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Aug 30, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The first Wisconsin wolf hunt is scheduled for October 15th and is planned to continue through February. Wisconsin is the only state that will allow hunters to use dogs to pursue wolves, and current hunting regulations lack any regulations such as leash and lead requirements. 

Hunters argue that they can use radio collars to tell dogs to stop, but dogs don't always listen to them. Because wolves are known to attack hunting dogs, current hunting regulations create the potential for brutal conflicts between dogs and wolves. Endangering dogs in this way would violate Wisconsin's animal cruelty laws.

DNR agency officials say they don't have time to add dog restrictions before the first October hunt, but such restrictions would save dogs from brutal injury and death. Judge Peter C. Anderson is currently considering humane society groups' requests to add these restrictions. Please sign the petition to stop the use of dogs in Wisconsin wolf hunts!

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 9:07am
Jul 19, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Rhino poaching deaths in South Africa have risen from an average of about 15 in 2008 to 448 in 2011. South African National Parks wildlife veterinary services head Markus Hofmeyr estimates that at current rates, rhinos could go into decline by 2016 and go extinct in the wild by 2050.

Rhino horns are sold to China and Vietnam for use in medicine thought to relieve cancer symptoms. The horns have fetched up to $60,000 on the black market.

The current poaching and illegal trade practices cannot continue at the current rates. Please sign the petition to urge Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to come to an agreement with China and Vietnam over steps they can take to end rhino slaughter in South Africa.

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Posted: Jul 19, 2012 12:07pm
Jul 16, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The $250 million dollar "Paradise Dam," built in 2005 in Bundaberg, Australia, is a death trap for aquatic life. The $20 million dollar fishways built into the dam do not work, and turtles, fish and eels traveling downstream over the dam are smashed to their death on concrete steps below.

In 22 days, 733 fish were killed as a result of the poor dam design. 152 were large endangered lungfish. The dam's death trap is significantly impacting the numbers of this species.

This rate of carnage cannot continue, especially when an endangered species is at risk. Please sign the petition to convince the Australian Department of Agriculture to promptly address issues with the Paradise Dam.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2012 5:42am
Feb 24, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In late 2011, Idaho removed endangered species protections for wolves, allowing hunters to legally hunt and kill them with a permit. Senate Bill #1305, a piece of legislation proposed this year, would allow them to kill wolves without a permit if those wolves hurt or molested their livestock in the past 36 hours.

The bill suggests a variety of methods for killing wolves, including aerial shooting and using live goats, sheep or dogs as bait to lure them. "Molesting" is defined in the bill as "actions of a wolf that are annoying, disturbing or persecuting...or chasing, driving, flushing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, or stalking or lying in wait for, livestock or domestic animals."

This legislation allows a great deal of leeway for killing wolves without a permit, and could cause great emotional and physical harm to animals used as live bait. Please sign the petition to urge legislators to reject Bill #1305.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:30pm
Feb 13, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Human tar-sands development in Canada is killing off native caribou. To prevent the caribou population from declining further, the country plans to shoot and poison wolves, their natural predators.

The poison used will be strychnine, a bait used to kill vermin since the 1600s. The country plans to kill additional wolves by shooting them from planes. Both control measures are harmful for the environment and cruel to wolves. Poison bait causes convulsions and may poison non-target animals, and aerial shooting is more likely to wound wolves and make them suffer than kill them instantly.

The National Wildlife Foundation is suggesting that Canada restore natural Caribou environments as an alternative to targeting wolves. Please sign the petition to convince Canada to end their plans to poison and shoot wolves.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:29am
Feb 11, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Human tar-sands development in Canada is killing off native caribou. To prevent the caribou population from declining further, the country plans to shoot and poison wolves, their natural predators.

The poison used will be strychnine, a bait used to kill vermin since the 1600s. The country plans to kill additional wolves by shooting them from planes. Both control measures are harmful for the environment and cruel to wolves. Poison bait causes convulsions and may poison non-target animals, and aerial shooting is more likely to wound wolves and make them suffer than kill them instantly.

The National Wildlife Foundation is suggesting that Canada restore natural Caribou environments as an alternative to targeting wolves. Please sign the petition to convince Canada to end their plans to poison and shoot wolves.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2012 10:24am
Oct 30, 2011
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl is a tiny owl that nests in tree and cactus cavities throughout the southwestern United States. Despite their small size, the native birds benefit the ecosystem by hunting and catching rats, mice, lizards and other prey up to twice their size.

Today, fewer than 50 cactus ferruginous pygmy owls remain in the U.S. The factors leading to the owl's decline include invasive species, fires and drought. Unfortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service renewed their 2006 decision to keep the owls off the endangered species list, reasoning that larger populations exist in Mexico. According to Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark, the same reasoning would have prevented protections for the gray wolf and bald eagle.

Declining protection for this rare, interesting bird sets a precedent for future decisions regarding declining species. Please sign the petition to restore endangered species protections for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl.

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Posted: Oct 30, 2011 2:31pm
Sep 15, 2011
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
In April 2011, Congress approved a budget rider removing wolves from the endangered species list in five states. Starting on September 3, 2011, hunters in Idaho and Montana received the green light to kill and trap native wolves. 11 wolves have been killed in the week since hunting season began.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, only 566 wolves live in Montana, and 705 in Idaho. Despite these low numbers, Montana has set a kill quota of 220 wolves for the 2011 season, while Idaho has no set limit.

Wolves are a beautiful species that enrich the natural landscape. They control deer and elk populations, which preserves the balance of native plant life. They also control predators such as coyotes, which preserves native species such as snowshoe hares and the Canada lynx.

Please sign the petition to prevent further wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana.

Thank you so much!
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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:37pm

 

 
 
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