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text Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service finalized new rules today that restrict the ability of ordinary citizens, scientists and public-interest organizations to obtain Endangered Species Act protections for species on the brink of extinction. The new rules eliminate the ability of the public to submit multispecies petitions and require that 30 days prior to submitting a petition, the petitioner must notify every state where an...
Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:19PM
text Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference by Joanna McWilliams
This week conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the Presidents of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala calling on them to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting....
Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:17AM
text Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets by Joanna McWilliams
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates f...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36AM
text Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Ha by Joanna McWilliams
This week, participants at an international conservation meeting in Hawaii set a new bar in the conservation of imperiled sharks by overwhelming voting in favor of a resolution to increase protections for silky sharks, a species facing dangerous declines due to industrial fishing practices. The resolution, advanced by Turtle Island Restoration Network, PRETOMA, and Nakawe Project at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, received 95 percent fav...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 9:13AM
text New Study Links Eating Shark Fins & Meat to Alzheimer’s Disease by Joanna McWilliams
A new study by scientists from the University of Miami has found high concentrations of toxins linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:45AM
text Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
text 1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
text Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
text Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion, Elk Eviction at Point Reyes by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 15, 2016 — The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:08PM
text U.S. to World: Protect Dolphins, Whales or Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market by Joanna McWilliams
New Rules Ban Seafood Imports That Don’t Meet Strict U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection...
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:47AM
text Massive Mine Threatens America's Only Known Jaguar, Local Water Supplies by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz., July 29, 2016 — In an important development in the effort to save America’s only known jaguar, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles regional office has recommended denial of an essential permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine in southern Arizona. The denial recommendation was forwarded this week to the Corps’ San Francisco office, which has said it will issue a final decision within six months. The massive open pit copper mine would destroy thousands of acres of ...
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:16PM
text California’s Driftnet Fishery Puts Sharks in Crosshairs by Joanna Nasar McWilliams
A new report by Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is taking a deadly toll on shark populations, and finds that 15 percent of the fisheries catch is sharks, many of which are listed and protected under international treaties and agreements....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:33AM
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
text West Coast Whale Entanglements Increasing, On Pace for Another Record Year by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., June 9, 2016 — Nearly 40 reports of whales entangled in fishing gear have been recorded off the West Coast in 2016 — including at least 20 whales that are estimated to still be entangled — putting this year on pace to break the record for the third straight year. Although some whales are able to escape from fishing gear, often with the help of California Whale Rescue teams that are now being overwhelmed with entanglement reports, those that continue to drag fishing gear can d...
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 1:39PM
text USDA Imposes $3.5 Million Penalty on Santa Cruz Biotechnology for Animal Welfare Violation by via the Humane Society
May 20, 2016 - The Humane Society of the United States applauds a settlement agreement that will effectively end the abuse of animals by Santa Cruz Biotechnology. The agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the largest civil penalty in the 50-year history of the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act....
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:56PM
text Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery by Joanna Nasar
Government Forced to Release Images Showing Dead Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and Sea Turtles...
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:15AM
text Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — Biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our oceans in the face of climate change and ensuring an adequate supply of the fish that billions of people around the world rely on for protein, particularly in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of important new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that maintaining biodiversity by reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not onl...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:53PM
text West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals use...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
text USDA Proposes Organic Animal Welfare Regulations by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, April 7th, 2016 — Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule that would hold organic livestock producers to a high standard of care for rearing food animals. Animal welfare and public health advocates say the move is a good first step toward ensuring that USDA certified organic meat and poultry products live up to the integrity and the intention of the national organic standards....
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 6:08PM
text AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label by via Animal Welfare Institute
April 7, 2016 - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing requirements for the welfare of animals raised under the Certified Organic label. AWI generally supports the proposed regulations, which are based on the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory body to the USDA’s organic program....
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:40PM