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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #90 on: September 27, 2018, 05:09:14 pm »


September 27, 2018

Scientists Oppose Trump Attack on Endangered Species Act

Polar bears

The Trump 🦀 administration 🐉🦕🦖 has proposed brutal 👹 changes to the Endangered Species Act. But hundreds of scientists and organizations, including the Center, are fighting back. We've called on the administration to withdraw the proposed rules, which ignore science, would strip protection from many species, and would speed up habitat destruction.

And you've spoken up too: On Monday we delivered more than 56,000 comments from Center supporters, defending the Act, to Interior Secretary Zinke. Thank you. We'll keep you posted.
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #91 on: September 27, 2018, 05:21:20 pm »
 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Yellowstone grizzly bear cubs

Victory: A Safe Future for Yellowstone Grizzlies 🐻

We're still buzzing with excitement over Monday's historic court ruling that restored Endangered Species Act protection to Yellowstone grizzlies.

The federal judge's decision to overturn a 2017 Trump administration order that stripped protection from these threatened bears is a massive victory. The Center for Biological Diversity, with our environmental and tribal allies, has been fighting that order since it was issued. Monday's decision not only returns protection but also halts plans in Wyoming and Idaho to hunt more than 20 bears.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this fight. We couldn't have done it without you.

But we fully expect the Trump administration to appeal this decision — and your gift to our Predator Defense Fund will help us defend this lifesaving victory.

Pacific fisher

A Crucial Win for Pacific Fishers

Thanks to another court victory won by the Center and allies, Pacific fishers now have a better shot at Endangered Species Act protection.

Relatives of minks and otters, Pacific fishers once lived in forests from British Columbia to Southern California. But intense logging and trapping drove their numbers way down, and now only two naturally occurring populations are left in California and Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed federal protection for the fishers in 2014, but in 2016 arbitrarily withdrew that proposal. So we challenged the decision, and a judge just ruled the agency must reconsider by March 2019. Hopefully that means these amazing, forest-dwelling creatures will finally get the protections they so badly need.

Read more in High Country News.
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #92 on: October 02, 2018, 01:27:09 pm »

Do Elephants Thrive in the Wild?

In many parts of the world, elephant populations are threatened, due to demand for ivory and loss of habitat. A comprehensive study, however, suggests that protected areas may offer real hope for both Asian and African elephants.

According to the results of the six-year study, elephants living in protected areas of Kenya and Myanmar have lifespans that are at least twice as long as those housed in zoos.

In fact, even elephants born and raised in zoos tended to have shorter lifespans than those captured in the wild and later taken to zoos.

The study's authors point to factors such as obesity and stress as likely reasons why elephants do not survive nearly as long in zoos as in protected areas of the wild.

A trunkload of elephant facts: 🐘

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal, at an average of 22 months.

Only cartoon elephants eat peanuts; real ones never touch the stuff.  ;D

No Asian elephant has ever been filmed running; they appear to always keep at least two feet on the ground.

https://www.wisegeek.com/do-elephants-thrive-in-the-wild.htm

We elephants belong in the protected (FROM HUMANS) wild, NOT in a prison you humans call a zoo.
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #93 on: October 03, 2018, 09:31:45 pm »


October 3, 2018

See the Great Migration come alive in this video featuring our East Africa safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.

WATCH: East Africa's migration





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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #94 on: October 11, 2018, 05:52:09 pm »


For Immediate Release, October 6, 2018

Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org

Statement on Kavanaugh's Confirmation to Supreme Court

TUCSON, Ariz.— Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, released this statement after the Senate’s vote today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice:

This is a profound and shameful moment for the U.S. Senate and the Trump administration that will have disturbing ripple effects for decades to come. By brushing aside serious and credible allegations, Republicans in the Senate are doubling down on an ugly kind of politics that rewards the powerful and pushes everyone else, including women, to the margins.

The U.S. Supreme Court will now tilt firmly in favor of right-wing ideologies, corporations, perpetrators and those to whom the notion of civil rights for all is a nuisance rather than a necessity.

“Beyond that Kavanaugh’s vote on Supreme Court will have awful consequences for clean air and water, wildlife, climate and anyone struggling against pollution in their own communities. Time and again, he has sided with corporations and other powerful interests when it comes to wildlife and the environment. That will continue. 🤬

“But Trump and his network of corruption shouldn’t rest easy. The resistance will galvanize and strengthen during this dark hour. We’ll link arms, speak louder, get more organized, demand more justice and fight harder than we ever have before. Too much is at stake now to do anything less.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/brett-kavanaugh-10-06-2018.php
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #95 on: October 20, 2018, 01:50:02 pm »
 

Oct. 19, 2018 01:03PM EST

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park

Leaked Trump 🦀 Administration Memo: Keep Public in Dark About How Endangered Species Decisions Are Made 🤬

In a Trump administration memorandum leaked to the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing its staff to withhold, or delay releasing, certain public records about how the Endangered Species Act is carried out. That includes records where the advice of career wildlife scientists may be overridden by political appointees in the Trump administration.

"This is a clear attempt to stifle science and boost Trump's anti-wildlife agenda," said Meg Townsend, the Center for Biological Diversity's open government attorney. "The public has every right to know how our government makes decisions about the fate of our most endangered species. This memo keeps the public in the dark and creates the perfect environment for political meddling."

The memo recommends that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service limit the information released to the public for decisions regarding species protected under the Endangered Species Act. It provides a list of types of records for agency staff to withhold, including drafts of policies and rules, briefing documents and decision meeting notes and summaries.

The agency has already implemented aspects of this guidance in actions like the Keystone XL pipeline construction lawsuit, and in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision last year to prematurely remove endangered species protection from Yellowstone grizzly bears, as the memo confirms.

"Directing the agency to hide science violates every notion of the scientific process, which is supposed to be open and reviewable," said Townsend. "If the Service covers up dissenting views, it can get away with all kinds of bad decisions that could do enormous damage to some of America's most imperiled plants and animals."

As this memo recommends that agency staff take a less transparent approach, Trump's anti-wildlife agenda is being pushed at all levels of government. Removing the public's ability to know what its government is doing—which is contrary to the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act—means that it will be more difficult to legally challenge agency actions that harm imperiled wildlife.

"This Trump memo would send all future Fish and Wildlife Service decisions into a black hole and result in more animals going extinct," Townsend said. "If the Trump administration would simply let the Fish and Wildlife Service follow the law and support decisions with science, it wouldn't need the memo or have anything to hide."

https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-endangered-species-decisions-2613623876.html
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #96 on: October 23, 2018, 02:59:16 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Domestic animals are also rescued by these kind, noble people 🕊.

The story of a special animal sanctuary, where even pigeons are VIPs


October 22, 2018

In the small Serbian town of Niš is a place that makes my heart glow. It’s called Zoo Planet. It’s a wonderful haven where kind volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release mostly small wild animals.

But Zoo Planet has a problem. As more and more people learn about the good work it does, more and more animals arrive and not all of them can be released into the neighbouring countryside – two rescued roebuck for example would never make it on their own because roebuck hunting is legal in Serbia.

The animals need food and medical supplies and Zoo Planet needs more land. We have promised to help, but we can only do so with the support of animal lovers like you.

Animals from all over Serbia are taken to Zoo Planet because it’s one of only two places in the country licensed to care for animals, like foxes, eagles and deer. A sadistic child had broken the pigeon’s wings and legs leaving it in agony!

While my team was visiting Zoo Planet, a woman arrived with an injured pigeon in a cardboard box. The woman had driven 150 miles (240 kilometres) from Belgrade because she knew Zoo Planet would help when no one else would.

https://networkforanimals.org/newsletter-page/the-story-of-a-special-animal-sanctuary-where-even-pigeons-are-vips/

   
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #97 on: October 25, 2018, 02:46:28 pm »



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“The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory agenda is turning it into the extinction presidency,” said Greenwald. “The vast majority of the American public wants to see endangered species protected, but administration officials are flushing these imperiled plants and animals down the toilet for their patrons in the oil industry and other polluters.”


The Extinction Presidency ☠️

Trump Administration Withholding Protection for 78 Species 

The Trump administration is dragging its feet on lifesaving protection decisions for 78 endangered animals and plants, including those desperately in need of protection for their last remaining habitat on Earth.

The Center for Biological Diversity's new analysis examines the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to adhere to a plan it developed in 2016. Under Trump the agency has failed to decide whether to protect 57 species under the Endangered Species Act and whether to protect the habitat for another 21 species.

Among those neglected are wolverines, lesser prairie chickens and Hermes copper butterflies.

"The Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda is turning it into the extinction presidency," said the Center's Noah Greenwald. "The vast majority of Americans want to see endangered species protected, but Trump 🦀 officials are flushing these vanishing plants and animals down the toilet to hand easier profits to their patrons in polluter industries."

 

Full press release including Detailed Table of 95 Imperiled Species Covered by Fish and Wildlife’s Workplan

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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #98 on: November 09, 2018, 06:22:32 pm »
EcoWatch

By Lorraine Chow

Nov. 08, 2018 12:11PM EST

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Greenpeace Russia described the conditions as "torture" and said that capturing the marine mammals could threaten the species' survival.


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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #99 on: November 13, 2018, 04:42:29 pm »
EcoWatch


China Restores Rhino and Tiger Parts Ban After International Fury

By Lorraine Chow

Nov. 12, 2018 10:26AM EST

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Great news from China! Following intense international backlash, the Chinese government said Monday that it has postponed a regulation that would have allowed the use of tiger bone and rhino horn for medicine, research and other purposes.

In October, China alarmed animal rights activists around the world when it weakened a 25-year-old ban on the trading of the animal parts. Conservationists said it would be akin to signing a "death warrant" for endangered tiger and rhino populations.

Ding Xuedong, the executive deputy secretary-general, told the state news agency Xinhua that the October regulation was "postponed after study."

China will continue to enforce its 1993 ban on the import, export and sale of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts, he said.

"I would like to reiterate that the Chinese government has not changed its stance on wildlife protection and will not ease the crackdown on illegal trafficking and trade of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts and other criminal activities," Ding added.

The October plan  would have allowed the trade of rhino horns and tiger bones from captive animals for use in medical and scientific research , education and "cultural exchanges," Reuters reported.

Read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/rhinos-tigers-parts-ban-china-2619363455.html
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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #100 on: November 13, 2018, 05:02:14 pm »
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Judge: Wildlife Must Be Considered Before Permitting Fracking Off SoCal Coast

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 12, 2018 08:38AM EST

SNIPPET:

In what environmentalists are calling a major victory, a California judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot approve any new fracking off the state's southern coast until a full review is done assessing the controversial technique's impact on endangered species and coastal resources, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Endangered sea otters and other critters just won a reprieve from the Trump 🦀 administration's 🐉🦕 assault on our oceans for dirty oil    🦖," Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) Oceans Program Legal Director Kristen Monsell said in a press release. "We plan to celebrate this great victory in the fight against climate change and dirty fossil fuels."

Full article:

https://www.ecowatch.com/judge-halts-fracking-off-socal-coast-2619347365.html


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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #101 on: November 15, 2018, 10:04:24 pm »

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No. 54, Nov. 15, 2018

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When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

India’s ‘Vagabond Tigers’ Offer Lessons for Future Reintroductions

When tigers are reintroduced into an area where they once lived, people need to learn to live with them all over again.

Essays

November 13, 2018 - by Kalli F. Doubleday



A Sariska tigress and her cubs. Photo: Rajasthan forest department

FULL ARTICLE:   

https://therevelator.org/vagabond-tigers/
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