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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to remove 100 burros from their homes in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Arizona, about 20 miles north of Yuma, in the next few weeks. The government claims that the one million-acre HMA can only sustain 165 burros (and 150 wild horses). The BLM estimates the current burro population in this HMA to be 276, but the estimate is not based on an actual count, rather on a mathematical model that is based on a six-year old population estimate.
The proposed roundup is unnecessary and inhumane. Helicopters will chase the burros at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour over distances of up to four miles in temperatures as hot as 105 degrees. The devastating terror and trauma caused by these helicopter roundups was on full display in the BLM's recent roundup in northwestern Nevada, in which 86 horses have died to date, including small foals who were forced to run so hard and long their hooves fell off, and 40 pregnant mares spontaneously aborted.
Please complete the form below by May 5 to submit comments opposing the proposal to remove 100 wild burros living in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area in Arizona.
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•Gulf Spill Disaster - Stop Offshore Oil Drilling
•Tell Fish and Wildlife to Save the Frogs
•Demand that President Obama Protect our Oceans from Offshore Oil
•Tell Discovery to Boot Sarah Palin's New Show
•Help Stop ORV Plan That Puts Habitat and Hiking Trails at Risk
•People's Petition to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million
•Help Stop Ocean Acidification
•Keep Asbestos-laden Off-roading Area Closed
•Ask President Obama to Protect Guam's Biodiversity, Coral
•Support Rooftop Solar Energy
•Stop Feinstein From Scrapping the Endangered Species Act
•Stop Forests From Becoming Energy Farms - Send Letter Below
•Act Today to Stop Arctic Oil Drilling
•Sign Petition to Stop Arctic Oil Drilling
•Let Obama Know a "C" Isn’t Good Enough to Protect Our Environment
•Get Endocrine Disruptors Out of Our Water
•Speak Up to Protect Sea Turtle Habitat
•Ask Obama to Stop Sea Turtle Killing
•I'm Not Done Yet
•Rein In Out-of-control Off-roaders
•Help Save Okinawa Dugong and Coral Reef Ecosystem
•Stand Up for the Underfrog: Tell S.F. to Restore Sharp Park
•American Jaguars Need Your Help to Survive
•Keep Oil Drilling Out of Florida Panther Habitat
•Save Coal River Mountain
•Stop a Highway Project Through the Ancient Redwoods
•Ask the EPA to Ban Mountaintop-removal Coal Mining
•Save Thatch Cay
•Senate Climate Bill: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
•Save the Clean Air Act, Curb Global Warming
•Support a New National Monument in California
•Send a Message to Obama: Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
•Tell Tennessee to Give Wild Turtles a Break
•Act Now to Save Desert Tortoises
•Ask Obama to Support 350 PPM Goal
•Tell Congress: Strengthen Climate Bill
•Save Southern and Midwestern Freshwater Turtles From Harvesting
•Preserve Tejon Ranch as a new Natural Park
In late March I informed San Francisco's Restaurant Gary Danko about the current amphibian crisis, and asked them to remove the wild-caught Florida Pig Frogs (Rana grylio) from their menus. Last week the restaurant agreed to remove the frog legs from their menu and not to re-order them, and we have confirmed they are no longer selling frog legs. Restaurant Gary Danko is the first restaurant in the world to remove frog legs from its menus for environmental reasons. As the restaurant is extremely well-known and well-respected in the culinary community, we expect many restaurants to follow in their footsteps. As such, this a major victory for SAVE THE FROGS! and for worldwide amphibian conservation efforts.
Please send Gary Danko a note of thanks! Your words of support will ensure that his restaurant remains frog-friendly far into the future!
Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
I would like to make clear that this victory was made possible by all of your support, both your financial contributions and your dedicated involvement, which has enabled this movement to grow so rapidly. The Restaurant's positive response was likely based not only on the words in my letter, but also on the knowledge that SAVE THE FROGS! and our supporters have the power to spread our message far and wide, and we will not stand by and merely observe the disappearance of amphibian populations. This victory however is only the beginning, and this campaign will not be complete until the ecologically damaging frog legs trade is relegated to the annals of history.
Please use the form below by Monday, May 10, to submit comments opposing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (Utah) proposal to capture and remove ALL wild horses from the Winter Ridge Herd Area, approximately 90 miles south of Vernal, Utah.
According to BLM statistics, only 180 wild horses live in this more than 45,000-acre herd area. For unstated reasons, the BLM has decided that this herd area must be zeroed out, meaning that all horses will be captured and removed from their native homes.
Please take action to oppose this ill-conceived and inhumane plan. Since 1971, the BLM has zeroed out over 20 million acres of herd areas, shrinking federally-designated wild horse habitat by over 40 percent (including 2.4 million acres lost between 2005 and 2009 alone.) This Utah proposal continues this devastating practice.
Please take action below to tell BLM that they must not zero out wild horses from the Winter Ridge Herd Area and that they must amend their Resource Management Plan to give wild horses and burros their fair share of our public lands. Public comments must be submitted before close of business on May 10.
Despite passage of the "Humane Shelter Law," many Kentucky counties are treating the animals in their care with reckless disregard for the suffering that they are causing.
In Rockcastle County, gravely ill and injured animals were left to languish in their cages with no medical treatment, often facing attack from other animals who were housed with them. Dogs were forced to relieve themselves, sleep, and even eat their food directly off of the same filthy kennel floors.
Kentucky's Humane Shelter Law, passed in 2004, requires each county to provide basic care for its stray cats and dogs, including food and water, shelter, and humane euthanasia -- as well as a chance to be reunited with their lost families or adopted into new, loving homes. However, because the law is not being enforced, many of Kentucky's animals continue to suffer and die in deplorable conditions.
Over the past two years, ALDF has filed lawsuits in two particularly problematic Kentucky counties -- Robertson and Estill -- that helped put an end to the abuse and neglect of homeless dogs and cats in those counties, which had not been in compliance with the state's Humane Shelter Law. Most recently, ALDF negotiated an agreement with Rockcastle County, resulting in dramatically improved conditions for some of the state's most desperately needy animals.
ALDF will not stop in our fight to push Kentucky's 120 counties to protect their animals, but it is a long, uphill battle. That's why we need your help -- sign the petition to Governor Beshear, urging him to step in and end the suffering of all innocent animals in Kentucky by pressing the legislature to act and have the state take back responsibility for oversight of these shelters.
Please comment to stop the planned removal of up to 66 horses (old and young), leaving only 40-50 horses in the small Bordo Atravesado Herd of New Mexico-- the last BLM Managed Herd in the whole state.
Our apologies for the late, late notice on this comment period- but please take time to comment are due on Friday, May 14th. The Environmental Assessment is online here.
In Short: BLM proposes to capture 106 or more horses via water trapping and remove all but 40-50. The range allows up to 273 cattle to graze. The cattle are in a pasture rotation over five pastures and as a result the horses can not roam freely throughout their designated range.
The Cloud Foundation comments may help you in the composing your comments: Bordo Atravesado Comments
As always: please be polite and constructive in your comments, this is a small herd and the only BLM-managed wild horse herd in New Mexico.
In 1971 Wild Horses in three herds were to be managed on 143,133 acres of BLM and non-BLM lands- that has subsequently been reduced to the less than 20,000 acre Bordo Atravesado HMA. Additionally the Forest Service lands where wild horses were designated to be living in 1971 have been cut in half with only three small herds remaining. Jicarilla, El Rito (Jarita Mesa) and Caja.
Please send your comments via email to: NM_Bordo_EA@blm.gov
Socorro Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
901 S. Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801-4168
Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) latest proposed mass round up — 1,000 Nevada mustangs living in the Owyee, Rock Creek and Little Humboldt HMA’s are targeted for permanent removal beginning in July 2010. See sample letter below.
In northeastern Nevada, just south of the Owyee Desert, lives a population of wild horses who are descendants of Cavalry re-mounts and 19th century ranch horses. These gray, bay, black, brown, roan and sorrel horses inhabit three BLM Herd Management Areas (HMAs), encompassing nearly 500,000 acres of Columbia Plateau and the Great Basin region lands.
Despite the fact that wild horses have thrived in the Great Basin region – approximately 70 percent of the BLM’s wild horse HMAs are located within this vast rolling plateau and high desert region – the agency continues to maintain that the area cannot sustain even moderate numbers of horses. Meanwhile tens of thousands of privately-owned livestock graze on public lands in this region.
Earlier this year, the BLM rounded up and removed nearly 2,000 wild horses living in the Calico Mountains Complex in Northwestern Nevada. Now the BLM’s Tuscarora Field Office is making plans for the mass removal of more Nevada mustangs, and the fates of 1,000 wild horses living in the Owyee, Rock Creek and Little Humboldt HMA’s are on the line.
While the agency maintains that the more than 750-square mile area encompassed by these HMAs can only support 440 wild horses, it authorizes ten times that amount of livestock — over 4,000 head — to graze the same area!
The BLM is seeking public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for this capture plan. This EA fails to seriously consider realistic alternatives for keeping these horses on the range, thus avoiding the high cost of warehousing wild horses in off-the-range holding facilities. These skyrocketing costs have rendered the BLM’s wild horse program fiscally unsustainable, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Secretary of the Interior himself.
The BLM now stockpiles more wild horses in holding facilities (36,000+) than are left in the wild (>33,000). This latest roundup continues the BLM’s unsustainable cycle of mass roundup, removal and stockpiling of America’s wild horses.
By May 21, please personalize, cut and paste and email the sample letter below to the listed email addresses. Please circulate this alert to friends and family as well – the time to speak up for Nevada’s mustangs is now!
Okinawa is home to ecologically significant coral reefs that support more than 1,000 species of reef fish, marine mammals, and sea turtles. Creatures like the highly imperiled dugong, a critically endangered and culturally treasured animal, rely on these reefs for their survival.
But the U.S. government is planning to build a new American military base atop a healthy coral reef that will likely destroy the diverse array of animal life the reef supports, including at least nine species threatened with extinction. Okinawa's coral reefs are already threatened by global warming and pollution: More than half have disappeared over the past decade. We must protect the reef and its inhabitants.
American, Japanese, and international organizations have spoken out for this critical area and against the potential harm that the new military base would cause. Back in 1997, Japan's Mammalogical Society placed the mighty dugong, a distant relative of the manatee, on its "Red List of Mammals," estimating the population in Okinawa to be critically endangered. Our own Endangered Species Act lists the dugong and three sea turtles affected by the project as endangered. The U.S. government's Marine Mammals Commission is weighing in with fears that the project would be a serious threat to the dugong and other animals' survival, and the World Conservation Union's dugong specialists have expressed similar concerns.
Construction of the offshore facility will devastate the marine environment and have dramatic consequences for oceangoing birds and coastal species as well. In addition to destruction of the coral reef off the coast of Henoko village, the planned base will deplete essential freshwater supplies, increase the human population in sensitive areas, and encourage more environmentally harmful development -- causing irreversible ecological damage to one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The U.S. government must abandon this plan.
Environmental groups from both sides of the Pacific Ocean -- the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network in the United States and Dugong Network Okinawa, Save the Dugong Foundation, Committee Against Heliport Construction/Save Life Society, and the Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation in Japan -- have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco against the U.S. Department of Defense to stop the base.
We need your help to speak out. Please take a minute to send the letter below to President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador to Japan John Roos.
The International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) is fast approaching. On June 19, activists around the world will hold outreach events and demonstrations to educate the public about the tragic effects of confining elephants in small, barren zoo enclosures.
IDA is pleased to have Lily Tomlin again support IDAEZ, the biggest event of the year for elephants. The accomplished actor and passionate activist for elephants has issued this call to action:
“It’s time to stop keeping elephants in zoos, where they are suffering and dying prematurely purely as a result of their captivity in small and unnatural displays. That’s why I’m urging everyone to get involved in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on June 19, a unique outreach event that brings the world together to stop the suffering.”
Last year, activists like you held events in 33 cities in seven countries, attracting major media attention. Please help make this year’s Day of Action an even greater success by organizing or participating in an event near you. Events are already scheduled in California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and internationally in Canada. Click here for a list of scheduled events. (New events are being added all the time so check the list often.)
If your city isn’t listed, we can help you organize an event. See the IDAEZ Get Started page for more information. This page also provides information on how you can help, even if you don’t live near a zoo with elephants.
Elephants are highly intelligent individuals. In the wild, they range tens of miles a day, living in large, tight-knit family groups and socializing with a network of elephants that numbers in the hundreds. Yet a typical trip to the zoo reveals just a few elephants confined in miserably small pens, where lack of movement and standing on hard surfaces cause painful foot infections and arthritis that often lead to premature death. Repetitive swaying and rocking, unseen wild elephants, is a sign of deep psychological distress.
The elephants need your help. Please join IDA and Lily Tomlin in putting an end to their suffering by taking part in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos.
For more information on IDAEZ click here. You can also visit our special Facebook events page where you can network with other organizers and supporters.
The Discovery Channel recently aired a shocking episode of the show Man vs. Wild showing the program's macho, melodramatic star Bear Grylls throwing a flaming torch into a bat cave -- and then clubbing the unique flying mammals to death when they fled the smoking cave. Grylls was ostensibly illustrating how to kill bats for food, but in fact demonstrated exactly the kind of senseless slaughter, deadly disrespect, and profound misunderstanding that has pushed bat species around the world to the brink of extinction. Grylls touts himself as a spokesperson for proper outdoor conduct and conservation, including being an ambassador for RARE, whose mission is "to conserve imperiled species and ecosystems around the world by inspiring people to care for and protect nature" -- but his irresponsible and vile bat-killing display shows he does just the opposite.
Now more than ever, with the bat disease white-nose syndrome killing bats by the millions as it spreads across the country, it's urgent that we show understanding and compassion to these creatures that are vital to our ecosystems and take action to save them -- not promote the idea that bats can be needlessly butchered in what the Discovery Channel has sickeningly called a game of "bat tennis." For bats, the struggle to survive is far from a game.
Express your outrage to the Discovery Channel and tell it to stop distributing the bat-killing episode and start promoting the right message about bats now. Then learn more about the Center for Biological Diversity's campaign to save bats from the white-nose syndrome crisis.
Tell the FDA: Protect Human and Animal Health by Saving Antibiotics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a rule that could weaken already-lenient controls on the use of antibiotics in food animal production.
The new rule affects the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), a program allowing veterinarians to prescribe antibiotics mixed into animal feed in new ways. Currently, the VFD ensures that for those new antibiotic uses a diagnosis is made before animals are given antibiotics in their feed.
Many industrial farms routinely feed antibiotics to poultry or livestock to compensate for overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, while promoting growth. Proposed changes to the VFD could weaken oversight that prevents unnecessary drug use - increasing the rate of antibiotic resistance in humans.
Up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to healthy food animals. Weakening the VFD could breed dangerous new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans thus making these important drugs we depend on useless.
Send your comment now. Tell the FDA to protect human and animal health by rejecting this rule and saving antibiotics.