: the new(ly visible) “oppression connections” post category on Animal Rights.

Briar Levit @ Bitch Blogs: Nicole Georges pays tribute to the Queer Animal Kingdom

Last week, I noted how media such as Green Porno, by celebrating non-human animals in all their sexual diversity, has the potential to liberate and uplift animals of all species.

In this vein, Briar Levit introduces us to Nicole Georges, “a zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist” (and also a contributor to Bitch magazine), whose latest project is “an exploration of the Queer Animal Kingdom” – as explained in this documentary:

Nicole Georges 5/1/09 from cat on Vimeo.

As far as feminist media goes, Bitch seems to be the most animal-friendly magazine out there (with a very vocal – albeit minority – vegan/vegetarian readership!), so if you’re so inclined, you can check ’em out here.

Igualdad Animal / Animal Equality: Press release about ‘The Running of the Nudes’ and PETA

Igualdad Animal (Animal Equality) describes itself as “an international non-profit organisation dedicating to gaining equal consideration and respect for animals. Founded in Madrid (Spain) in January 2006 by Sharon Nunez, Javier Moreno and Jose Valle, it is currently active in Spain, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.”

In this press release, Igualdad Animal offers its thoughts on PETA’s upcoming annual anti-bullfighting demonstration, “The Running of the Nudes.” Not surprisingly, the group is unimpressed, both with PETA’s animal welfare efforts, as well as their poor record vis-à-vis marginalized groups of humans, including women.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

American Bird Conservancy kicks its May BirdWire off with the following ominous blurb:

ABC Video Highlights Damage to Birds from Trap, Neuter, Release Programs

American Bird Conservancy has produced a new, short video “Trap, Neuter, and Release: Bad for Cats, Disaster for Birds.” Each year, feral and free-roaming cats kill hundreds of millions of our nation’s birds, putting additional pressure on the populations of many species that are in decline.

Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) programs catch feral cats, neuter them, and then release them back to their colonies, which are subsequently maintained by volunteers. In theory, cat colonies managed under TNR will diminish over time through attrition, and eventually disappear. In practice this is not the case.

View the video here.

(If you have difficulty viewing the high-definition version, please click here.)

Here’s the video, along with its description on You Tube:

Each year free-roaming and feral cats kill hundreds of million of birds in the United States. One controversial solution to deal with the feral cat problem is trap, neuter and release. However, evidence is growing that this method is not eliminating the cat colonies or the predation of birds and other wildlife. There are other problems created by feral cats as well including threats to human health, and public nuisance issues. For more information see American Bird Conservancy’s website at http://www.abcbirds.org

(If you can’t view the video, you can read more about ABC’s speciesist views vis-à-vis free-roaming cats here.)

Though I’m not sufficiently educated on the issue to offer a counter to ABC’s assertions* (except to say that the birds with which ABC is so concerned have no greater right to life than their predators, the domestic and feral cats; but the guardians of domestic cats should most definitely keep them indoors, both for their own safety, and that of wildlife), I have to wonder whether ABC also advocates a vegetarian or vegan diet for Westerners. After all, meat consumption is a major contributor to climate change – which in turn is “the greatest threat to birds and other wildlife in human history.” (So says the Audubon Society, another organization that, inexplicably, engages in omni indulgence, if not outright apologism.) Most likely, ABC stands to save more birds by persuading their fellow Americans to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet – or even just eating less of the stuff.

And yet.

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

And also, I’d love to hear Laura “Trap, Neuter and Find a Home” Reynold’s** ideas for rehoming all these feral cats when 1) most are not properly socialized to live indoors, with humans (they’re essentially wild animals, hello!); and 2) while between six and eight million cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters every year, only half leave alive. Seriously, what a stupid, uninformed thing to say.

One final thought: humans constitute a massive threat to wildlife. Unrivaled, perhaps. Remember, we’re the cause of climate change, “the greatest threat to birds and other wildlife in human history.”

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* Luckily, the HSUS and Alley Cat Allies are. For a rebuttal of ABC’s video, start with their websites.

** Of the Tropical Audubon Society; quoted from an interview in ABC’s video.

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Irreplaceable Alert: YOU can be part of the exhibit!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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From: Irreplaceable Wild – info [at] irreplaceablewild.org
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM
Subject: Send us your photo

Irreplaceable Alert: YOU can be part of the exhibit!

Take Part in a Photo Petition to Congress

Looking for a new way to get involved and help support wildlife at risk from global warming? Join the Irreplaceable Photo Petition!

We will be turning photos of YOU (caring members of the public) into a collective mosaic of a polar bear, the iconic image of wildlife struggling in a warming world, and presenting it to Congress to bring attention to this important cause.

Your photo can help support at-risk wildlife and be part of the Irreplaceable exhibit!

* Want to participate? Send (email) us your photo here: photomosaic [at] irreplaceablewild.org! (Make sure to include your name and state in the email).

The Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World campaign is dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about the impacts of global warming on wildlife through the beauty and power of images, combined with the inspiration and knowledge from science, religion, and conservation law.

Over the last year, the exhibit has traveled all over the country, and thousands of you have been inspired by these stunning photographs to take action and get involved.

Now it’s your turn to become part of the exhibit! We need thousands of people to donate their personal photographs to a unique “photo petition,” which will be delivered to our policymakers asking them to take steps to protect wildlife imperiled by global warming. The finished mosaic will be presented in May to Congress in Washington, DC, and displayed on the Irreplaceable website.

Thanks for your support, and your photos!

-Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World
www.irreplaceablewild.org

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ASPCA: Urge US Fish and Wildlife Service to Save the Sheldon Range Wild Horses!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

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From: ASPCA – website [at] aspca.org
Date: Jun 19, 2006 12:51 PM
Subject: Urge US Fish and Wildlife Service to Save the Sheldon Range Wild Horses!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been engineering a plan to eradicate the Sheldon Range wild horses in Nevada. USFWS claims that the Sheldon horses are non-indigenous and feral, and therefore not protected by law. The reasons given for their removal are to protect the water resources and to enhance the populations of pronghorn antelope and sage grouse, two species that bring in revenue from special hunting permits. However, a paper published by USFWS found that wild horses, in reasonable numbers, have no demonstrable adverse affect on these species.

USFWS’s plan, if implemented, would make it impossible for rescues and individuals to directly adopt small numbers of Sheldon horses, as has been done in the past. The “more efficient” plan allows for only mass adoptions of horses to three “carefully screened” agents. The agents will be paid $300 per horse to take them by the truckload. There is no doubt that many of these horses will end up at auction, and ultimately at slaughter. In fact, 40 Sheldon horses bought by one of the agents were recently “bought back” from a slaughter plant by the agent who had previously “adopted” them from USFWS.

Also disturbing, USFWS has announced that they are planning another gather of Sheldon wild horses in June–in the middle of foaling season! A gather at this time represents a cruel assault on the pregnant mares, who may abort their foals, as well as risks to the new-born foals, including foals being separated from their mothers, trampled to death, or run to exhaustion. USFWS has offered no explanation for the unusual timing for the upcoming gather.

America’s wild horses are an icon of the west. The Sheldon Range horses are the very same horses that made it possible for the US government to conquer the west.

Please contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service directly and ask them to put a halt to their plan to eradicate the SheldonRange wild horses! Go to http://www.aspca.org/site/R?i=Z3En07Wpq-qHjPFRxx0X-Q.. and write a letter to The Honorable H. Dale Hall, Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Click here to see a sample letter to Congress as a guide. http://www.aspca.org/site/R?i=cL8PKsdDl6N-Pf8LcBYD_w..

Also, please contact your senators and representatives today and ask them to urge USFWS to put a halt to the plan to eradicate the Sheldon Range wild horses until the proper environmental studies have been conducted, and until the safety of any captured horses can be ensured! http://www.aspca.org/site/R?i=36QX1rFRs5hU6I-WcDE9cg..

It is urgent that both Congress and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service hear from you immediately! Thank you for your support on this issue.

Center for Biological Diversity: Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

Friday, June 16th, 2006

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

On June 14, 36 U.S. representatives sent a letter urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The best available science shows that the polar bear may go extinct in the next century as global warming melts its sea-ice habitat, and listing the bear will provide important protections to ensure this is not its fate.

Please take a moment to call or write a short note thanking Congressman Inslee for his leadership on the congressional letter in support of protecting the polar bear. With so many politicians willing to sell out the environment in favor of the industries that finance them, it is important that we show our appreciation of those representatives who stand up for America’s endangered wildlife and ecosystems. Even a single sentence thanking Congressman Inslee for his efforts for the polar bear would let him know you noticed and appreciate it.

Go show the man some love.

Finally, some good news from Hawaii!

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

In case you haven’t yet heard:

Bush Plans Vast Protected Sea Area in Hawaii

President Bush will create the world’s largest protected marine area today, designating as a national monument a 1,200-mile-long chain of small Hawaiian islands and surrounding waters and reefs that are home to a spectacular array of sea life, senior administration officials said last night.

In his second use of the 100-year old National Antiquities Act, which empowers the president to protect important cultural or geological resources instantly, Mr. Bush will enact a suite of strict rules for the area, including a five-year phasing out of commercial and sport fishing, officials said.

The chain of largely uninhabited atolls, seamounts, reefs and shoals, which sweeps northwest from the big islands of Hawaii, is called the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is home to some 7,000 species of marine life, including endangered green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals and millions of breeding seabirds.

Before you vow to vote Republican in ’08, it’s worth noting that this doesn’t necessarily indicate a turning for Bush and his disastrous enviro policies:

Some environmentalists noted yesterday that the extra protection was an easy call for the administration, in part because there was little significant opposition in Hawaii or Washington. The move could also help the re-election prospects of Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s Republican governor, who last fall banned commercial activities in state waters in the area and endorsed the federal sanctuary plan.

They noted that there were only eight commercial fishing boats licensed to fish in the remote islands, and that rising fuel costs had made such trips less and less profitable.

Even so, it’s something to celebrate.

Go read the whole article via The New York Times.

UPDATE: MoJo blogger Bradford Plumer has a spot-on take of this story:

Gotcha. Fishermen don’t really care about this sanctuary, not much harm was being done to the reefs anyway, so Bush may as well go ahead and protect the damn thing, especially since he can now claim that he has “accomplished the single largest act of environmental conservation in history.” Our hero. Well, it’s good news regardless, although there are countless other reefs and coastal regions that still need actual protection. What are the odds of Bush acting on those? No, let’s not answer that.

While I’m certainly not falling for Bush’s green posturing, it’s still good (i.e., in a lukewarm kinda way) news nonetheless – at least one marine area is receiving federal protection, even if it isn’t currently in need of it. Could it be better? Sure. But with Bush at the helm, it could most definitely be worse.

Defenders of Wildlife – Have a howling good Father’s Day!

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Help Defenders of Wildlife save America’s wolves!

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Alaska’s majestic gray wolves are in grave danger. Marksmen use low-flying planes to chase the wolves, run them to exhaustion and shoot them to death at point-blank range. More than 150 wolves have already been killed this year!

Help us Save America’s Wolves! Sign the petition below to urge the Bush administration to end the brutal slaughter of these innocent animals, including pregnant mothers and young wolf pups by enforcing the Federal Airborne Hunting Act.

Click here to take action.

You can also send your Dad one of three Defenders of Wildlife eCards this Father’s Day!

Center for Biological Diversity: Predator Poisoning and Killing Planned In Wilderness Areas

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Predator Poisoning and Killing Planned In Wilderness Areas

The U.S. Forest Service just announced plans to relax rules that govern “predator control” in federal Wilderness areas and Research Natural Areas of our National Forests. The move would greatly expand the ways that wolves, coyotes, cougars, bears, foxes and other predators can be killed in these areas, and it signals a very disturbing shift in the way our public land is managed.

The proposed rule would permit aerial gunning and motorized vehicles in Wilderness areas to trap and kill predators and meet nebulous “wildlife management” objectives, which would be created by industry-driven “collaborative groups.” The rule would also allow notoriously dangerous “M-44” cyanide guns to be used in Wilderness areas, even though these devises have accidentally killed thousands of family pets and non-targeted wildlife. Please take a minute to write the Forest Service and demand that it reverse this disastrous plan – and instead put its energy and resources towards ensuring these animals continue to grace the wild.

To learn more, click here.

To take action, click here.

WWF: Good News – 8 of 10 Sumatran elephants have been released!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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From: WWF Conservation Action Network – alerts [at] action.worldwildlife.org
Date: Jun 14, 2006 10:59 AM
Subject: Good News — Elephants Released

Good news! Eight of 10 endangered Sumatran elephants that had been captured by government translocation teams were recently released into Tesso Nilo National Park, seven weeks after they were found chained to trees without food or water in central Riau, Indonesia. However, a firm commitment to secure their habitat is still needed.

WWF Activists Spoke Out:

Nearly 38,000 people from around the world signed a WWF petition urging the Indonesian government to end all logging, encroachment, and conversion of elephant forests in Riau, and asking the government to expand Tesso Nilo National Park.

The Elephants’ Saga:

Local forestry officials had captured the elephants after they had damaged crops and homes near Libo Forest. WWF, which provided daily care and medical treatment for the elephants after their discovery, accompanied the authorities as they released the elephants to ensure that the release was done safely.

Of the 10 elephants found on March 21, en eight-year-old male died of an acute infection and a pregnant female escaped after four weeks. The remaining eight were released into Tesso Nilo National Park in good health after intensive medical care provided by WWF, but in late May WWF learned that one of the females that had been treated for tetanus died not far from where she had been released.

Implementation Needed Soon for Tesso Nilo Expansion:

WWF is concerned that Tesso Nilo is not a suitable release site as it is too small to provide habitat for more elephants. WWF fears that the release of the elephants into the park without an expansion and a plan to stop encroachment will simply shift the human-elephant conflict to other villages near Tesso Nilo.

Fortunately, good news came at the end of May when the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and the government of Riau Province publicly committed to expand Tesso Nilo from 94,000 acres to 247,000 acres, as WWF activists had urged. This will provide much larger habitat for the elephants and help ensure that future conflicts with humans can be reduced. WWF urges the governments to officially decree and begin implementing the park expansion as soon as possible.

WWF applauds the quick action of the Indonesian authorities in showing a strong commitment to protect remaining elephant habitats in Riau and also prosecuting those who have killed elephants or destroyed elephant habitats. Recent police seizures of ivory in Medan, North Sumatra, are a good indication of this commitment. However, we are still calling on the Indonesian government to adopt and enforce legitimate human-elephant policy and protocol from here on out.

Thank you to everyone who took action. With your help, we are making a real difference.

Sincerely,

Sybille Klenzendorf, PhD
Species Conservation Program
World Wildlife Fund
Washington, D.C.

Learn more about

* The ten captured elephants in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125516

* A project to use squads of domestic elephants to keep wild elephants away from people in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125400

* The creation of Tesso Nilo National Park, which includes some of the last remaining forest for Sumatran elephants: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125401

* The launch of a plan to reduce human-elephant conflicts in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125519

* The highlights of WWF’s 2005 work on the islands of Southeast Asia: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125417

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actionquestions [at] takeaction.worldwildlife.org

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NRDC – Your immediate action needed to save the polar bear!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The NRDC would like you to “Tell the Bush administration to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.”

Perfectly at home in one of the world’s most forbidding environments, polar bears spend their summers roaming the Arctic on large chunks of floating ice. They drift for hundreds of miles, finding mates, hunting for seals and fattening themselves up for the winter. Without these thick rafts of sea ice, the world’s largest bear could not survive. Yet at this moment, the polar bear’s Arctic habitat is literally melting away beneath it due to global warming.

Over the past three decades, more than a million square miles of sea ice — an area the size of Norway, Denmark and Sweden combined — has disappeared. Scientists predict that, if the current rate of global warming continues, most, if not all, of the bears’ summer sea ice will be gone by 2100. As a result, the world’s polar bears could face global extinction by the end of this century. […]

To ensure a future for the polar bear, NRDC joined other groups last year in a lawsuit to compel the Bush administration to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the administration has agreed to open a formal review process, and is now considering whether to propose federal protections for the bear. Once these crucial safeguards are in place, the administration will be required by law to ensure that any new policy or action does not jeopardize the survival of polar bears or harm their critical habitat.

BioGems Defenders are urging the Bush administration to propose federal protections for the polar bear and are working to safeguard key polar bear habitat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Western Arctic Reserve.

Click here to take action, or go to the NRDC web site to learn more.

Save the Manatee Club – Protest Manatee Downlisting!

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org
Date: Jun 9, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: Protest Manatee Downlisting!

Action By State Agency Puts Manatees In Great Jeopardy

We Need Your Immediate Help!

Despite a huge public outcry, on June 7, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted unanimously to downlist manatees from Endangered to Threatened status.

This action has little to do with how manatees are actually faring in the wild and everything to do with pressure from developers, the marine industries, and go-fast boaters. The FWC has projected that the manatee population could plummet to half its numbers within the foreseeable future. Now, boat speed zones can be rolled back, and marina and coastal development can move forward at an even faster pace. More and more boats will gain access to Florida’s already overcrowded and dangerous waterways, and there will be more pollution from stormwater runoff.

Although the FWC is vehemently denying that the manatee’s Threatened status will result in less protection, this is emphatically untrue, and a marine industry representative speaking at the FWC meeting was already asking for the boat speed zones to be reviewed for weakening protections.

Save the Manatee Club, along with 16 other organizations, has filed a legal petition asking the FWC to fix its imperiled species classification system.

What You Can Do:

-Please help protect manatees by sending a quick online letter to FWC’s executive director, Ken Haddad, the FWC commissioners, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The e-mail protests the manatee’s reclassification and asks the FWC to accept our legal petition to fix its imperiled species classification system. You can also get more background information on this issue.

Click here to send an online letter

-Please make a donation now. You will be helping us do whatever it takes to defend manatees from a self-serving politically driven process that not only devalues these beloved animals, but also puts all of Florida’s imperiled wildlife at greater risk.

Click here to donate now

-Please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC
Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!
Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along
Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?
You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org

Save the Manatee Club: Citizen Call-In Day on June 6th and FWCC Meeting on June 7th

Monday, June 5th, 2006

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org
Date: Jun 5, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: Reminder: Help Manatees!

Reminder: Help Support Manatees!

Citizen Call-In Day on June 6th and FWCC Meeting on June 7th

Hi Kelly,

On Tuesday, June 6th, please remember to call the FWC Commissioners and Governor Jeb Bush and say the following:

Please delay the decision on downlisting manatees and delisting bald eagles until the state fixes their imperiled species classification system.

Phone Numbers:

FWC Commissioners: 850-487-3796

Governor Jeb Bush: 850-488-7146

On Wednesday, June 7th, the FWC Commissioners will meet and vote on whether to downlist manatees in Florida. If you live in Florida, please attend:

West Palm Beach Marriott
1001 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-833-1234

There is no “time certain” for our issue, however, it appears from FWCC’s agenda that the manatee downlisting discussion and vote will come up on June 7 by early or mid afternoon.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please call Janice Nearing, Director of Public Relations, at 1-800-432-5646 or e-mail jnearing [at] savethemanatee [dot] org.

Thank you for helping on this critical issue for manatees!

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along
Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?
You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org

DawnWatch: Consumer boycott of Japan over whaling recommended by CSM — 6/2/06

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jun 2, 2006 5:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Consumer boycott of Japan over whaling recommended by CSM — 6/2/06

The Friday, June 2, Christian Science Monitor (a highly respected internationally distributed paper) carries an editorial (the paper’s view) headed, “Save the whales – by not buying Japanese.”

It tells us:

“Japan has spent heavily to influence poor countries that are members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). It just announced a fresh $410 million aid package to South Pacific nations. Its aim is to reverse a 1986 IWC ban that has allowed many whale species to begin a long, slow recovery. In mid-June, the 66 nations of the regulatory body will gather, and Japan is expected to succeed in winning the votes of many cash-poor IWC members. Overturning the ban requires a 75 percent vote, but Japan may first secure a 51 percent vote to conduct balloting in secret.

“The prospect of the IWC allowing the slaughter of whale species not fully recovered has yet to raise much fuss in many antiwhaling nations. But it should, given the importance of whales in the health of oceans.

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