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Please Click! December 24, 2008 11:21 AM

Don't forget to click for the oceans today, here at Care2!!  Thanks!

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 February 03, 2008 5:05 PM

End Whaling Now!!!

Help put an end to whaling!

We are trying to get a million people to sign this petition and we need your help.

We the undersigned wish to show our support for an end to commercial whaling. We believe
that the slaughter of whales for so-called ’scientific reasons’ is wrong. We wish to add our voices to the global campaign to protect these precious mammals from extinction.


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 January 31, 2008 10:27 AM

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We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
Dolphins and Porpoises are Being Needlessly Slaughtered
Target: Ryozo Kato, Ambassador to Japan
Sponsor: Oceana
  • Signatures: 9,797
  • Goal: 12,000
  • Deadline: Ongoing...
Right now, Japanese fishermen are killing thousands of dolphins and porpoises as part of their annual hunt. Between October and April, more than 20,000 of these graceful creatures will be slaughtered. Speak out against this barbaric and unnecessary practice now!

Why is this government-sanctioned event happening? Officials claim the slaughter is a form of "pest control" since the dolphins may compete with a fisherman's catch. But the butchered dolphins are actually being sold off to supermarkets and grocery stores!

Dolphins are considered one of the most intelligent species on earth. Conservationists, scientists, and aquarium professionals agree that the method of these killings "inflict measurable pain and suffering on animals that are intelligent, sentient, and socially complex."

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Sea Shepherd is a non-profit, non-governmental maritime organisation founded in 1977 in Vancouver BC by Captain Paul Watson.

The primary mandate of the organisation is to assume a law enforcement role as provided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature. This charter was adopted by the United Nation's General Assembly in 1982.

Sea Shepherd is committed to the eradication of pirate whaling, poaching, shark finning, unlawful habitat destruction, and violations of established laws in the world's oceans.

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PLEASE SIGN TODAY ! VERY IMPORTANT !!!! December 05, 2006 8:40 AM

Help save as much as 8 million acres of waters in the Gulf of Mexico from harmful oil and gas drilling!



Help Save Sea Turtles, Dolphins and Whales

This week, the House of Representatives will likely consider a bill that could open as much as eight million acres of waters in the Gulf of Mexico to harmful oil and gas drilling and putting at risk scores of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife that relies on safe, unpolluted waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

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 October 23, 2006 7:15 PM

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     Whilst Stephen Lussier, the Executive Director of External and Corporate Affairs for De Beers, hopes to conclude its billions of dollars 50/50 partnership with Namibia in its Diamond Contract, the single largest contributor to Namibia's GDP by year end. Stephen Lussier also wrote to Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA in July, in which he stated, "I cannot help but be moved by the images you have seen", and "De Beers has a real commitment as a company both to the environment and to conservation" and "De Beers does not support any seal culling activities,and to be completely clear De Beers has no involvement whatsoever in the current cull in Namibia".
     Reacting to media reports of seals crawling ashore and dying like flies all along the coast (the majority in the diamond restricted area), Permanent Secretary Ms Mbako in an official media release states, (aware that Mr Cilliers of Seal Products at Cape Cross had to stop his harvest to bury 900 seal pups that died in three days, in which no sooner were they buried, that another 900 seal pups died) that "total pups at Wolf and Atlas Bay are below a threshold of post weaning survival mass of 11 kg, the majority of the pups in the south will not survive (The De Beers diamond restricted area, where it was reported that Namibian Venison & Marine Products had a sealing quota of 38 000 pups)". Although this diamond restricted area bans access to the public, cellphones and cameras - sealers can go in and out, with clubs and knives daily.
    In her attempt to explain away (on the 10th October) Namibia's 7th mass seal die-off from starvation, Ms Mbako completely fabricates pup population levels stated by her Minister of 185 000 (in July), by now declaring, "Recent scientific research has shown an increase of the seal population by more than 73% in the Namibian waters as compared to the 1993 estimates", falsely claiming seal pups now number 380 000 and are over populated. Stating, "This implies that the population numbers of these mammals have reached a stage where their current food source has become insufficient to sustain their livelihood".
   Never in the history of official seal population surveys, has the Cape fur seals for both Namibia and South Africa ever exceeded 324 000 pups. The peak in the seal population in 1993, is less than 10% of pristine population levels, from which seals have still not recovered from near extinction from sealing in 1900. 
    Fabricating the seal pup population by an additional 200 000 pups or an additional 800 000 seals, as an excuse for Namibia's collapsed overfishing policies. 
    Whilst Deputy Director of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Kilus Nguvauva secretly closes all fish processing plants and orders October a no fishing month. Its intended purpose to allow fish stocks to recover (in one month). At first, the Ministry, "wanted two months, of October and November, but later we came to an agreement with the industry that there would be no fishing only in October".
    Mr Nguvauva, then goes on to state, "Government blames the high seal colonies in some coastal regions for the dwindling fish stocks" and as a result, "has introduced a controlled seal-culling process".
    Overfishing or culls have ensured that the last seal pup born in 2006, has either died of starvation or been clubbed to death, whilst suckling its mother in nursing and birthing breeding grounds (whose milking characteristics pose no threat to Namibia's fish stocks).
    Sealers has "sustainably" killed every last seal pup, and still their quotas are some 40% short.
    An international crime that should not go unpunished or ever be allowed to occur again. Namibia must immediately announce an end to its sealing industry or face serious international economic consequences.
    South Africa stopped commercially killing the same species of seal (Cape fur seals) 16-years ago in 1990, Namibia must now do the same.
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 October 23, 2006 7:09 PM

Namibian Sealers 'Kill them ALL' as Seals Starve to Death,
Namibia quietly closes Fishery,
as Germany who will preside of the European Parliament,
bans all Seal Product Imports 

No rescue. Namibia concealing its widespread seal starvation, whilst claiming over-population on a declining endangered seal species.
        Whilst Namibia's annual nursing baby seal cull draws to a close on November 15, (in a practice banned since 1972 by the United States, the European Union in 1983, the sealing countries of South Africa, Canada, Greenland, Russia and Norway, and banned from import into Mexico, Croatia, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands and now Germany) sealers report that the seal pup harvesting season has ended, (one month prior) as "there simply are not any more pups (to club and kill)".
        Whilst Canada kills four times more seals (350 000), it does not kill 'nursing baby seals' and sets its quota at 30% of the pups in its 5/6 million seal population, whereas Namibia awards quotas that kill every pup (100%) that even with lengthened sealing seasons still cannot be filled on a seal population declining and suffering from repeated mass die-off's from starvation. Whilst CITES permits the detrimental international trade of this species, that the European Union continues imports.
        Germany who once controlled the territory of Namibia and upon whom Namibia relies upon for its tourism, would do well to send a clear message to Namibia to end its sealing policy, as it takes over presidency in early 2007.
        The 6000 bull shooting quota in 2006 for gentialia exports, will continue although sealers again describe the "bull seals are so weak they just lie on the beach, they are too weak to get up" (get shot where they lie).  
        What civilised country partakes in a so-called 'commercial sustainable harvest' of endangered and protected wildlife in nature reserves that involves rounding-up and clubbing to death baby seals already dying from starvation and too weak to move, and then charges tourist to view this wildlife splendour of the natural world, after the sealers have finished their morning killing spree?
        This is an international crime against marine wildlife (there is no fair chase or sustainable harvest, and is barbaric, sadistic and cruel) that should not go unpunished by the international community. Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA appeals to other countries and its citizens to boycott Namibia's tourism, diamonds and fisheries, until Namibia ceases its sadistic and barbaric illegal sealing policy.
        Aware that the Cape fur seal population had still not recovered from the 1994 mass die-off from starvation where one half of the seals starved to death (500 000 seals), and had since endure further mass die-off's in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001. Which had reduced the seal population by at least 50% in the last decade, and whose population in 2006, is at levels last seen in 1982.
       Aware that prior to the start of the 2006 seal cull season that pups were already skinny. That Namibian researchers had revealed that long-term average growth of 30 grams/day, had declined to 2 grams/day, and that the majority of seal pups will not survive beyond post weaning age.
       Acting Permanent Secretary Mr Amutse, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Abraham Iyambo on the 10th July, stated in an official press release, that "Namibia must utilise all natural resources as long as it is done in a responsible and sustainable manner", and that, "the Seal stock in Namibia is currently in a healthy condition, according to the latest biological information", adding, "total number of pups at around 185 000 (1982 population level)".
      Responding to public protests that Namibian seals are not healthy, nor is sealing sustainable, held outside the Namibian High Commission in South Africa and United Kingdom, Minister Iyambo "assured (Seal Alert-SA founder Francois Hugo) that Namibia will use the best scientific advice to sustainably and humanely harvest seals".
      Proceeded to lengthened nursing baby seal pup season of 85 000 pups started on July 1 (previously August 1), in order to facilitate sealers reaching their full (scientifically set) quotas. Something that has not occurred yet since Namibia's independence in 1990, with sealers averaging 60% of their quotas. Although Seal Alert-SA advised the Ministry that this quota of 85 000 (20 000 more pups than in 2005), would see a total pup genocidal cull of all pups still alive by July 1, the Minister continued with the cull. A violation of the CITES convention as Cape fur seals are listed as endangered under Appendix II..

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 October 16, 2006 9:57 AM

Sawfish are in real trouble.  They're among the most endangered fish in the world and they need your help.  The federal government has issued a recovery plan for the U.S. population of smalltooth sawfish but it needs public support to succeed.  Please help.  Take action today and tell the government that you applaud their efforts to protect sawfish and their habitat.

Take Action



Smalltooth sawfish used to be common along the coast from Texas to North Carolina and found seasonally as far north as New York. Today this imperiled species is rarely found outside Southwest Florida.  Fishing gear entanglement and habitat destruction have devastated sawfish populations.  Scientists estimate that the U.S. population has declined by 99%.

In 1999, The Ocean Conservancy petitioned the federal government to list the smalltooth sawfish as endangered; in 2003, the species was finally listed.  Our staff and the rest of the government’s sawfish recovery team have worked ever since to develop a sound plan to bring sawfish back from the brink of extinction.  The plan promotes research into sawfish habits and needs, reduction in the number of sawfish accidentally caught in fishing gear, safe handling and release of animals that are captured, and protection of the coastal habitats (particularly mangroves) that are essential to sawfish. These proposed actions are critical to preventing sawfish extinction and yet will not be carried out without strong and vocal support from the public. 

Please take action today and tell the federal government that you strongly support full implementation of the sawfish recovery plan.

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 October 14, 2006 9:25 AM

Our oceans are in serious decline. Over-fishing, marine habitat destruction, coastal development, and pollution are pushing our ocean systems to the brink of collapse.

Over-fishing and other harmful effects from poorly managed fisheries have been increasing at an untenable rate. Only 13 percent of the nation's ocean fish populations can be considered healthy, yet some members of Congress want to rollback longstanding safeguards, which would increase serious environmental threats to ocean fish and marine ecosystems.

If these safeguards are lost, fisheries managers will be allowed to over-fish for a longer period of time before they are forced to clean up their act. As a result, the fish populations and ecosystems they impact could collapse, devastating both our marine environment and coastal economies.

Tell Congress you care about the health of our oceans. Sign the petition asking your Senators to oppose efforts to weaken protections for our ocean fish.

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ANOTHER VICTORY !!! October 12, 2006 7:17 PM

Hi Vicki,

We did it! In mid September -- thanks in part to the thousands of PetitionSite activists who wrote in -- Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law providing increased protections for California’s sea otters.
Read the full story here:

Thanks for signing the petition Support Bill to Save California Sea Otters"!

Hilary S.
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SUCCESS!!! WE ALL HELPED !!! October 02, 2006 8:40 PM


Teshekpuk Lake region in Alaska

You helped save the Teshekpuk Lake region in Alaska by signing the petition "Protect millions of wildlife before Sept. 27 - we need you!"

Thank you!Hi Vicki,

Great news! You joined thousands of others when you signed the petition "Protect millions of wildlife before Sept. 27 - we need you!" and your collective voices made all the difference.

The Teshekpuk Lake portion of the oil and gas lease sale within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) has been CANCELED.

A U.S. District Judge found that the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to consider the cumulative environmental impact of widespread oil and gas drilling in the NPRA. The judge rejected the BLM's decision and sent the matter back to the agency for further analysis.

Thank you for all your support and keep up the good work!

Agata Gussmann,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
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 September 26, 2006 5:10 AM

Help stop the import of dolphins to Manati Park

September 2006

Known as one of the most exploitive marine parks in the world, Manati Park in the Dominican Republic is once again in the news for trying to import at least four new dolphins from Cuba to its tanks. There's still time to keep this import from happening.

Minister of Environment, Max Puig, has not made a final decision yet about whether to approve the permit and has been influenced in the past by public pressure on this issue. Please send your letter to Mr. Puig today requesting that he protect dolphin welfare by denying Manati Park's permit.

Manati Park opened its doors in 1995. Using the slogan “Fun with Animals”, Manati has been successful at luring tourists into its tanks for years. The park's dolphins are forced to interact with visitors all day every day. Living in captivity and enduring nearly constant interaction is very stressful for dolphins. Though exact statistics are not available to the public, witness reports and anecdotal evidence suggest that several dolphins have died at the park over the past several years.

Without dolphins, Manati Park would be forced to close its doors once and for all. Please take a moment to write a polite letter to Minister of Environment, Mr. Max Puig, let him know that you support his decision to protect dolphins and the environment and urge him to swiftly deny Manati Park's dolphin import request.

Ministry of Environment, Mr. Max Puig.
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
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 September 26, 2006 4:39 AM

Petition for Manatee Protection

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to downlist manatees from "endangered" to "threatened", even though the manatees meet federal and international criteria for endangered species status. These dangerous reductions to manatee protections put the species at great risk of disappearing from Florida's waters forever.

The Humane Society of the United States and other groups petitioned the conservation commission to revisit its criteria for granting endangered species classification and protection. Now, we are calling on Florida Governor Jeb Bush to support our petition.

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 September 22, 2006 10:51 AM

Save Taiji Dolphinsa campaign of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute
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    For the past two years, Ric and his wife Helene O'Barry have travelled to Taiji with the support of One Voice and Earth Island Institute in an effort to document the annual dolphin slaughter that occurs as part of Taiji's annual drive fishery.
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JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY, Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
September 12, 2006 Update: Japan Dolphin Day –
Let's abolish the annual dolphin slaughter!

Every year from October through April fishermen in some remote Japanese villages eradicate about 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in the most brutal way imaginable. This is the largest massacre of cetacean anywhere in the world. The fishermen have told us they kill the dolphins primarily as a form of "pest control." They say the dolphins eat too many fish, and they need to eradicate the competition. japan dolphin day logo - a dolphin in the Japanese lifesaving flag surrounded by words naming some of the participant cities

If the fishermen didn't get a permit from Tokyo, they would have to stop the killings immediately. We need to let the Japanese authorities know that these crimes against nature are unacceptable to the rest of the world. Therefore, we have organized a world-wide protest to send a powerful message to the Japanese government: STOP THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER.

The Japanese government and fishermen say dolphin hunting is part of Japanese culture. In reality, however, the majority of the Japanese population doesn't know the dolphin slaughter exists. If they knew, they would help us stop it. Our team has traveled to Japanese fishing villages several times to document and expose the dolphin massacres to the Japanese people -- and the fishermen have done all they can to hide their bloody work from our cameras. They don't want the Japanese people to know the truth. "It's none of their business," they say.

Our Japanese colleagues tell us that outside pressure can stop the dolphin slaughter. So why not give the Japanese decision-makers in Tokyo some serious, outside international media pressure? The goal is to make this the biggest global protest against the annual dolphin slaughter in history, and we hope that everyone who is opposed to the dolphin slaughter will show up and demonstrate. We need your help in making the international day of protest successful.

To pull this off, we need TENS OF THOUSANDS of non- violent, peaceful protesters in front of Japanese embassies around the world on September 20th.

The event is not limited to animal protection groups, and we would like to add some schools and civic groups to the list. Children should be educated about this issue and have the opportunity to participate in the global effort to stop the dolphin slaughter. What a great learning experience for a child that would be; especi  [ send green star]
 September 19, 2006 7:21 AM

From National Wildlife Federation at

Speak Up for Leatherback Sea Turtles

Leatherback Sea Turtle. Photo courtesy of NOAA.Puerto Rico's heavily developed coastline was once a haven for leatherback sea turtles. Now, two hotel chains want to build on one of the best remaining strips of their natural habitat--the Northeastern Ecological Corridor. Will this tropical paradise finally get the "nature reserve" designation it deserves? Or will the San Miguel-Four Seasons and Dos Mares-J.W. Marriott resorts get their way and build 3,000 new luxury hotel rooms and villas?

Act today! Email the governor and legislators of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and urge them to pass H.B. 2105, designating the Northeastern Ecological Corridor as a nature reserve.

take action at

Learn more... at

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 September 19, 2006 7:01 AM


A new European Union
tariff on a derivative from the Jojoba plant threatens to create an
incentive for the use of whale oil in cosmetics.

‘Jojoba Esters’
is used widely in cosmetics and provides a virtually identical
alternative to ‘spermaceti’, a derivative of whale oil. Next month,
the European Union will vote on imposing a 7.7% tariff on Jojoba Esters
which, if adopted, will create an incentive for the cosmetics industry
to use spermaceti in its products on which the tariff is zero. This
will increase pressure to overturn the whaling moratorium and the ban
on trade in whale products.

WDCS expects the whaling industry to support the Jojoba Tariff. The whales need your help to fight it.

write to trade representatives in Europe, urging them to vote against
the Jojoba Tariff. To send an e-mail now, please go to:
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Bridge will badly affect wildlife 
Congaree bridge project will harm wildlife, suit says By SAMMY FRETWELL Environmentalists sued Wednesday to stop a $37 million bridge project through Congaree National Park, saying the state’s construction plan doesn’t protect wildlife habitat and wetlands in one of South Carolina’s most important natural areas. The suit, the second against a major state bridge plan this week, said the S.C. Department of Transportation didn’t thoroughly study the impact the work will have on the Congaree River flood plain. DOT officials propose building a new bridge across the Congaree River to replace a creaking, 58-year-old span, with construction to start as early as 2009. But the project also includes causeways through the flood plain approaching the river bridge — and conservation groups want to eliminate them. Causeways block water from flowing naturally through the flood plain and destroy wetlands, according to Wednesday’s lawsuit by the S.C. Wildlife Federation, Audubon South Carolina and Friends of Congaree Swamp. Critics say causeways are like walls that make it difficult for wildlife to pass through the area. Conservation groups prefer a bridge across the entire flood plain, instead of keeping causeways, when the state begins work to upgrade U.S. 601 near the river. The DOT says that would increase the price tag to about $75 million from about $37 million, and the agency can’t afford that. Jimmy Chandler, an attorney for the environmental groups, said the state should take every precaution to protect and restore land near Congaree National Park. It is the only national park in South Carolina, and the state should spend the extra money to improve the flood plain, he said. The bridge project runs through the park’s boundaries and is adjacent to land the National Park Service acquired last year. The more than 20,000-acre national park is part of a larger system of swamps extending from lower Richland through Clarendon County. “Congaree Swamp is an asset of inestimable value to the state of South Carolina and the nation, both in terms of its ecological significance and its economic and cultural value,’’ the lawsuit said. Chandler said a new federal rule required environmental groups to sue the government over the bridge project by Wednesday or forfeit their right to do so. He was hopeful a settlement could be worked out. It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether the lawsuit would delay construction of the Congaree River bridge. Transportation department spokesman Pete Poore declined comment on the lawsuit, which also targets the Federal Highway Administration. A highway administration spokeswoman also declined comment. Wednesday’s suit says the DOT and highway administration ignored concerns by other government agencies about the project and failed to conduct an environmental impact statement, a detailed study of the project’s effects on the landscape. It asks a federal court to stop additional work to complete the project until more detailed environmental studies can be done. The lawsuit against the Congaree River bridge project follows a suit by environmentalists Tuesday challenging the need for a bridge across Lake Marion near the Upper Santee Swamp. That project is just a few miles away from the Congaree project. But unlike the Lake Marion bridge, conservationists don’t question the need for the Congaree bridge, only how the project is to be built. In addition to being sued over its Congaree River bridge plan, the DOT also faces scrutiny this morning from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board. The transportation agency needs permits from DHEC to launch construction of the bridge, but environmental groups have challenged the permits. The DHEC board will hear more about the need for the bridge today, but has until next month to make a decision, agency spokesman Thom Berry said. “They will have 28 days in which to hand down their decision,’’ Berry said. Reach Fretwell at (803) 771-8537.  [ send green star]
IN THE NEWS !!!! September 15, 2006 12:30 PM

Two Rare Species of Whale Seen Off Scottish Coastline Science & Tech  - 6 days ago -
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June has received 168 new, 561 total stars from Care2 membersJune has been awarded 428 butterflies for taking action at Care2June has 297 Golden Notes.

TWO rare species of beaked whale have been spotted in Scottish waters. Three northern bottlenose whales - the same species as the whale stranded in the Thames river last January - were spotted last week from a ferry that runs between the islands
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 September 15, 2006 11:48 AM

Save New Zealand Sealions

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 September 15, 2006 2:32 AM

Take Action to Protect Whales

Write a Letter to Stop Whaling

For years, the Japanese government has ignored pleas from the international community to stop whaling. The only way to stop them now is to make it clear that Japan will face serious consequences if it continues killing whales. But that won’t happen unless we can get compassionate individuals like you to speak out right now. We need to send a clear message that saving whales truly matters. Quite simply: this effort can’t succeed without your support. Please send a letter to Prime Minister Harper urging Canada to publicly announce that it will pursue a strong pro-conservation position at the upcoming IWC meeting and to use diplomatic channels and bilateral relations with Japan to make clear that Canada opposes Japan's ongoing whaling activities.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 10, 2006 4:01 AM

Ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Keep the Manatee's Status "Endangered"

State Stewardship Falls Short

Action By State Agency Puts Manatees In Great Jeopardy

Speak Up for Endangered Species!

Volusia MPP Should Include "Manatee Protection"

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 September 10, 2006 1:35 AM

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 September 10, 2006 1:32 AM

Speak up for endangered species Saturday, 10:36 PM

LET'S HELP THE GENTLE GIANTSSpeak Up for Endangered Species!
Help Ensure Strong Environmental Laws
for Manatees and Other Endangered Species

The Issue:

The Bush administration is holding a series of "listening sessions" across the country as it promotes its "Cooperative Conservation" agenda. The administration has already proposed a package of cooperative conservation legislation (pdf) that would weaken the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, and they may use input from these listening sessions to promote these and other harmful changes to environmental laws. That's why it's vital for you to respond with a strong conservation message.

What You Can Do:

You can help by getting on the record as a supporter of a strong Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws. Please send the following e-mail by September 30th to Beth Duff at the U.S. Department of the Interior and let the Bush administration know that voluntary conservation efforts complement, but absolutely cannot replace, strong environmental laws.
http://www.savethem actionalert. cfm?id=20

If you've been involved in a local cooperative effort to protect endangered species, you can speak from personal experience about how environmental protections brought people in your community together to conserve natural resources. These stories will greatly increase the strength of your comments.

Click here for
a list of listening sessions in your area that you can attend in person.
If you've been involved in a local cooperative effort to protect endangered species, you can speak from personal experience about how environmental protections brought people in your community together to conserve natural resources. These stories will greatly increase the strength of your comments.

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PROTECT THE CALIFORNIA SEA OTTER !! September 09, 2006 9:27 PM

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We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
Stop the loss of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico
Target: Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Sponsor: See Full Petition
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  • Overfishing has reduced red snapper populations to less than 3 percent of their historic levels. This is a serious threat to the long-term health of the Gulf of Mexico. It's bad for the marine ecosystem, fishermen, and the coastal economies that depend on sustainable fishing.

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has repeatedly delayed taking action. This is part of a pattern of mismanagement that has gone on for over a decade, and has resulted in the depletion of red snapper. The Council has once again ignored the advice of its scientists and public testimony supporting improved stewardship.

    President Bush's Commission on Ocean Policy recently identified overfishing as one of the greatest threats to our oceans and stressed that we must end this destructive practice in order to have healthy oceans for the future.

    Overfishing must be ended. Where the Gulf Fisheries Council has failed the Dept. of Commerce must act. Urge the Secretary of Commerce to act now to stop the chronic overfishing of severely depleted red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico before the start of the fishing season in 2007.
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    DEADLINE 09/30/06 Tell Congress AMERICA'S SAFETY IS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY ! September 07, 2006 11:13 PM

     Bioterrorism Before Elections
    Sponsor: Trust for America's Health Soon after the tragedy of 9/11, Congress passed legislation to upgrade the nation’s capacity to respond to acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. The statute's authorization is set to expire on September 30th.

    New legislation pending before Congress would shore up emergency preparedness measures and improve public health capabilities at the state and local level. Passing this bill is vital to the nation's homeland security and the nation's health. Congress's failure to act would put all of us at risk.

    While considerable progress has been achieved in improving America's health emergency preparedness, the nation is still not adequately prepared to respond to the health threats posed by diseases, disasters and bioterrorism. And while there is no way to be 100 percent prepared, there are still basic achievable levels of preparedness the nation has yet to meet. Americans deserve better.

    Tell Congress to pass this essential legislation before they leave Washington to campaign for the November elections. More about this petition »  [ send green star]
    DON'T LET DEVELOPERS KILL MORE MANATEES !!! September 07, 2006 2:56 AM

    Now Take Further Action:
    Don't Let Developers Kill More Manatees

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    Sign this petition to urge your senator to reject an amendment that takes Marine Mammal Protection Act protections away from manatees.

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    TELL CONGRESS TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS !!! September 07, 2006 2:47 AM

    Ariel is requesting you to


    We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
    Tell Congress to Protect Our Oceans
    Target: U.S. Congress
    Sponsor: See Full Petition
  • Email this Petition
  • Our oceans are in serious decline. Overfishing, marine habitat destruction, coastal development, and pollution are pushing our ocean systems to the brink of collapse.

    Urge your Representative to support strong marine protections. Ocean fisheries have significant effects on ocean ecosystems and are integral to national and coastal economies. That's why these activities have to be carefully managed.

    In recent years, two national commissions have recommended strengthening marine protections. However, no action has been taken by the Federal Government to address this growing problem. Rather than building on the strengths of the current law, Congress is considering weakening longstanding safeguards, which would increase serious environmental threats to ocean fish and marine ecosystems.

    Congress needs to know that we care about the health of our oceans and want them to oppose efforts to weaken marine protections.
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    AND THE TURTLES !!! September 07, 2006 2:34 AM

    See previous post please !!!


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    HELP SAVE MAGURREWOCK WETLANDS !! PLEASE ! September 07, 2006 2:30 AM

    We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:

    Target: Major General Don T. Riley, Directory of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Sponsor: See Full Petition
  • Email this Petition
  • Save the Bald Eagles, migratory birds, turtles and other wildlife of the Magurrewock Wetlands from destruction! Don't allow special intrest groups to build a 4-lane highway through the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge!
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    Pledge Not to Buy Wildlife Souvenirs September 05, 2006 9:48 PM

    Have you ever thought about what you—and the millions of other tourists who travel abroad every year—are really bringing back with you from your vacation?

    I’m writing on behalf of IFAW to alert you to one of the most serious problems threatening wildlife today—a problem you might have even participated in without knowing it.

    Each year, customs officers seize thousands of wildlife items from travelers, many of them tourist souvenirs made from endangered or threatened species. Examples include elephant ivory carvings and jewelry, tortoise and turtle shell accessories, big cat skins, reptile skin handbags, belts and shoes, porcupine quill coasters and lampshades, coral and shells, and many more.

    Sadly, many tourists buying souvenirs made from wildlife have no idea that they have done anything wrong, often because these items are sold openly in resorts, airports, shops and markets—masking the bloody truth behind the wildlife trinkets being sold.

    Please Join Me in Signing the Pledge to “Think Twice”: Don’t Buy Wildlife Souvenirs

    It is often illegal to bring wildlife souvenirs home with you, particularly those made from the most threatened species such as elephants and marine turtles. Other wildlife such as porcupines and sharks, although not prohibited from international trade, are often cruelly and widely hunted to make a necklace, coaster or picture frame: ironically to remind people of their wonderful wildlife experience.

    A recent investigation by IFAW in South Africa—a popular holiday destination—demonstrates the extent of the problem. IFAW researchers discovered a thriving trade in wildlife souvenirs, including ivory carvings, porcupine quills and sharks’ teeth, many of which are being sold illegally to tourists.

    What else can you do?

    Spend your money wisely on your vacation by buying alternative mementos that directly benefit local people of the areas you visit, such as non-animal handicrafts, instead of items that harm the wildlife you are there to see.

    Please also help IFAW spread the word to others—advise your friends and family to “Think Twice” when on their vacations, and then call your local travel agents and ask them to do the same. (Travel agents can click here to request materials from IFAW.

    If you don’t buy—they won’t die!

    Yours sincerely,
    Arnold Vosloo

    P.S. To learn more about how wildlife souvenirs that threaten endangered animals are ending up in the living rooms of unsuspecting travelers, visit

     Arnold Vosloo, actor and IFAW supporter.Sign the Think Twice Pledge

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    ADDESS TO SEND CARD TO STEVE IRWIN'S FAMILY ! September 05, 2006 9:16 PM

    If you would like to send a card to Steve Irwin's family please use the following address:

    The Steve Irwin Family
    Australia Zoo
    Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Rte
    Beerwah QLD 4519

    Thank you! 


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    anonymous Halt plans for a dolphin exhibit in Cleveland! September 04, 2006 12:23 PM

    The Cleveland Aquarium, a proposed facility in Ohio, has announced plans to include a dolphin exhibit. This aquarium is still in the planning stages, several years from actual construction, and we seek to remove the plans to keep dolphins before the Cleveland Aquarium actually invests in the animals. Signatures: 741 Goal: 10,000 Deadline: Ongoing...  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
    anonymous End Dolphin Slaughter in Japan September 04, 2006 12:16 PM

    Japan is slaughtering thousands of dolphins and small whales in drive hunts Signatures: 19,093 Goal: 1,000,000 Deadline: Ongoing... We need more names.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
    I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT !!! September 04, 2006 12:09 PM

    Crikey!  I just can't believe it!  The world is sad and mourning your loss!

    We have really lost a great zoologist and wildlife icon!!!!

    Steve Rest In Peace we will never forget you !!!!


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     September 03, 2006 11:44 AM

    Before sea otters were hunted to near extinction, there were an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 sea otters scattered throughout this historical range. Today, the worldwide range is estimated to be between 65,000 and 90,000.
    Although their numbers are nowhere near their historical populations,
    sea otters occupy most of their historical range from the Kuril Islands
    northeast to Prince William Sound, Alaska.              [ send green star]
    Ariel's Marine Forum~2 September 03, 2006 11:43 AM

    Welcome to Ariel's Marine Forum

    PLEASE check the first Ariel thread as there are many causes still in need there!!

    We have been outraged with the careless destruction of our ocean. Not only does it do damage to the Earth, people often forget that there is animal marine life that depends on the waters so thoughtlessly destroyed.
    Ariel was chosen for obvious reasons
    Please place Articles, Alerts, Dedications, petitions and anything else to help the marine life (dolphins, whales, etc.)
    Hugs, Ami
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