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Defenders of Wildlife August 04, 2005 10:19 PM


Defenders of Wildlife: Past Victories and Future Challenges


With Congress back in their home districts for the summer recess, I'd like members to use this opportunity to take stock of our victories and describe the challenges we face ahead. Thanks to your hundreds of thousands of e-mails, faxes and phone calls, we have really made a difference.: Despite the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act in preventing the extinction of wildlife, Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the powerful Chairman of the House Resources Committee, has been drafting legislation to gut it. We were able to get a draft of his awful bill and helped generate negative media coverage.

Endangered Species: Bald Eagle in FlightEndangered Species Act

You, our activists, have sent more than 136,000 messages to Congress in support of the Endangered Species Act. As a result, NO Pombo bill was introduced and we understand he is redrafting it because of widespread public criticism. We now anticipate introduction in September with an effort to pass it in the House of Representatives soon afterwards. Defenders will need your help then, so watch for updates on our special action site: www.saveesa.org.Shark Finning: Thanks in part to the more than 30,000 messages sent by people like you, we won a ban on shark finning by more than 40 nations that have fisheries in much of 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. Sharks are essential to the health of the oceans.

Shark

Congress outlawed shark finning in 2000 and, last year 63 nations unanimously agreed to ban the practice in the Atlantic Ocean. Now, thanks in part to you, we can celebrate the end to shark finning in the Pacific Ocean as well. Click here for more on this issue.

Deer by a RoadsideRoads and Wildlife

Defenders worked closely for four years with key legislators to make sure the bill included some important benefits for America's wildlife -- a real first for this massive legislation. The final bill directs transportation planners to do something never before required of them -- it directs them to take into consideration the location of important habitat at the earliest stages of planning new roads, so that wildlife can be saved. This victory was due in part to the more than 5,000 messages sent to Congress by people like you. Click here for more on this issue.

: Congress passed a transportation bill that will have a major impact on the nation's remaining wildlife habitat. Sprawling development related to highway construction is destroying wildlife habitat at an alarming rate.

JaguarGreat Cats and Canines

Defenders is encouraging the passage of a bill (H.R. 1707) introduced by Reps. Clay Shaw (R-Florida), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Ed Royce (R-California), and John Tanner (D-Tennessee). The bill would add cheetahs, clouded leopards, jaguars, lions, African wild dogs and Ethiopian wolves to the list of species protected by the Multinational Species Conservation Fund. This fund has provided much needed assistance for the protection of tigers, white rhinos, great apes, migratory birds and Asian and African elephants.

Red KnotThe Race to Save the Red Knot

The red knot depends on horseshoe crab eggs for the energy they need to complete their 10-thousand-mile spring migration from the tip of South America to the Arctic. Recent crab harvests have depleted the egg supply and, without enough eggs to feed on, the red knot simply won't make it. We're also calling for a permanent closure of the horseshoe crab fishery in the mid-Atlantic in order to save it. Click here for more on this issue<

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 August 04, 2005 10:20 PM

Polar BearsThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

All your past hard work has kept the vote close. So far, members have sent more than 67,000 messages to Congress that call for the protection of the Arctic refuge. We still need to persuade a handful of legislators to switch their votes our way. With a broad coalition we've launched "Arctic Refuge Action" -- an intensive national grassroots and media campaign. Watch for e-mails from me as we approach the vote. Also visit www.savearcticrefuge.org to keep updated.

Once again, thanks for all your efforts. We'll soon be launching our new version of DENlines called Wildlife Enews to better inform you of conservation issues. Look for it later this month.

With warm regards,

Rodger Schlickeisen
President
Defenders of Wildlife

: This challenge is by far the most critical one we face in Congress this fall. The final vote to save the nation's greatest wildlife sanctuary from harmful oil drilling is set for September. In very close votes, the House (by three votes) and the Senate (by five votes) made drilling part of the budget resolution. Right after Labor Day, the House and the Senate will each vote on the Budget Reconciliation Bill.  [ send green star]
 
 August 04, 2005 10:21 PM

All your past hard work has kept the vote close. So far, members have sent more than 67,000 messages to Congress that call for the protection of the Arctic refuge. We still need to persuade a handful of legislators to switch their votes our way. With a broad coalition we've launched "Arctic Refuge Action" -- an intensive national grassroots and media campaign. Watch for e-mails from me as we approach the vote. Also visit www.savearcticrefuge.org to keep updated.

Once again, thanks for all your efforts. We'll soon be launching our new version of DENlines called Wildlife Enews to better inform you of conservation issues. Look for it later this month.

With warm regards,

Rodger Schlickeisen
President
Defenders of Wildlife

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