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Earthjustice Files its Legal Challenge to the Wolf Killing
Wolf 253M (also known as "Hoppy" or "Limpy"), one of 1,500 gray wolves that lost federal protections, was killed on March 28th
Photo courtesy Steve JustadJust moments ago, Earthjustice attorneys filed our case to stop the wolf slaughter in the northern Rockies. And we aim to win!
Earthjustice has been called upon by a coalition of environmental and animal rights groups -- including the Natural Resources Defense Council,, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society -- to use our legal expertise to stop the killing now and compel the federal government to reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for until true recovery is achieved.
As soon as the federal government officially delisted the northern Rockies gray wolf from Endangered Species protections, we filed a mandatory notice of intent to challenge the decision. Our notice went unanswered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Now it's time for our day in court.
The USFWS failed to take into account basic principles of conservation biology, disregarded its own policies, and departed from past practice in delisting the wolf.
As we go to court today, Earthjustice will argue that the Service:
At this moment, at least 20have already been killed in the northern Rockies and around .
Earthjustice is using all the legal tools at our disposal to stop this tragedy as quickly as possible. Now that the Service has issues its final decision, the courts are the best way to stop the slaughter and get adequate protections reinstated for the.
Learn more about what we're doing to
save these magnificent, iconic animals.
Trip Van Noppen
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2008 has not been a good year for animals. The media has reported on cases of horrific acts of cruelty including a family cat being killed in a microwave, a puppy being beaten to death with a hammer and 29 horses dying from severe neglect and another 100 in need of emergency medical care.
2008 has also not been a good year for democracy. Despite the strong message we have delivered to our Members of Parliament for the past nine years, last night, our elected official passed Bill S-203 against the will of Canadians.
Find out if your Member of Parliament supported Bill S-203 or voted against Bill S-203 at www.dontbecruel.ca.
IFAW recently released a report comparing Canadaâs animal cruelty legislation to 13 other countries around the world. âs legislation ranked at the bottom of all comparisons and is worse than the Philippines and .
Startling facts revealed in the report include:
S-203 does nothing to improve our animal cruelty laws and make them
internationally relevant and is not what the vast majority of Canadians
Our MPs need to start being accountable to us. Visit
Speak up for wildlife by doing these four things!
#1. Protect "Teddy" Bear Habitat in the Mississippi Delta
The EPA has decided to veto a destructive and costly project called the Yazoo Pumps, which would destroy 200,000 acres of prime wetland habitat for many waterfowl and the black bear. It was also the site of 's famous refusal to shoot a bear that had been tied to a tree (inspiring the creation of the "Teddy" bear). For this veto to go through, however, the EPA needs the support of the American people behind them. Find out how you can speak up...
#2. Help Make the National Landscape Conservation System Permanent -- IMPORTANT VOTE WEDNESDAY!
You may have heard little of this 26-million-acre collection of national monuments, wilderness areas, scenic rivers, trails and historic sites, but that shouldn't stop you from speaking up in support of the National Landscape Conservation System. Only Congress can permanently establish this last great network of protected lands in America, and they are voting Wednesday on just such a bill!
Today, April 4, at 4 p.m. on KSDK Channel 5, The Oprah Show will air a program exposing the horrors of puppy mills. Eradicating substandard puppy mills has been an integral part of the Humane Society of Missouri's mission for many years. I am very pleased this topic is now receiving this significant national attention. Hopefully, it will garner additional support for the effort in Click here for details about this show.to end this form of animal abuse and consumer deception.
More information about puppy mill legislation can be found at the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.
Kathryn W. Warnick
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11 ONE DOLLAR EVERY MONTH TO SUPPORT ANIMAL SHELTERS IN NEED Animals (tags: ANIMALS PETS CATS DOGS CHILDREN LOVE ) Sophia - 56 minutes ago - shelters.animalhelp.com Can you afford one dollar per month? Just $12 per year can help 12 shelters in desperate need of financial help. Each month we will feature a different animal shelter in dire need of financial assistance. We ask that you send one
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Today I went for a walk, a new ritual I have started in my life. As I was walking I bumped into a man who has spent his entire life paying taxes and saving his country. He stood behind his pick up truck whose tailgate was dropped down and you could see the bed was filled with food. He was holding a sign for all to see written on a large piece of what looked like paper bag material,"This is what your electric company does for you." I stopped to talk to the gentleman to see what it was all about and he told me his story. " The local electric company had shut off his electricity, now you may think, well he should have paid his bill, right? That isn't the point, because I too have to be part of the same electric company. This man's bill was only 98 dollars, when the due date rolls around, they are not like most companies who allow a thirty day grace period, no, you only have three days after the due date to pay it; and if you don't pay it they shut you off. It doesn't matter if it's the dead of winter and you have kids they shut you off anyway. Some companies will work with you and let you make payments but this one still wants it paid by the due date. There are places that will help those who need it but others who don't fit the critiera go without. The man also told me that on one occasion when they came to shut him off, the company even asked for four armed officiers to come to his property and shut off the electricity and he said one employee who worked for the electric company sat in the company truck and waited for the temp till it went below freezing then gave the gentleman a crappy evil grin and pulled his meter, what is up with that?
Now tell me, we pay taxes we contribute in some way or other to our communties, cities, states and the US government, but yet somehow the Constitution and the government is no longer by the people and for the people; it is by the government for the government, to hell with the people just as long as they line their bloody pockets.
Can we ever imagine a day when your word and a hand shake was all that was necessary., where our input was needed and wanted to make a change
Just the other day I was sent a petition that concerned gentleman who was on a resperator and the electric company shut off the electric that was so vitally important to keep him alive, his family ventalated him by hand! come on that's ridiculous! Another case of a woman who also was on a resperator in Florida whose electric was shut off and she died. That company in my opinion is guilty of murder!!! Since when do we allow the government to go behind our backs and incorporate laws that we know nothing about ! Since when has monetary issues become more important than lives?!
America we need to wake up and take it back !!! We have lived too long with blinders on as we slowly become a communist country. Our rights are being slowly taken away one by one. We are dancing with death. Do not continue to let this happen. The government is for the big man the little man doesn't count! Stand up for your rights stand up for yourself !!!
Sarah Farr - Silver Spring, Md.
I actually jumped for joy when I read that the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health have begun a program that will phase out toxicity testing on animals in favor of more effective and cost efficient testing methods ("Three U.S. agencies aim to end animal testing," News, Feb. 15).
The shift toward non-animal testing methods, such as human cell-based tests, will result in more accurate, applicable data and will ensure greater safety for humans. But it also will save hundreds of thousands of animals.
Animals used in toxicity tests and other experimental research suffer terribly in laboratory cages. They also can feel great physical pain when toxic chemicals are tested on them.
We are fortunate to have advanced technologies that allow researchers to develop remarkably accurate testing methods. Now we can protect animals by relying less on rats, mice and other animals commonly used in experiments.
Thanks to all for your care.Chimpanzee Lab Life
Thanks to all for your care.Chimpanzee Lab Life
BANGKOK, Thailand - The critically endangered Sumatran tiger will become extinct unless Indonesia takes swift action to clamp down on the illegal sale of the big cats' body parts across the Southeast Asian country, conservationists say.
TRAFFIC, a British-based international wildlife trade monitoring network, said it found tiger bones, claws, skins and whiskers being sold openly in eight cities on Indonesia's Sumatra island in 2006, despite tough laws banning such trade.
The group estimated that 23 tigers had been killed to supply the parts found for sale in souvenir, Chinese medicine and jewelry stores. Prices ranged from the equivalent of $14 for a tiger claw to about $52.50 per pound of tiger bones.
"Surveys continue to show that Sumatran tigers are being sold body part by body part into extinction," said a statement issued by Susan Lieberman, director of the species program for the conservation group WWF, which contributed to the report.
The Sumatran tiger, or Panthera tigris sumatrae, is the world's most critically endangered tiger subspecies — WWF estimates fewer than 400 remain in the wild in comparison to about 1,000 in the 1970s. The tigers' diminishing population is largely blamed on poaching and the destruction of their forest habitat for palm oil and wood pulp plantations.
"This is an enforcement crisis," Lieberman's statement said, adding that Indonesia needs to demonstrate it can cope with the crisis or ask for help from the international community.
Indonesia launched a 10-year plan to protect the Sumatran tiger in December last year. But conservationists complain that Indonesian commitments to preserving wildlife are rarely supported by enforcement measures.
"There is no effective enforcement on the ground," said Chris Shepherd, senior program officer for TRAFFIC, who has been tracking the Indonesian tiger trade for nearly 15 years. "It boils down to lack of resources. Wildlife crime isn't viewed as a high priority in Indonesia or anywhere in Southeast Asia."
Tonny Soehartono, the country's director for biodiversity conservation in the Ministry of Forestry, said efforts were being made to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. He did not elaborate.
"I believe we have made significant progress," he said.
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A new documentary on Animal Planet deals with wildlife trafficking.
WITHOUT the visuals, one could easily mistake the following remarks as taking place in a pet store:
“This is our cat aisle.”
“This particular cat just came in less than a year ago.”
But the reality is far more hideous – the aisle is filled with big cat products: skin, bones, wine, pills and medicinal plasters. That particular cat is a dead tiger, gutted and preserved for its skin.
The aisle is in the warehouse of the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, which stores over a million confiscated items, accounting for 10% of the illegal volume in wildlife trade of the country. Even though big cats such as tigers, snow leopards and lions are prohibited from trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), that has not stopped them from being poached from the wild.
The trade in big cats is one of six episodes in the latest Animal Planet documentary, Crime Scene Wild, which deals with the unsavoury issue of wildlife trafficking. Helming the show is wildlife crime investigator Steve Galster of Wildlife Alliance, formerly known as WildAid, the conservation outfit that had roped in celebrities for its campaign with the catchy tagline “When the buying stops, the killing can too”.
Traversing the globe and piecing together trafficking links of syndicates profiteering from the slaughter of not just large cats but also elephants, Tibetan antelopes, sharks, rare primates and bears, Galster takes viewers into the underworld of organised wildlife crime.
No stranger to covert operation, Galster poses as an interested buyer and deploys a hidden camera to document the illegal dealings of poachers, middlemen, smugglers, syndicate masterminds, retailers and buyers.
“In earlier days, the cameras were huge but now they’re sophisticated and easier to operate,” says Galster, who used to investigate drug and arms trafficking for the United States in conflict zones in West Asia and Central America. During those times, he saw first-hand how rebel armies traded wildlife in exchange for weapons. He was later hired by a Britain-based nature group to spearhead an undercover investigation on the massive trade in elephant ivory.
In Crime Scene Wild, Galster’s footage from hidden cameras shows a wide range of the trade – from poaching deep in the Cameroon rainforest to illegal transactions in Central Asia, the backlanes of bustling Tibetan markets and curio boutiques in western cities – to illustrate the globalised nature of the trade, said to be worth as much as arms and drug trafficking.
In the process, Galster uncovered new trends in circumventing Cites rules, like passing off illegal goods as pre-Cites specimens or simply calling them antiques as in the case of elephant tusks and finished carved ivory products.
Having investigated the elephant and tiger trade for more than a decade, Galster is perturbed by the renewed trade that indicates that, despite more than 30 years of Cites implementation, signatories still struggle to uphold the rules. The over 30,000 species protected under Cites are far from safe, what with the lucrative price tags on their heads and the low priorities in enforcement and dismal conviction rates. In Western Africa, for instance, rangers are up against poachers who are far better armed.
An unenlightened judiciary also results in criminals escaping on technical grounds. He cites the case of an American trader of West African ivory who got away with just five years' probation and 1,500 hours of community service in the local zoo because the judge argued that he “see no victim”.
The Wildlife Alliance director of operation nonetheless, believes that education is key to combat ignorance of the far-reaching effect of wildlife trade and that profiteering from wildlife is a crime against nature.
“Wildlife is the blood of the forests. Take the animals away, the forest's value decreases or (is reduced to) what is called ‘empty forest syndrome’,” says Galster, who believes that protecting habitats as well as anti-poaching and anti-trafficking measures are needed to ensure the survival of wildlife.
It took Cicada Productions a year to wrap up the shoot. The production includes filming cases which Galster was investigating. He was apprehensive but the professionalism displayed by the production team meant that there was no interference with his work and no suspicions were aroused.
Galster admits that the series focuses on charismatic species as they are crowd-pullers while the plight of many other less appealing species, like the pangolin for instance, are not given similar attention. Plus, the series is fauna-bias as it is thought that non-animated flora species will be a hard sell.
“People want to see cute, adorable animals. (However), there’s talk of a second series,” he reveals.
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WASHINGTON – Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being openly sold in Indonesia, according to a TRAFFIC report launched today.
Tiger body parts—including canine teeth, claws, skin pieces, whiskers and bones—were on sale in 10 percent of the 326 retail outlets surveyed during 2006 in 28 cities and towns across Sumatra. Outlets included goldsmiths, souvenir and traditional Chinese medicine shops, and shops selling antique and precious stones.
The survey conservatively estimates that 23 tigers were killed to supply the products seen based on the number of canine teeth on sale.
“This is down from an estimate of 52 killed per year in 1999–2000,” said Julia Ng, program officer with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and lead author on The Tiger Trade Revisited in Sumatra, Indonesia. “Sadly, the decline in availability appears to be due to the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild.”
All of TRAFFIC’s surveys have indicated that Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, and Pancur Batu, a smaller town situated about nine miles away, are the main hubs for the trade of tiger parts.
Despite TRAFFIC providing authorities with details of traders involved it is not clear whether any serious enforcement action has been taken, apart from awareness-raising activities.
“Because of poor enforcement the Sumatran tiger is slipping through our fingers,” said Leigh Henry, program officer for TRAFFIC North America. “There are only about 400 Sumatran tigers left and such a small population can’t sustain this level of poaching. If enforcement and political will are not bolstered the Sumatran tiger will be wiped out just as the Javan and Bali tigers were.”
The report recommends that resources and efforts should concentrate on effective enforcement to combat the trade by arresting dealers and suppliers. Trade hotspots should be continually monitored and all intelligence be passed to the enforcement authorities for action. Those found guilty of trading in tigers and other protected wildlife should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“We have to deal with the trade. Currently we are facing many other crucial problems which, unfortunately, are causing the decline of Sumatran tiger populations,” explained Dr. Tonny Soehartono, director for biodiversity conservation, Ministry of Forestry of Republic of Indonesia. “We have been struggling with the issues of land use changes, habitat fragmentation, human–tiger conflicts and poverty in Sumatra. Land use changes and habitat fragmentation are driving the tiger closer to humans and thus creating human–tiger conflicts.”
As a recent show of commitment, the President of the Republic of Indonesia launched the Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Sumatran Tiger 2007–2017 during the 2007 Climate Change Convention in Bali.
British scientists will try to create human-animal embryos for the first time this year after receiving the go-ahead from the government's fertility regulator yesterday.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said it had offered year-long licences to two teams of scientists who hope to use the embryos to study stem cells, the body's master cells that have the potential to form any tissue or organ.
The decision ends 12 months of delay during which the HFEA has sought to clarify whether the creation of embryos by fusing animal and human tissues is legal and scientifically justified.
Leading scientists, including the government's former chief science adviser Sir David King, gave their backing to the research, but anti-abortion and religious groups launched a fervent campaign against the proposals, claiming that the research would undermine human dignity and blur the boundary between humans and other species.
Scientists at Newcastle University and King's College London want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with cow or rabbit eggs, in the hope that they will be able to extract valuable embryonic stem cells from them. The cells are expected to lead to revolutionary therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even spinal cord injuries.
By using animal eggs, scientists claim they will be able to push ahead with their research unhindered by the shortage of human eggs. Under existing laws, the embryos must be destroyed after 14 days when they are no bigger than a pinhead, and cannot be implanted into the womb.
In a statement, the authority said its licensing committee had "determined that the two applications satisfied all the requirements of the law".
Lyle Armstrong, who heads the Newcastle team, welcomed the decision. "Now that we have the licence we can start work as soon as possible. We have already done a lot of the work by transferring animal cells into cow eggs, so we hope to make rapid progress."
Sir Richard Gardner, chairman of the Royal Society's stem cell working group, added: "This is the right decision by the HFEA and it will maintain the UK's position as an innovator and world leader in stem cell research."
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Sad news for all who tried to save Tusker, the elephant. I received this personal email earlier today:
ZIMBABWE CONSERVATION TASK FORCE
6th January 2007
FAREWELL TO TUSKER
It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce that
Tusker/Dustbin was shot at around 11:30 this morning.
We received well over 4000 signatures from people all over the world
in a desperate plea for his life to be spared. The shooting was
scheduled for Monday, the 7th January so it came as a great shock to
hear that he was shot today.
Tusker's life has been on the line for some time now but the New
Year's party that was held at Charara this year was the straw that
broke the camel's back. We have had reports of drugs and alcohol
being abused at the party by some of the youngsters who attended. It
has been confirmed that they were pulling hairs out of Tusker's tail
and slapping him on the rump and running away laughing. They were
driving around the camp at high speeds, flashing headlights in
Tusker's eyes and hooting at him and we have also had reports of
fireworks and beer bottles being thrown at him. Despite all this
senseless abuse, we have had no reports of Tusker hurting anyone
which is testament to his basic good nature.
His crime, which lead to his death penalty is that he damaged some
cars in his search for food. It is not clear how many cars were
damaged. We have had reports that the number was between 2 and 7.
The authorities will probably argue that they have a responsibility
to protect the humans and that it would only have been a matter of
time before somebody was killed by Tusker. Our argument is that a
party of this magnitude, which is attended every year by thousands of
youngsters should not be held in a National Park. This is why it is
called a "game reserve" and not a "people reserve". There is a sign
near the entrance of Charara camp that states "No loud music after
9pm" and "no fireworks". The proprietors of Charara camp hire the
biggest music system in Zimbabwe and the music is so loud, it can be
heard from 2 km away. Where were the organizers of the party when the
youngsters started throwing fireworks at Tusker? How do people bring
their children up so that they behave in such a despicable manner?
We would like thank all you wonderful people, from the bottom of our
hearts for trying to help us to save Tusker. We had no idea he was
loved so much by so many people all over the world. Zimbabwe, and
indeed the world has suffered a great loss today.
Goodbye my big friend!
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
Tel: 263 4 336710
Fax/Tel: 263 4 339065
Mobile: 263 11 603 213
Please help animal rescue farm!
Passing on for help!
(I am posting this at the request of Catmom Princess)
SHELTER EUTHANIZATION DEBATE
State lawmakers want your feedback on animal euthanasia methods. Animal advocates say lethal injection is more humane than using a gas chamber, but both are still used in North Carolina.
Animal Control officials say, if done properly, animals are not stressed during lethal injection, and that the only pain they feel, is the stick of the needle. But lethal injections must be done one at a time, which is why some shelters say carbon monoxide is a more efficient method of euthanizing animals.
The state Department of Agriculture allows both methods in the latest proposed draft of euthanasia rules, but stipulates that gas chambers will cease to be permissible as of January 1st, 2012.
Last Updated: Thursday, December 27 2007, 06:27 PM
As we approach the end of 2007, we wanted to share with you some special accomplishments from this year:
Increasing the protected panda habitat in the Minshan to over 5 million acres in 2007, safeguarding 86% of panda habitat in these mountains.
Reducing fishing pressure in the fragile Arctic by convincing the North Pacific Fisheries Council to close parts of the Arctic Ocean to virtually all commercial fishing.
Discovering a new population of endangered grey-shanked doucs in Vietnam.
These successes are just three from a long list of incredible milestones in 2007 that couldn't have been reached without your ongoing support.
Thanks to you, we've been able to reverse some of the degradation of our planet's natural environment and we've worked to build a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. Take a look at what you've helped us achieve:
We created millions of acres of new protected areas in endangered places, from forest corridors in the Amazon to prairie in the Northern Great Plains. WWF helped Russia establish two new national parks in key tiger habitat. Covering 419,000 acres, these are the first parks in the region to balance conservation and recreational uses. Their creation is the result of years of research and advocacy by the WWF team in Vladivostok.
We gave a voice to endangered species around the world. In February, leaders of the three Bornean governments--Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia--signed the historic "Heart of Borneo" declaration to conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The declaration is a lifeline for Borneo's rain forests, which are threatened by unsustainable logging, forest fires and conversion to plantations. Every year an area of forest nearly the size of New Jersey is lost, and today only half of Borneo's original forest remains. The island is home to 13 primate species, over 350 bird species, 150 reptile and amphibian species and around 15,000 plant species. It also continues to be the source of many new discoveries; more than 50 new species were discovered here in 2006 alone.
We promoted sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources. Quirimbas National Park is now the largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean and Africa. Over the past few years, fishermen in what once was Mozambique's poorest province have seen dramatic increases in both the size of individual fish and the overall catch--and, consequently, in their earnings--thanks to the park. The government of Mozambique has now asked WWF to help design a much bigger marine protected area.
We empowered companies to understand and reduce their environmental footprint. WWF partnered with the Coca-Cola Company to take action to save freshwater resources around the world. Coca-Cola has pledged to replace very drop of water used in their beverages and their production. In addition, the company is working with WWF to conserve seven of the world's most important river basins, such as the Southeastern United States. Leading by example
This is about Giles Clark. Miles Clark has a passion for saving these magnificent animals, he's been tracking them for the past 10 years through Asian forests with aching muscles,stifling humidity and sweat drenchedbut what he sees is well worth itug marks of a tigress. He feels he is honored to be a guest in her territory. He was on a 6 day quest with the Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit in Kerinci Seblat National Park.
Tiger Protection and Conservation Units keep track of illegal activities such as poaching ,logging and illegal settlements in and around the national park. Their main goal is to stop all illegal activity including the removal of snares.
These patrols carry heavy equipment and cover several miles a day and the territory is extremly tough.Some of these men and women put their lives at risk arresting some fo the toughest poachers in the wildlife trade, some even go under cover.
Many still were working after the great Sumatran earthquake where many of them suffered great personal loss but still managed to arrest two poachers. These men and women are try wildlife warriors.
KSNP is an enormous park about 3,000 acres it's one of the largest protected parks so vehicles must be tough,though enough to carry units and their equipment and also be able to carry injured wildlife. Wildlife Warriors and Australia Zoo has donated two brand new vehicles for 30 ranger units in the park. They also gave the patrols, global postioning units,digital cameras,veterinary drugs,uniforms and spit lights.
Many of the calls these men attend are emergency snare rescues.One rescent call involved two clouded leopards that had been caught, both recovered and re-released back into the wild. Wildlife warrior has teamed up with TRAFFIC S.E. Asia to investigate wildlife trade monitoring network.They have come together along with lawenfocement to help give a clear picture on where and how to apply resources to curb this trade.
CRICKEY magazine/Dec 2007
We have less than two weeks left to reach our $250,000 goal for a matching challenge grant. This effort will support the largest campaign in our history. Please make a year-end donation to the Center for Biological Diversity today.
This money is urgently needed to win protection for endangered birds, turtles, bears, and other species currently being ignored or attacked by the Bush administration.
Not only has the Bush administration set a record for listing fewer species than any administration since the Endangered Species Act was enacted, but it also thumbs its nose at the law.
Bush has de-listed more species than any other president, favoring industry cronies over sound science. The Sacramento splittail, for example, was taken off the endangered species list to appease farmers competing with the fish for water — despite the fact that it's nowhere near recovery.
When a high-ranking Bush appointee was rewriting scientific reports to prevent many species, like the sage grouse, from getting the protections they so desperately need, the Center exposed the scandal to the media, and she was forced from office.
Now we're working to change the outcome of the cases she and other industry-friendly staffers tampered with. And we need your help.
The Center needs your help to mount a massive legal challenge to the inaction and legal abuses of the Bush administration.
Don't wait for December 31st. Make a gift today. Your donation will go twice as far, because it will be matched dollar-for-dollar. This holiday season, there's no better gift for endangered species.
Your support today will change our future.
P.S. How long has it been since Bush's Department of the Interior listed an endangered species? Click here to see the countdown on the Center's home page.