A Bi-weekly Update from Defenders of Wildlife:
Working to Save Wildlife and Wild Lands
"SPEAK UP FOR WOLVES: One-sided ABC News report hurts recovery effort
WINDFALL FOR BIG TIMBER: Administration plan opens forests to heavy logging
WILDLIFE AT RISK: Congress returns with anti-environmental legislation on agenda
ASSAULT ON PUBLIC LANDS: Special interests threaten Colorado Plateau
TRUE VALUE OF NATURE: In dollars and cents, loss of habitat is costing billions
1. Endangered Wildlife Threatened by Draft Legislation
Despite the overwhelming support of protections for endangered species by the majority of Americans, a powerful member of Congress has written draft legislation that would undermine the law that protects endangered animals from extinction. The proposal, penned by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), would undermine the Endangered Species Act and punch loopholes in the law for the benefit of oil, timber and mining companies and real estate developers. Visit www.saveesa.org to learn more about how you can join the fight to save rare creatures from the finality of extinction.
2. Nationwide Alliance Kicks Off Campaign to Save Arctic Refuge
It's crucial that the public realize that the fight to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska from oil and gas drilling is not over. With that in mind, a broad coalition of religious, conservation and other organizations, including Defenders, recently launched "Arctic Refuge Action"--a summer-long national grassroots and media campaign to save the refuge. The final vote in Congress that will decide the fate of the refuge will likely be in September. Please visit www.savearcticrefuge.org to keep updated on the events of the campaign and to take action to save one of America's last and greatest truly wild places.
3. Help Save Endangered Species
For more than 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has been the safety net for those species on the verge of extinction. Now, this landmark law is under attack in Congress. Draft legislation by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California) would severely undermine the act. Please help Defenders stop this attempt to gut the Endangered Species Act by making a tax-deductible emergency contribution today. For a donation of $25 or more, we'll send you a Defenders backpack with our thanks.
4. Conservationists Celebrate Ban on Shark Finning
Defenders is celebrating the recent adoption of a ban on shark finning by more than 40 nations that have fisheries in the Pacific Ocean. Finning--the practice of slicing off a shark's fins and then discarding the carcass--is driven by a cruel but lucrative market for shark fin soup. Though sharks often get a bad rap, they are essential to the health of the oceans. The recent finning ban is a great victory, but the practice is still allowed in many other fisheries throughout the world. Thank you to our more than 30,000 members who urged an adoption of the ban! Learn more.
5. Two Sea Otters Shot and Killed, Reward Offered
In a senseless act of brutality, two of California's threatened sea otters were shot and killed in the Monterey Bay area in May and June. Sea otters are protected by federal and state laws which make it a crime to kill these charismatic marine mammals. As with other illegal killings of endangered wildlife, Defenders has offered a reward of $2,500 for inform1ation that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person or people responsible for this heinous act. Law enforcement officials will respect confidentiality. Those with inform1ation about the incidents are urged to call Special Agent Ed Newcomer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He can be reached by phone at (310) 328-1516 x230 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. New Web Site for Eastern Wolf Coalition Launched
The Coalition to Restore the Eastern Wolf has just launched a new Web site. The group is a partnership of local, regional and national organizations, including Defenders, working together to return wolves to their historical range in the northeastern United States and in Canada. Visit www.easternwolf.org to learn more.
DENlines is a bi-weekly update of Defenders of Wildlife, a leading national conservation organization recognized as one of the nation's most progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat. It is known for its effective leadership on endangered species issues, particularly predators such as brown bears and gray wolves. Defenders also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that protect species before they become endangered. Founded in 1947, Defenders is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with more than 400,000 members and supporters.