Mon 1/28: Ban all commercial fur-trapping in CA. “Yes” on AB 273.

Action: Ask your CA assembly member to cosponsor a new law to stop commercial fur trapping.

San Francisco, once a hub in the global fur trade, banned the sale of fur last year. California lawmakers also are considering a bill that would ban the sale of fur statewide. Let’s get the statewide effort started now.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Assembly Member [____] to cosponsor and vote “YES” for AB 273 – Fur-bearing and nongame mammals: recreational and commercial fur trapping: prohibition. Continue reading “Mon 1/28: Ban all commercial fur-trapping in CA. “Yes” on AB 273.”

Fri 1/4: Today is IT for comments on oil drilling in a pristine and perilous area filled with endangered animals. What’s not to write about?

Action  – Write a comment to stop this cancer in the heart of an endangered polar bear habitat. You have until 11:59 EST to do it.

Trump and his fossil-fuel supporters want to put an oil rig in the middle of a wildlife refuge filled with endangered species. Monster storms,  rising seas, endangered species, melting ice, an oil company known to cut corners and responsible for a 4-month long leak, polar bears  heading back to land, where they will encounter new roads, above-ground pipelines and tasty, yet dangerous humans….

What could go wrong?

  • Comment here by tonight Jan. 4th, 2018 11:59 PM ET.
  • Need more information to write, or comment examples to look at? Go here.

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Wed. 12/19: Deadline for comments on oil drilling in a pristine and perilous area filled with endangered animals – EXTENDED to Jan 4th! What’s not to write about?

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended the public comment period re 2019 Beaufort Sea oil & gas lease sale. Due to disruptions caused by the Nov. 30 Anchorage-area earthquake, the comment period will now end Jan 4, 2019, 11:59pm EST

Update 12.20: Additional resources under “Resources on Endangered Animals”

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Fri 12/14: “Once upon a time, there were bears as white as ice…” – Deadline to stop arctic drilling, Dec. 17th.

(While our attention is elsewhere… (Trump: orange or striped jumpsuit? Texas judge screws the ACA, Butina is going to testify? Mulvaney is chief of staff? )
…the dark business of deconstructing our protections continues unabated as corporate-friendly and extremist-backed rule-change proposals roll off the assembly line every day.)

Today, we’re asking you to write comments against drilling for oil in the federal waters off Alaska. 

Trump tells us lots of fairy tales…Let’s tell one of our own. A future fairy tale…
Once upon a time, when there were bears as white as ice, high priests worshipped a dark power that dwelt below the earth, a power made of the very essence of what had ruled the earth before the history of man. The priests searched for help in their endless quest for this dark power, which, when restored to the surface, and harnessed to man’s desires, brought them great wealth. An alliance was made with those who ruled the upper lands, those who were the most venal and uncaring of the true nature of that the priests controlled. That alliance begat a ruler, who begat a beast of rules and laws, named for the insatiable dark power it craved.

And as this beast grew, it demanded sacrifice. Sacrifice of the animals of old. Sacrifice of the land. Sacrifice of the water. Sacrifice of the air. Sacrifice of the oldest, the youngest, and the weakest of mankind’s children. Sacrifice until all the dark power had returned, resting on the ground, floating in the oceans, flying with the winds, where it would change the very nature of the earth below and the heavens above. Sacrifice until even the richest and most powerful, gripping hard the dead magic of their wealth, were swept away. And the dark power returned to rule the upper lands, in a time again free of man.  

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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:

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Tues – 11/13: The legacy of the GOP – making endangered animals extinct. – CALL THIS MORNING!

Action – They are voting to exterminate the endangered gray wolf today in the House. Call your representative this morning!

Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement: “Some members of Congress and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are moving to remove federal protections from wildlife threatened with extinction. This is shameful pandering to a vocal minority of special interests and an affront to American taxpayers who have supported and underwritten decades of efforts restoring these species. The duty of the federal government is to protect threatened and endangered species, not to pander to trophy hunters and predator-control agents.”

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask rep. [_____] to vote “NO” on HR 6784 – “Manage our Wolves” Act.

Contacts
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Background

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Mon 9/24: Time is up today! The Endangered Species Act is endangered, in three acts.

Jim Hines of the Sierra Club has written us about three proposed regulatory changes that affect the Endangered Species Act.

“These [three actions] and other soon-to-be-coming regulations rollbacks are nothing more than part of a full scale effort by the Trump Administration to eliminate the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), an act which has worked just fine for 50 years saving thousands of plants, animals, birds and marine mammals from extinction…
…[U.S. Senator John Barrosso (R-WY) and Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, among others] are dedicated to a complete rollback of any regulation which protects wildlife in our nation and they are doing this all for the fossil fuels industry.”

This is a great video from 2012 that describes what the Endangered Species Act has been so far.

Action #1 – They keep moving the battlefield, thinking they’ll lose us…

  • The GOP hid environmental devastation in funding bills in what  could only be described as environmental war crimes. Our post on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is here.
  • They are hiding extinction in deceptively-named legislation (here) and (here)
  • They also like to kill threatened species abroad (here)

But until today’s deadline of September 24th, we are now concentrating on three proposed rule changes that would severely undermine the Endangered Species Act (earlier post here).

Alter this to sound like you and post herehere and here:
Written Script: I strongly oppose any weakening of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as currently proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The ESA was adopted in 1973, with overwhelming bipartisan support, and it has been very successful in preserving animal and plant species in the US since then. It is also overwhelmingly supported by the American people who want to see our environment protected and a natural heritage left for our children and grandchildren. The proposed changes would completely undercut the effectiveness of the ESA by overwhelming underfunded federal agencies tasked with making conservation decisions. The proposed changes would benefit a small group of commercial interests (oil and gas extraction, mining, ranching) to the detriment of our nation’s natural heritage and the survival of the species with which we share this land. This would destroy the effectiveness of the ESA’s intended goal of preserving species.
Comments must all be posted by TODAY, Sept. 24th!

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