Under fire, wolves have been pummeled like political
footballs since they were removed from the protections of the Endangered
Species Act in the Northern Rockies and Great Lake states in 2011. Before he
left office, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the architect of these
dangerous policies, was determined to go even further and strip their
protections everywhere, even where wolves were absent—especially in the key
missing links: Colorado, Utah, and northern New Mexico. Under the new
Secretary, Sally Jewell, things could swing back towards wolf conservation.
Write to the Interior Secretary now and demand that wolves’ protections be
WildEarth Guardians’ long-term priority campaign to defund
and eliminate the USDA’s cruel and harmful wildlife-killing program, the
ironically named “Wildlife Services,” gains momentum. In May, WildEarth
Guardians sent a letter that contained over 56,000 signatures from those who
want to see Wildlife Services’ wasteful funding eliminated to Congresswoman
Chellie Pingree, who sits on a key budget committee. Now we request that Congressional leaders, Senator Leader
Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), defund this
awful program instead of cutting food programs for kids and seniors, disaster
warning systems, and our beautiful national parks.
May 17th has been designated Endangered Species Day in honor of
imperiled flora and fauna and the Endangered Species Act. This Endangered
Species Day was especially notable because this year is also the 40th
anniversary of the ESA. Guardians’ work for endangered species continues to
bear fruit: so far, 56 unique, imperiled animal and plant species have gained
the much-needed protection of the ESA as a result of our historic settlement
agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WildEarth Guardians is working
towards a day when all species can be
celebrated every day!
With news that carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere have reached a dangerously unprecedented high of 400 parts per million, we’re stepping up our efforts to rein in coal mining in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana. Last month, we—along with partner groups—sent 135,000 petition signatures to new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, calling on her to impose a moratorium on new coal leasing in the region. Many of these petitions came from you, our supporters and members, so thank you!
Slider Photo credits: Wolves: Ray Laible. Cows in the gila: Bryan Bird. Mexican wolf: USFWS. Wolverine: Oregon FWS. Canadian Lynx: Keith Williams. Fossil Fuel Rally: WildEarth Guardians. Thumbprint photos - Wolf: istock.. Black bear: Ray Raftiti. Endangered species photo montage: Arizona treefrog, Rich Gassaway; Florida semaphore cactus, Carly Lesser and Art Drauglis/Flickr;Georgia aster, Will Stuart/Flickr; Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Chris Wirth. More coal meme: USGS.