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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Mon 5/6: Join in to stop the reopening of three oil platforms off Santa Barbara and 24/7 trucking of crude oil on Hwy. #101!

On January 28, 2019, protesters from all our coastal communities, including Santa Barbara,  gathered together in Camarillo to protest against offshore oil leases at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Our protests have an effect. Time for us to stand indivisible again in SB!

Action – Attend the Santa Barbara Planning Commission hearing Monday May 6th

Date: Monday, May 6th
Time: Gather at 5:00 pm for pre-meeting rally.
Where: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu  Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • Sign on to this action letter here.
  • Thank our federal legislators for bills to stop all west coast offshore drilling here.
  • Go to this meeting. Facebook event listing here, RSVP: here.

What’s happening: The Santa Barbara Planning Commission will consider ExxonMobil’s “Interim Trucking” proposal to restart three oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, all of which have been shut-down since the disastrous 2015 Plains Pipeline oil spill, and to transport crude oil to their refinery with a continuous stream of tanker trucks on local highways, including Hwy. 101. The project page on County’s website is here. The draft supplimental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is here. Exxon’s project description here.

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Wed 9/5: THE DEADLINE IS UP TOMORROW – 9/6! They want to kill bear cubs in their dens. It’s just another day in GOP-world.

This rule got a reprieve from its original deadline, but it’s really up tomorrow…

You have until Sep 6, at 11:59 PM ET to tell them that this is wrong.

This is not hunting. This is the lazy and inhumane slaughter of key predator animals necessary to keep natural ecosystems in balance in areas where they should be safe.

The Interior Department is planning on easing regulations on “sport” hunting in Alaska national reserves. The new rule would allow bear cubs to be killed along with their mothers, caribou to be killed while swimming, and wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaking next to a dead animal head, argues that this is merely a move to align federal regulations with Alaska state law, while others say that the rollback would allow for cruel and inhumane hunting practices. The proposed rule has a 60-day open comment period which ends tonight.
Rule being discussed is here and you can check on the statistics of responses.

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Thurs 7/19: Update – Date extended – Casual cruelty towards the young and defenseless is now a hallmark of the GOP. Stop this! Comments due Sept. 6th.

We originally published this on 5/31. Deadline was extended to Sept. 6th.

This is not hunting. This is the lazy and inhumane slaughter of key predator animals necessary to keep natural ecosystems in balance in areas where they should be safe.

The Interior Department is planning on easing regulations on “sport” hunting in Alaska national reserves. The new rule would allow bear cubs to be killed along with their mothers, caribou to be killed while swimming, and wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaking next to a dead animal head, argues that this is merely a move to align federal regulations with Alaska state law, while others say that the rollback would allow for cruel and inhumane hunting practices. The proposed rule has a 60-day open comment period which IS COMING TO AN END THIS Friday, September 6th.
Rule being discussed is here. There are fewer than 75,000 comments! Please add more! Let’s make this a 6-figure response!

Comment here.
Check out other comments here for inspiration.

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Thurs 5/31: They tear babies from mothers at the border. Now they want to kill bear cubs in their dens. It’s just another day in GOP-world. Comments due Sept. 6th.

(Quote from here.)

This is not hunting. This is the lazy and inhumane slaughter of key predator animals necessary to keep natural ecosystems in balance in areas where they should be safe.

The Interior Department is planning on easing regulations on “sport” hunting in Alaska national reserves. The new rule would allow bear cubs to be killed along with their mothers, caribou to be killed while swimming, and wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaking next to a dead animal head, argues that this is merely a move to align federal regulations with Alaska state law, while others say that the rollback would allow for cruel and inhumane hunting practices. The proposed rule has a 60-day open comment period which began last week.
Rule being discussed is here.

Comment here. Continue reading “Thurs 5/31: They tear babies from mothers at the border. Now they want to kill bear cubs in their dens. It’s just another day in GOP-world. Comments due Sept. 6th.”