Written by Claire Morgenstern
When it comes down to it, all moms are alike ó they all want their young ones grow up into healthy, thriving adults. In the animal kingdom, that means protecting them from environmental threats such as climate change, industrial development and changing government policy that put their very survival at risk.
For example, right now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is putting the finishing touches on a proposal to strip wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection across most of the lower 48 states. The long-awaited return of the wolf is one of the most momentous and inspiring conservation stories of our time ó one thatís continuing to unfold from coast to coast. Wolves are just starting to return to places like the Pacific Northwest, and lone wolves have crossed into California, Utah, Colorado and multiple states in the Northeast. This new plan would effectively throw national wolf recovery into reverse.
Along our coasts, the planetís whales and marine life are also at risk. The Navy has just announced a new training and testing program using dangerous sonar and explosives. If they proceed, more than 1,000 whales and other marine mammals ó including rare and endangered species ó could be killed over the next five years.
And further north, our nationís polar bears are suffering from rising temperatures that are causing their fragile arctic home to literally melt away under their feet ó at the same time that corporations like Shell are continuing to push forward with plans to drill off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the polar bearís favorite onshore birthing ground.
These are just some of the many threats that our planetís most magnificent creatures are facing right now. Thatís why itís more important than ever that we take action to help save them.
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