Take Action for Wolves, Sea Turtles and Manatees

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Originally Posted:  9August 2011

Take Action for Wolves, Sea Turtles and Manatees

FROM Defenders of Wildlife

ACTION

Speak out for imperiled animals.

In April 2011, the U.S. Congress tucked an unprecedented “wolf de-listing rider” into the federal budget bill and it passed. Write your representative now and urge him or her to oppose the proposed House Interior Appropriations Bill with provisions that threaten wild Mexican gray wolves and endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles with extinction and pose a significant threat of increased injury and death for gentle manatees.

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I strongly urge you to OPPOSE the House Interior Appropriations bill.

This bill is an all-out attack on the natural treasures that are our children's inheritance. I specifically object to these amendments...

  • Representative Steve Pearce (NM) has introduced an amendment to end lobo recovery efforts, essentially dooming the 50 remaining Mexican gray wolves in the wild to extinction.
  • Representative Blake Farenthold (TX) has proposed blocking efforts to reduce the speed limits on beaches where threatened and endangered sea turtles already reeling from the effects of last year's BP oil disaster nest.
  • Boat strikes are a leading cause of death for Florida's threatened manatees, but Representative Richard Nugent (FL) wants to block a Fish and Wildlife Service rule to prevent boat collisions and end the hazing of these gentle sea cows.
  • Representative Jeff Denham (CA) has introduced an amendment to block restoration of salmon in the San Joaquin River.
  • Representatives Pearce and Randy Neugebauer (TX) are fighting to prohibit vital Endangered Species Act protections for highly vulnerable lesser prairie chickens and dunes sagebrush lizards.
  • Representatives Paul Gosar (AZ) and Rob Bishop (UT) have proposed amendments that would exempt the border patrol from laws and regulations that protect imperiled wildlife and federal conservation lands like our national parks and wildlife refuges.

The bill also proposes deep cuts in funding for our National Wildlife Refuges and key conservation programs to keep our imperiled wildlife and wild lands safe.

Sacrificing our wildlife and environment in the name of fiscal austerity is unacceptable and could result in increased costs in the future to clean our air and water and keep us healthy. Please oppose this awful bill.

Thank you for considering my comments. I look forward to your prompt reply.

Sincerely,


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