Thurs 8/15: Two actions for wildlife and an update on our favorite CA bills!

(If you missed the CA legislation actions against the proliferation of plastic pollution and the mysterious and possibly toxic chemicals behind the words “fragrance” and “flavoring” in your hygiene products and cosmetics earlier this week, go here. Also, check out bill updates from 8/15/19 at the bottom.)

Action #1 – Call the Governor to pass AB 273 into law!

(Guest action from Jim Hines, Sierra Club) GREAT NEWS!…. the California state senate passed AB 273 to ban the trapping of California native mammals for fur.
This bill is a one of the top priority bills in the current legislative session for the Sierra Club.
Many of us walked the halls of the state senate advocating for the bills passage and all of YOUR voices were heard.
Now the bill goes to Governor Newsom for his signature to become law.
Please Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 and ask him to sign AB 273.

Action #2 – Let’s use the “Congressional Review Act” against the GOP’s attack on the Endangered Species Act. Also, call Gavin!

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Fri 7/19: Thanks to everyone who wrote a comment in defense of wolves! You helped set a record.

Video from the Center for Biological Diversity. Their members wrote over 650,000 comments.

1.8 million people spoke up for wolves!

(From the Animal Welfare Institute) “Nearly 2 million Americans, joined by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and a broad coalition of animal welfare and environmental organizations, have registered their opposition to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposal to gut Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves across the contiguous United States.

The USFWS received more than 1.8 million public comments opposing the wolf delisting plan by its deadline yesterday. The total number of comments ranks among the highest ever submitted on a federal decision involving an endangered species. In addition, 86 members of Congress, 100 scientists, 230 businesses, and 367 veterinary professionals all submitted letters rebuking the administration’s plan to cede management of the species to state agencies.

Upon reviewing the submitted comments, the USFWS will prepare and publish a final rule in the Federal Register.”

This isn’t over yet…

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Sun 7/14 – Mon 7/15: We’re up to over 600,000 comments to protect the wolves!!! But there are a lot of copies…Let’s pile on some new ones. Deadline – Monday 7/15, 11:59 pm EST

Action – If you think your comment might be considered a copy, please submit it again with more personal add-ons. Or try writing one for the first time. 

Way back in April, we asked everyone to write comments to prevent the Trump Administration from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves and declaring open season of an animal that is still functionally extinct in much of its former range. (Why? See “Background” below) We asked that people read other people’s comments here for inspiration if they needed it but to channel their 7th grade creative writing class and mix it up. The government will throw out DUPLICATE/OR NEAR DUPLICATE COMMENTS.  However…There are still a lot of exact duplicates!
If you feel that maybe your comment will be considered a copy, or just have some writing-zen going, please submit again.  (These are the starts for what look like the most popular copies)

  • (David Bernhardt) I am alarmed that the Trump Administration is ..”
  • I am appalled by the Department of the Interiors decision to strip …”
  • Scientists estimate that hundreds of thousands of wolves once inhabited …”

The proposed regulation to wipe out wolves is here

Howl back/comment here

Deadline this Monday (tomorrow- 7/15 ) at 11:59 PM EST.

Walk through these quick questions to spice up your comment with personal insights… Be passionate, be concerned, be snarky, be you!

Tues 5/14: Protect our wolves – Part 3. More time = more comments! Also, call your state senator on CA anti-trapping bill AB 273!

Part #1 – Deadline for Wolf comments has been EXTENDED!!! – Jul 15th!

Message from Jim Hines of the Sierra Club:  “Greetings Activists: We did it…..after our official appeal and my recent face-to-face meeting with the new Interior Secretary, just minutes ago, the Secretary’s office announced that the public comment period for the proposed delisting (removal of federal endangered species act protections) for gray wolves in the U.S. has been extended from May 14, 2019 to July 15, 2019!  This administration has not only provided very short public comment periods but …refused to provide any public hearing venues for people to attend, learn about the issue and comment. (Note: the Sierra Club and our partners on the gray wolf issue set up 7 public hearings on the gray wolf issue across the nation in May and they were well attended and we had a court reporter take down the comments and we sent them onto the Dept. of the Interior). All of the above is the result of citizen action (YOU) at work, public pressure put on the administration to get public comments and public hearings on the many issues which matter to all Americans.” – For the wild, Jim.

Write a comment: Let’s not squander this hard-won gift of time. In Part 1 on Friday, 4/26, we asked you to write a comment using this link to prevent the Trump Administration from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves and declaring open season of an animal that is still functionally extinct in much of its former range.  Please join in and share! There are currently only 78,373 comments.

Part #3 – Stop the trapping our wild critters for “fun” and commercial profit. “YES” on AB 273!

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Tues 5/7: Wolf Protection – Part 2. Your taxes fund the slaughter of millions of wild animals a year…

Deadline for Wolf comments is coming up – 5/14!

In Part 1 on Friday, 4/26, we asked you to write a comment to prevent the Trump Administration from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves and declaring open season of an animal that is still functionally extinct in much of its former range. (Why? See Part 2, below) Please join in and share! There are currently only 55,000 comments.

In Part  2, below, we ask our own government to stop killing them, along with millions of other animals, with our tax dollars.

Part 2 – How much of your tax money goes to snuffing wildlife? Or “How much does a burger cost, really?”

The USDA Wildlife Services spends over $100 million a year to exterminate over 2.3 million native and wild animals a year at the request of ranchers who bring us “cheap” hamburgers. Their targets are usually predators like wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears, and mountains lions, but the collateral damage includes thousands of non-target animals and birds, including endangered species and household pets, who are trapped or poisoned by mistake. Even people have been injured when they’ve accidently triggered spring-loaded M-44 cyanide cartridges meant to kill coyotes.

A growing body of research has found the agency’s war to protect livestock against predators is altering ecosystems in ways that diminish biodiversity, degrade habitat and invite disease. The public’s attitude towards wild animals has also evolved. “People want to see bears. They want to see wolves. They want to see mountain lions. It’s part of the natural heritage of the United States. We should be stewards of the system, not wiping out species and damaging ecosystems.” – Michael Mares, president of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Action #1 – Vote “YES” on HR 2471/S 1301 – Ban sodium cyanide and Compound 1080 poisons for predator control.

Continue reading “Tues 5/7: Wolf Protection – Part 2. Your taxes fund the slaughter of millions of wild animals a year…”

Fri 4/26: Howl for the wolves! – Part 1. Goal: quarter million comments by 5/14.

Action #1 – Stop Trump from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves. – write a comment (Deadline 5/14) 

But first, a message and a meeting…

(A message from Jim Hines, Sierra Club California/Nevada Wildlife Team)
The howl of the wolf in the American wilderness may be heard no more.
A recently released proposal by the Trump Administration would remove all federal endangered species act protections for wolves and this opens the door for a number of individual western states to allow hunting of wolves. My Sierra Club wildlife team is working on getting people to the 7 upcoming public hearings across America on this issue. We are also asking people to submit their written comments using this link.

Help us protect wolves.

UPDATE: CA PUBLIC HEARING TO PROTECT GRAY WOLVES CANCELLED! 

Continue reading “Fri 4/26: Howl for the wolves! – Part 1. Goal: quarter million comments by 5/14.”

Tues – 1/29: How has climate change affected you?

(Photo – Thomas Fire burns near Meiners Oaks in the Ojai Valley.)

This is our chance to let Congress know how climate change is affecting our lives.

(From Jim Hines, Los Padres Sierra Club)

Greetings Climate Activists:

 Our good friend congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources will be holding a month long series of hearings on the climate change crisis.

And he wants to hear from YOU. How has climate change impacted YOU.

Please share your thoughts with Chair Grijalva here.

Chair Grijalva will be using your comments and testimony from the hearings to develop far reaching climate change legislation this year

Jim

This is a nation-wide appeal. Share are far as you can.

 

Fri – 1/25: Part 1 – Why do we keep killing Flipper and Friends? Comment today.

The government site appears dead, their offices are deserted and no one has responded to our comments from 2 days ago to extend the deadline due to faulty links. Assume it’s still due today.

Action: Because our Navy keeps wanting to. Deadline supposedly today (1/25)

Navy sonar harms whales and dolphins. Watch this 2007 video shot by the Center for Whale Research in Washington State. Hear what the sonar sounds like and see what it does to these marine mammals.

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Mon 12/17: Three actions today.

Two proposed rules changes close out today and some continued support for your legislators to do the right thing.

Those of us who aren’t scientists may feel we’re not qualified to write about methane pollution, or offshore oil drilling. Not true. Skim through the postings below to get an understanding of what’s being proposed. Stop and look at the links that interest you and reference them in your posts if you wish.

Your comment can be broad-brush : America’s reputation, our economy, government corruption, unbridled corporate power and greed, the environment, the future. Or just one aspect that affects you deeply: your air, your water, your joy, your health and the health of those you love.

There are no wrong answers. The only wrong action is letting this administration think that we don’t care enough to stop them.

Action #1 – DEADLINE TODAY! – December 17th, 11:59 EST

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Mon – 11/19: “Mommy, what’s a wolf?” Update on the war on endangered species.

This is what happens when science and the knowledge of experts is respected.

This is what happens when they’re not.

Message from Jim Hines, Sierra Club.

Greetings Wildlife Advocates:

Continue reading “Mon – 11/19: “Mommy, what’s a wolf?” Update on the war on endangered species.”