Last Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spared the Middle Fork pack of Mexican gray wolves from trapping or shooting, despite accounts that the wolves killed five cattle on the Gila National Forest. The pack consists of two three-legged adult wolves, who each lost a leg in privately set leg-hold traps, plus a yearling and four pups. These wolves live in a severely grazed area where five previous wolf families were trapped and shot by the feds to placate the livestock industry -- and where carcasses of cattle killed by non-wolf causes dot the landscape, tempting wolves and acclimating them to scavenging near grazing cows. This spring, Center for Biological Diversity volunteers found 16 dead cattle, none showing signs of wolf predation, within a few miles of the Middle Fork's den site.
In June, the Fish and Wildlife Service spared another Mexican wolf, from New Mexico's San Mateo Pack. Then, and now with the Middle Fork pack, the Arizona Game and Fish Department urged wolf removal, while its New Mexico counterpart supported keeping wolves in the wild. The Center is currently in court for wolves and just petitioned for better Mexican wolf protections. (Hmm, could our strong advocacy and media attention have anything to do with the federal government's newfound sensitivity toward these persecuted animals?)
This is good news yet sad news that there are not many of the Mexican wolves left. I hope it is not too little too late. Naturally, because of the cattle there is not much grass for the wolves to graze on.
I just had to post this as it is a cause that is very dear to my heart and I have been fighting for for so long. I quit using Kimberly Clark products years ago because of their disregard for the Boreal Forest and virgin wood. I will use their products again IF they have stopped their horrible practice of cutting forests down.
August 5, 2009
Please take a minute to thank Kimberly-Clark for its policy of protecting ancient forests!
You can read more at www.greenpeace.org/kleercut.
Im writing today with exciting news news Ive been waiting more than four years to share with you!
Since 2004, Greenpeace and countless activists like you have asked Kimberly-Clark to save the Boreal forest. Today, the company that makes Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle announced a new policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability.
Thats right, today were announcing the successful end of our Kleercut campaign!
This is a tremendous victory for ancient forests, including the North American Boreal, and it would not have been possible without dedicated activists like you. So take a minute to congratulate yourself and your fellow activists. Just as importantly, please take a minute to thank Kimberly-Clark for its new policy that helps protect ancient forests!
Kimberly-Clark has set a goal of obtaining 100 percent of the wood fiber for its products including its flagship brand, Kleenex from environmentally responsible sources. By the end of 2011, the company will no longer use any pulp from the Boreal Forest unless it is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified. The policy also prevents the company from cutting endangered forests, and increases the companys use of FSC-certified pulp and recycled fiber globally.
With this announcement, Kimberly-Clark, the largest tissue company in the world, becomes a sustainability leader. Now its time for Georgia-Pacific and Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clarks main competitors, to create their own policies to protect ancient forests.
Before we turn our attention to the next campaign, though, lets all thank Kimberly-Clark for eliminating endangered forests from its products!
(One very happy) Forest Campaigner
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I think we should post all victories for all animals in this thread no matter where they come from. In this day and age we need to rejoice on all accomplishments and celebrate their victories that we have fought so hard for!
We're starting this week with very good breaking news: This morning we won a tremendous victory saving wolves in the Great Lakes.
Victory for Great Lakes wolves!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has signed a legal settlement putting wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin back on the endangered species list.
Without federal protection, the door was open to wolves being slaughtered at the hands of state agencies, livestock owners, and trophy hunters. The agreement is a strong positive step from an administration that has, so far, been disappointing in its treatment of endangered species in general and wolves in particular. In fact, we are still in court over the administration's stripping of Endangered Species Act protection from northern Rockies wolves. More on that later.
This victory has been a long time coming. In 2005 we won a court order striking down the Bush administration's weakening of protections for Great Lakes wolves from "endangered" to "threatened." In response, the administration removed all protection in 2007. We went back to court, and last year won a legal order striking Bush down again and restoring full protection. Then, to our dismay, the Obama administration bowed to the anti-wolf lobby, removing all protection again this April. We sued yet again, and today the administration agreed to reverse itself.
Will the administration make another run at allowing Great Lake wolves to be killed? It's too early to tell, but we'll keep a close eye on them. I can only hope the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally realized that we will fight them to the end to keep wolves from being slaughtered -- not only in the Great Lakes, but in the northern Rockies and the Southwest as well.
We couldn't have done it without your help. Many, many thanks for the part you've played in keeping these wolves wild and safe.
All my best, and have a great week,
We have great news to report: YOU STOPPED THE PLANNED SLAUGHTER OF
This afternoon, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and Yellowstone
National Park held a joint press conference in Helena, Montana, to
announce that they WILL NOT SLAUGHTER any wild buffalo that remain in
Montana come Monday! All those buffalo babies, their moms, and their
families will live on!
This is a major victory for wild buffalo and their advocates
worldwide! THANK YOU!
While the larger issue is far from being resolved, we should all take
a deep breath and give thanks for this incredible news that we all
helped make happen. The power, prayers, energy, spirit, love, and
ACTION of all the people who care about the buffalo made this happen!
Here are the buffalo you helped save:
The word from Montana and Yellowstone is this: any wild buffalo
found in Montana come Monday would be transported (captured and
hauled in trailers) into Yellowstone National Park. They would be
taken north, to Stephens Creek, and let go. This transport could be
very hard on the buffalo, especially the small calves, so we are
hopeful that it will not have to occur at all.
The long-term solution for wild buffalo is year-round HABITAT!
Yesterday approximately 200 buffalo were forcefully pushed out of
Montana (off of our National Forest lands), back into Yellowstone
National Park. The agents used horsemen and a helicopter to conduct
this operation. Today, the same thing happened, with about 50
buffalo (moms, babies, families) being pushed off of Horse Butte,
deep into Yellowstone. Sadly, the buffalo were pushed extremely hard
- especially by the helicopter - and they were shot with orange paint
balls by the agents on horseback. It almost looked like a
re-enactment from the shameful buffalo hunts of the 1800s. You can
see footage from yesterday at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.
During today's operation, a baby buffalo collapsed from exhaustion
and possible injury. BFC patrols stayed with this little calf and
its mom until they were able to be strong enough to resume their trek
to catch up with their family members who had been chased out of
Montana. They made it!
This great victory is not without its shadow, as wild buffalo should
be allowed to roam freely in Montana, especially on our public lands.
We will keep fighting for the buffalo until they are wild and free.
But we will celebrate that these buffalo will not be sent to
slaughter and that is because you made it happen! Thank you all so
much! You flooded them with calls, emails, faxes and IT WORKED! The
governor and Yellowstone made the right decision.
ACTION NEEDED: Please take the time to call and say THANK YOU to
Governor Brian Schweitzer and Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne
Lewis for choosing to let these buffalo live. Encourage them to work
to acquire year-round habitat for wild buffalo in Montana!
* Governor Brian Schweitzer: 406-444-3111
* Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis: 307-344-2002
From the bottom of our hearts and for all the wild buffalo ~ THANK YOU!!
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives votedoverwhelmingly (277-137) to restore a 34-year-old ban on thecommercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses and burros. On Wednesday, the bill to ban the sale and transport toslaughter of all American horses cleared a critical Senate committeeby a decisive 15-7 vote. These victories move us even closer to banning horse slaughter in the United States permanently.
Here's what happened: Your U.S. Representative, Gene Taylor, voted yes on the wild horse bill. Please call Representative Taylor at (202) 225-5772 and express your thanks. Your U.S. Senator, Trent Lott, who serves on the Senate committee, voted yes on the horse slaughter bill. Please call Senator Lott at (202) 224-6253 and let him know you appreciate his vote.
Your calls and emails are key to winning this fight. Everyday this past week, as I walked the halls of the House and Senate with other Humane Society of the United States staff, shoring up support for these two votes, every office we visited said the same thing: "We are getting a lot of phone calls from our constituents about the horses." Please help keep the momentum going:
- Click here to urge support for restoring protections to wild horses and burros.
- Click here to urge support for banning the slaughter of all horses.
To shut down the horse slaughter industry in the United States and to stop horses from being exported to other countries for slaughter -- where they face longer transports and an even more grisly death -- we need everyone who cares about horses to get involved. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues how they can help.
Thank you for your continued commitment to ending horse slaughter. Together, we have made tremendous progress. And together we will finish the job and shutter this barbaric business for good.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. These two important votes on horse slaughter come just a short time after we won commanding votes in the House and Senate on legislation to combat dogfighting and cockfighting. Congress is taking action on animal protection issues!
In Brief: Buck gives the highlights of a recent string of judicial victories.
Time, as San Francisco columnist Herb Caen used to say, is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once. But even time had its hands full over the past several weeks as a spate of courthouse news all but engulfed us, and all of it was good. Earthjustice staff were the primary lawyers in most of the cases and active participants in all of them. We'll leave the analysis for another day, but here are the highlights.
- March 23: A federal judge in West Virginia ruled that permits issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for four mountaintop removal mines in that state violate the federal Clean Water Act. The ruling could affect dozens of permits pending throughout Appalachia and help rein in one of the most destructive mining practices of all time.
- March 30: A federal judge in San Francisco overturned an attempt by the Bush administration to rewrite national forest rules in such a way as to all but eliminate the public's opportunity to participate in decisions involving logging on the national forests.
- Later that same day a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the Forest Service had misrepresented the views of many scientists who argued that a proposed rewrite of the rules protecting salmon streams in the Pacific Northwest would harm fish. The court chided the Forest Service for the misrepresentations and found the rewritten rules illegal.
- April 2: The Supreme Court handed us not one but two major wins. The first, hailed by attorney Howard Fox as "one of the most important environmental cases in history," was the first time the court had addressed global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency had taken the position that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant and therefore the agency had no power to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act. The court rejected the administration's position and ordered EPA to consider mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by cars and trucks.
- The second involved utility company attempts to evade the so-called "new source review" provisions of the Clean Air Act regarding upgrades to several power plants operated by Duke Power. Earthjustice's role in this case involved coordinating the writing and submission of a string of friend-of-the-court briefs and making sure the justices were aware of the significance of a parallel case that Earthjustice litigated at the appeals court for the District of Columbia.
- April 9: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the government's management of the Columbia and Snake rivers violates the Endangered Species Act. This, according to The Oregonian, "came as close as sitting judges do to legally ridiculing the U.S. government's claims, among them defending dam operations that essentially counted dead fish as if they were alive."
Note the similarities: in every case the Bush administration was trying to evade or ignore federal laws and regulations. And in every case it fell to Earthjustice, other nonprofit organizations, and states to go to court to enforce the law against the very agencies that are supposed to be protecting us.
Not surprisingly, on Saturday, April 14th, the New York Times -- noting this same series of court rulings -- editorialized as follows:
"When the history of this administration's endless tussles with environmental law and practice is written, the various advocacy groups that challenged the administration in court at nearly every step of the way will occupy a major role."
We can all be proud of the key role Earthjustice has played in this effort to enforce and uphold the law. We could not have done it without your unwavering support. And we have much more to do, but it is important to celebrate what we have accomplished thus far.
Let's share all wildlife accomplishments on this thread!! Endangered and/or threatened species recovery is always reason for celebration.
Defenders of Wildlife traces back 60 yrs of helping these animals make a comeback!