Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Massacre of Wolves

The following is from the Center for Biological Diversity

"Final Push for Wolf Defense Fund


Wolves Under Fire. Help Fight Back
Photo of gray wolves courtesy of Flickr/Jeremy Weber.
Wolves Under Fire --
Help Fight Back
This is my final push. There's no more time to wait, or simply hope, for wolf recovery. We need to take bold action now to save these rare, iconic animals.

Right now our lawyers are preparing our next powerful lawsuit to defend America's wolves. We need your support to ensure we have the funds to keep up the pressure on all fronts.

Please consider a generous gift today to our Wolf Defense Fund and then share this with five of your friends who also care deeply about protecting wolves.

Special-interest groups are trying to drive wolves off the American landscape. We're rallying to file our latest lawsuit this month in defense of wolves, so this is the final time I'm going to ask: We urgently need your help to stop these attacks.

We're seeing the assault on wolves increase.

• Washington's state senate just passed an anti-wolf bill that allows livestock owners to kill endangered wolves and other predators without permits, even if they're not attacking livestock.

• Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has proposed removing all Endangered Species Act protections for nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states. This farewell act would be a death sentence.

Congress is proposing cuts to wildlife protections this week, during the budget debate.

Government agents refuse to release enough wolves in the Southwest to keep a healthy wild population.

The Center for Biological Diversity has a powerful record of success and a reputation for hard-nosed legal action in defense of wolves. We band together with allies across the country to stand up for wolves whenever that's needed, but our lawyers and scientists are uniquely focused on the big picture: saving and restoring all of America's wolves, in every part of the country where they belong.

Now we need you to step up your support so we can beat back attacks nationwide, starting with our lawsuit this month. Please give to our Wolf Defense Fund today.

The Center's the only group battling to save all wolves nationwide -- from the Rockies to the Southwest to expanding populations along the West Coast. In fact, we recently filed a major petition to protect all wolves under the Endangered Species Act and we'll soon launch our next suit. Today our campaign is more important than ever.

We can win this fight, but it's going to be an expensive, all-out battle. This is my last push to get this latest fight funded. Please donate generously to our Wolf Defense Fund to ensure we have the resources to keep wolves protected.

We need your help. I hope you'll take action today to make sure the gray wolf's howl continues to echo across our wild places.

For the wolves,

Kieran Suckling
Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. In states where wolves have lost protections, more than 1,200 wolves were killed last year -- hunted from planes and snared in inhumane traps. Pups have been gassed in their dens. This kind of indiscriminate massacre is what drove the species to the brink of extinction in the early part of the 20th century. Stand with us today and donate to ensure a safe future for gray wolves."

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