Thursday, September 15, 2016

Justice for Cheeky

We are so glad to be able to share a piece of good news. With the trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest opening tomorrow, we are comforted in knowing that justice for Cheeky is one step closer to justice for all bears. If you don't know Cheeky's story, please watch Bear Witness. Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Operation Jairo II - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

baby sea turtle trying to make it to the seaSea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Jairo II campaign, defends endangered populations of green, leatherback, hawksbill, olive ridley and loggerhead turtles in Florida, Costa Rica and Honduras. These icons of the ocean face many threats to their lives including poaching, fishing net entanglement, trash and light pollution, and destruction of their habitat. Due to a number of threats, there has been an alarming decline in sea turtle populations around the world. All seven species of marine turtles are currently listed as threatened or endangered.

Sea turtles have called our oceans “home,” for over 500 million years. Our 2015 Operation Jairo campaign saved over 12,000 turtles and hatchlings so the expectation for Operation Jairo II in 2016 is even greater!

Sea turtle
“This species which has survived so much, may not survive us,” - Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson.

Operation JairoAbout Operation Jairo II

Operation Jairo II will launch in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 15 until September 1, with volunteers working to protect green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles. Sea Shepherd will work with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.) to protect sea turtle nests and guide hatchlings to the sea, away from the commercial lighting that disorients them. 

The Honduras campaign will be held in Utila from August 1 to November 1, where Sea Shepherd volunteers will protect hawksbill, green, and loggerhead sea turtles. Partnering with Bay Island Conservation Association (B.I.C.A.), Sea Shepherd will protect nesting females and nests from poachers. The Honduran Navy will provide security for beach patrols.

From September 1 to December 1, Operation Jairo II will move to Costa Rica where ground campaign volunteers will work in Jaco to protect primarily olive ridley and green sea turtles. The Jaco police are teaming with Sea Shepherd volunteers to protect nesting females and nests from poachers. Nests will be relocated to a hatchery run by the Jaco police force.

Campaign volunteers will conduct weekly beach cleanups in all three locations.
Click here to volunteer for Operation Jairo II. Email the completed application to

BFC Letter to Representative

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Buffalo Field Campaign

Tell Congress to Fully Fund ESA Science - Urge Your Senators and Representative to Allocate Funding to Review the Science of Listing Wild Bison Under the Endangered Species Act

Two young bullsOn November 13, Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project filed a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the Yellowstone bison population -- the last wild, migratory buffalo herds in the U.S. -- as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  Nearly all plains bison in the United States are private livestock and/or descendants of bison that were commercially interbred with cattle. These hybridized cattle-bison no longer retain their identity as plains bison, or status as a wildlife species in privately owned herds. All privately owned bison are managed as livestock. Nearly all publicly held bison exist in small, isolated populations on restricted and fenced ranges with no predators and subject entirely to human selection.

Buffalo Field Campaign West Yellowstone Montana- Stop the Slaughter

Buffalo Field Campaign West Yellowstone Montana- Stop the Slaughter
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National Mammal designation offers no protections for the imperiled wild buffalo of Yellowstone, America's last continuously wild herds. Urge Montana Governor Steve Bullock to champion America's national mammal!   

In 1995, the Montana Legislature created a statute MCA 81-2-120 transferring the Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks' authority to manage wild buffalo to the Department of Livestock. Livestock interests are strongly anti-wild buffalo and view them as direct competitors with invasive, domestic cattle.  Under Department of Livestock policies set down by MCA 81-2-120, the federal and state governments use your federal tax dollars to kill hundreds of America's last wild buffalo every year -- and in some years over a thousand -- to cater to livestock industry intolerance of this native, keystone species. Additionally, the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) is the cattle industry approved plan called for in MCA 81-2-120. The IBMP would not exist were it not for MCA 81-2-120.

In other words, all of the intensive management actions made against wild buffalo--including hazing, capture, and slaughter--take place because of MCA 81-2-120. As implemented by the Department of Livestock, MCA 81-2-120 severely limits the abundance and distribution of wild buffalo to less than 0.3% of Montana's habitat. Wild bison remain ecologically extinct in Montana and throughout the their historic range. Placing the Montana Department of Livestock in charge of wild, migratory bison is a direct and severe conflict of interest. 

Montana and Yellowstone National Park are developing a new bison management plan which mirrors the controversial IBMP, having little to no benefit to wild, migratory buffalo. A new alternative is needed, one that values wild bison and manages them the same way wild elk are managed in Montana. 

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