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NDRC Kicks Off Fight to Protect Gray Wolves

Protect the Gray Wolves!- for the Grateful Web

The Bush Administration has just issued a disastrous "License to Kill" plan that could trigger the extermination of half the gray wolves in Wyoming and Idaho, starting as early as October - unless we stop it now.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on this cruel proposal only until August 6. Please register your opposition right now by clicking here to submit an Official Citizen Comment.

Our best hope for blocking this "open fire" order is to generate a tidal wave of public outrage and protest...so please sign your Citizen Comment immediately.

The Bush Administration wants to treat wolves like vermin, instead of an endangered species that has staged a welcome and dramatic comeback from the brink of extinction.

In preparation for these mass killings, the government has already purchased planes and helicopters capable of gunning down entire packs of wolves in minutes.

Their goal: To immediately kill up to 700 wolves in Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho.

Our goal: To stop this horrific proposal in its tracks - by generating 200,000 pro-wolf Citizen Comments by the August 6 deadline.

Can we do it? I'm certain of it. Only three months ago, online activists like you sent more than 137,000 Citizen Comments protesting the Bush Administration's plan to remove Greater Yellowstone's wolves from the endangered species list.

But even before that battle has been decided, the Bush Administration is upping the ante by declaring open season on wolves.

Simply put, they will allow the slaughter to begin while wolves are still on the Endangered Species list!

The administration wants to be able to kill wolves anywhere that elk herd numbers may be affected by wolves. It is focusing on areas where elk herds are smaller than the states want.

But those few cases of declines in elk herds have been caused by a combination of factors including habitat destruction, drought and human hunting - not just by wolves. And in most areas of the northern Rockies, elk numbers are at all-time highs!

Please block this new License to Kill by expressing your personal opposition while the Bush Administration is still taking public input.

Submit your Official Citizen Comment now - and shield the wolves of Greater Yellowstone and Idaho from the coming crossfire.

Baby Gray Whale "Thank You" Campaign

Gray Whale and baby in Baja, Mexico- for the Grateful Web

When scores of baby gray whales are born in Baja's magnificent San Ignacio Lagoon this coming winter, their nursery will be one step closer to being fully protected against industrialization.

Thanks to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 109,000 acres of federal land surrounding the whale nursery were recently designated for conservation.

I'm sure you agree that President Calderon and his administration should be applauded for defending wildlands and wildlife in the face of powerful economic interests.

That's why I'm asking you to join me in thanking the Mexican president right now by sending him an online message at http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1

 

Your message of thanks is critical. We want President Calderon to register strong support from all across North America for his visionary policy, because the fight to save the whale's nursery is still far from over.

Despite NRDC's stunning victory in 2000 that stopped Mitsubishi from industrializing the lagoon with the world's largest saltworks, San Ignacio Lagoon is still vulnerable to plans for oil and gas drilling ... massive high-rise hotels and resort marinas ... and ocean-bound ship traffic.

That's why it's so urgent that we press ahead with our ambitious plan to permanently protect all one million acres of land surrounding the lagoon.

Thanks to the generosity of NRDC Members and online activists like you, our conservation alliance has already secured permanent protection for 140,000 acres of communal and private lands. When you add in the government's 109,000 acres, we have succeeded in putting 249,000 acres off-limits to industry and developers forever.

 

We're a quarter of the way to our one-million-acre goal - in just two years!

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1 right now and express your appreciation to the President of Mexico for defending San Ignacio Lagoon.

And thank you for supporting our campaign to surround this last unspoiled gray whale nursery with a million acres of protection.