Saturday, July 25, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Protect Florida Black Bears from Hunting
- author: Nyack Clancy
- target: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Executive Director Nick Wiley
- signatures: 94,532
Bears still need protection in Florida; habitat loss is greatly affecting Florida Black Bear populations. Nearly 20 acres of wildlife habitat are lost to new development every hour in Florida, and motor vehicle accidents that have accounted for 89.5% of deaths since 1994.
We ask the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find non-lethal methods to coexist with bears. Keep protections for the black bear and do not include hunting in the management plan.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Executive Director Nick Wiley
Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-1600
Phone: (850) 488-4676
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A Call to Action
Pope Francis says climate change is the overarching environmental challenge of our time — and we have a moral obligation to confront it.
Protect Alaska's Walruses From Dirty Oil Drilling and Global Warming
Walrus babies face greater risks on land because they are vulnerable to being trampled to death in stampedes and attacked by predators. In 2007, 3,000 to 4,000 young walruses perished after being crushed to death in stampedes.
Walruses also face a serious threat from big oil companies that want to open up offshore drilling in the walrus's ocean home off Alaska. This drilling will put walruses at risk from oil spills and worsen the global warming pollution that is destroying the sea ice they need for survival.
The federal government is considering giving walruses increased protections under the Endangered Species Act that would help reduce dangers to walruses and encourage government action to fight global warming.
Please sign the petition below asking the government to protect the walrus as an endangered species and put a permanent halt to offshore drilling off Alaska.
In the Hawaiian islands collectively known as Maui Nui, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has a chance to make good on this past oversight by finalizing a rule that will grant critical habitat protections to 135 imperiled species all at once.
Every now and then George closes his eyes for a few centuries the stars stop for the occasion and the sun goes out, his night lit only by dream...
"Hello, big boy," she says, shell new and lustrous, green as the deep sea; and her eyes deep as the dark gems that glow deep where it roots...
George, lifting his nose skyward still seeing her behind his closed eyes moves forward
slow as lava oozing from the bottom of the sea
His scaled feet arch like trees first planted then pulled up from their roots...
"I'm coming," he says.
Written by, Steve Campbell
"Lonesome George" is the name given by biologists to the last surviving male Giant Galapagos Tortoise. There are no surviving females.
The entire Giant Galapagos Tortoise species was destroyed directly by humans. The tortoise's shells were used to make tourist trinkets. The shell is part of the tortoise's body (like turtles). Without their shell, they die much like a human having their skin removed (I imagine, equally as painful).
Items that were made with the tortoise shells include women's hair clips & barrettes, ash trays, decorative shoe horns, letter openers etc.
The animal was usually still alive when it's 'soft' body was cruelly cut out from it's shell. In countries like China, and the Island of Bali, this brutal and unethical practice of live tortoise/turtle slaughter continues.
George is approximately 90 years old. In 2008, great efforts were made to help George produce offspring by fertilizing eggs of a 'close' relative species. Sadly, the experiment failed.
George is the rarest known creature in the world and... the loneliest.
Extinction is forever.