Save Ben the Bear!
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, and two residents of Cumberland County, North Carolina appalled at the living conditions that they’ve witnessed for Ben and other animals at Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville, North Carolina, have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture challenging its decision to renew Jambbas’ federal Animal Welfare Act license. The USDA has for years repeatedly cited Jambbas for AWA violations, including unsanitary conditions, hazardous enclosures, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, and failure to supply sufficient quantities of food and potable water. Yet the agency has continued to renew Jambbas’ license, despite the fact that the AWA clearly prohibits the licensing of a facility that is not in compliance with the Act.
Urge the USDA not to renew the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license of Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville, N.C. due to its repeated and ongoing violations, resulting in the suffering of Ben, a solitary bear, and the other animals kept there.
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
Protect Thousands More Birds from Death in Oregon
Tell the Secretary of the Interior to direct more water to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (Oregon-California border) to avert more deathly disasters for birds. More than 20,000 birds have already died in the Refuge as water levels reach dangerously low levels. The Refuge is widely considered the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48, and yet the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to provide adequate water to support the millions of birds arriving for spring migration. With more than two million birds forced to bunch together in the remaining wetlands, an outbreak of avian cholera has caused the massive die-off.
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950stop
I am writing to urge you to direct the Bureau of Reclamation to send additional water resources to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and avert a catastrophic disaster for migrating birds. As I write this, the Bureau has not sent adequate water, and the resulting low water levels have caused the deaths of more than 20,000 waterfowl–and that number is rising.
The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. Millions of birds moving north along the Pacific Flyway rely on this Refuge to successfully complete their spring migration. Letting it dry out would break one of the most important links in a migratory chain that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia.
Clearly, the situation in the Klamath is complicated, and a number of interests compete for scarce water resources. In a dry year, all of these interests suffer. But letting the Refuge go completely dry would be an untenable disaster.
The short-term solution to this problem is for the Bureau of Reclamation to release enough water into the Refuge to support the waterfowl journeying north through spring and summer.
The recurring need to ensure water for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will continue until a comprehensive plan is put forward to balance all of the interests in the Klamath Basin. Until that plan becomes a reality, the Bureau needs to release enough water to get the birds by for now. Please send the water now to avoid a catastrophic disaster for this incredible natural resource.
Stop the Slaughter, Protect U.S. Turtles
Millions of wild-caught freshwater turtles are exported to Asian food and medicinal markets each year.
Tell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose and actively lobby to list U.S. freshwater turtles under CITES to require adequate documentation and by ensuring that trade in turtles is contingent on their survival. Export permits for species listed on Appendices I and II are issued only if the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., M.S. 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203
phone (703) 358-1729
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The United States is a key player in the international turtle trade, exporting millions of live, wild-caught turtles each year. Most turtles harvested in the United States are exported to supply food and medicinal markets in Asia, where turtle consumption rates have soared and native turtle populations have already been drastically depleted.
Scientists warn that freshwater turtles cannot sustain any significant harvest from the wild without a population crash. Wild collection for meat and pets is a leading cause of turtle endangerment in the United States.
Listing under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species would help remedy this situation by requiring adequate documentation and by ensuring that trade in turtles is contingent on their survival. Export permits for species listed on Appendices I and II are issued only if the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.
Thus I am writing to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose that the following freshwater turtle species be included in Appendix I or II:
– Alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii)
– 13 species of map turtles (Graptemys spp.)
– Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)
– Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
– Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
Each of these species is exported for their meat or for the pet trade, and wild collection could hurt the species. Commercial collecting of wild turtles also intensifies the effects of water pollution, road mortality, incidental take from fishery devices, and habitat loss, which are already contributing to declining turtle populations.
Please act now to stop unsustainable international trade of these native freshwater turtle species.