Saturday, August 1, 2009

The PAW Act and Wolves Update Summer 2009

We are making some serious headway this summer! On the heels of Palin's exit as Alaska's Governor, 15 more representatives signed on as cosponsors for the PAW Act, bringing the PAW Act cosponsor count to an impressive 106 representatives in the House. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island joined Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Ben Cardin of Maryland as a Senate cosponsor of the PAW Act. It is important to note that the PAW Act was actually introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Thank you to everyone in government for your support!

With the funds that Defenders of Wildlife has received in support of wolves, they were able to run a powerful new ad in Roll Call, one of Capitol Hill’s most influential publications. By doin so, a powerful message has been sent to Congress about the need for action to save wolves.

Even with the addition of some very powerful allies, there remains a serious battle ahead. Now is the time to step up our efforts in this fight.

Please consider making a donation to help support the Campaign to Stop the Alaska Wolf Massacre’s efforts to captialize on this amazing momentum and build even more vital support for the PAW Act.

Representatives are headed to their home districts for the August congressional recess, and senators will return home at the end of the week. However, we must continue our fight to end Alaska’s awful aerial wolf-killing programs and to prevent this terrible practice from spreading to other states.

We have to make August the month to gain more wildlife supporters! Defenders is putting the spotlight on the dirty truth about aerial gunning through their powerful new video and contacting more Congressional offices to build support for the PAW Act. Please help them by reaching out to others for further support and by stepping up your financial support, if you are able. Please remember that everyone can do something. Strong voices are needed just as much as monetary dontations.

Please lend your voice or make a donation - or both! - to support the efforts of Defenders of Wildlife throughout August to build even more support for the PAW Act.

Together, we can Save the Wolves Now!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns as Alaskan Governor July 3, 2009

Wolves dead since 2003: 1074

Body count so far this season: 251

Goodbye, Ms. Palin. Oh, how I do not hate to see you go.

Apparently, that sentiment is shared by so many others. Read Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen's response to the resignation of Alaska governor, Sarah Palin:

Palin's Resignation Leaves Wake of Wildlife Devastation: Parnell Has Opportunity to Chart New Science-Based Path
"Governor Palin's surprise resignation comes at a crucial point for wildlife and wild places in Alaska. In the just two and a half years of her term, she has made a series of decisions that prove she had absolutely no interest in being an environmental steward of the unique natural treasure that is Alaska.

"Instead, Governor Palin ignored our nation's leading wildlife laws and filed senseless lawsuits to pursue her anti-wildlife agenda. Palin's increasingly extreme anti-wildlife management policies included shooting wolves from airplanes and helicopters, using airplanes to track black and brown bears then shooting them from the ground, and the gassing of wolf pups in their dens. She even targeted wolves that had been part of a fifteen year long scientific study conducted by the National Park Service. All this, as well as her decision to fight much needed protections for both polar bears and Cook Inlet beluga whales, shows her blatant disregard for both science and environmental laws.

"Her efforts were, and still are, a threat to the natural integrity of America's last frontier, a state that boasts many national wildlife refuges, forests, parks and other federal lands, covering more than 200 million acres of the state. And if this isn't enough, Palin's persistent denial of global warming is sure to fast make her a political relic.

"Palin's successor, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, must now decide whether he intends to extend Palin's devastating and destructive wildlife legacy even further, or whether he intends to chart a new path, by removing politics from wildlife management and restoring science to the decision making process. He can be sure that Defenders will be paying close attention to his decisions."


The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (www.defendersactionfund.org) provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.