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Christina Sunrise

 

Thousands of sea lions will suffer starvation and death if the world’s largest single species fishery is allowed to crash. And that crash could happen soon.

But not on our watch! Opening Oceana’s new office in Peru couldn’t have come at a better time.

Dr. Majluf, who emailed Monday, and Oceana are fervently working to avoid overfishing before the Peruvian anchoveta fishery crashes and sea lions, the entire food web and the many thousands of Peruvians who depend on this fishery suffer the consequences.

Every single day and every single donation makes a difference in the race to prevent disaster. Can you support Oceana in Peru’s rapid response efforts to stop overfishing with a donation right now?

Thousands of sea lions at risk of starvation. World's largest fishery on the verge of collapse. Donate.
This El Niño year and overfishing are having a huge impact on Peruvian anchoveta catches, yet the plan is to continue fishing as if everything was fine. That’s a recipe for disaster.

The Peruvian anchoveta may be little fish, but they make a big impact. Sea lions and other treasured ocean animals depend on anchoveta for food, and thousands of Peruvians depend on maintaining a sustainable catch for their livelihood.

Oceana’s new Peru office is urgently advocating for the government to institute science-based catch limits before it’s too late.

Donate before midnight on Saturday to support Oceana in Peru’s pressing work to protect the anchoveta fishery >>

Sea lions, dolphins and other ocean animals need food, and we’re taking too much of it from them. Up to 98 percent of Peru’s annual anchoveta catch is inefficiently reduced to fish oil and fishmeal products used as feed for animals rather than eaten as is.

By changing how we think about small fish like anchoveta, we can provide healthy meals for millions of the world’s poorest people and leave enough in the ocean for sea lions to thrive.

Dr. Majluf has been working to create a more sustainable future for anchoveta for years. Now with Oceana, she and her team are on the verge of a major break-through.

Be a part of restoring our oceans by making change in the world’s largest fishing nation with a donation now >>

Alex GrayFor the oceans,
Alex Gray
Digital Campaigner
Oceana

Click here to donate now.

 

Momentum is building in our campaign to ban private for-profit prisons.

In the past few weeks, more than 168,000 activists have joined you in signing our petition urging Congress to ban private, for-profit prisons by passing Senator Bernie Sanders’ Justice Is Not For Sale Act. Just last week, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign released a statement promising that, “as president, [Clinton] will end private prisons and private immigrant detention centers.”1

Now we need to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass the Justice Is Not For Sale Act and ban private prisons once and for all. Can you help us reach 175,000 signatures before we deliver the petition to Congress next week?

Click here to share this action with your friends and family via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Or just forward the e-mail below.

Thank you for speaking out to ban for-profit private prisons.

– Heidi

P.S. You can go directly to our petition to Congress by clicking here.

  1. Hillary Clinton to stop accepting money from private prison lobbyists ,” Fusion, October 23, 2015.

 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders just introduced a bill to end one of the biggest contributors to America’s broken criminal justice system: private, corporate-run, for-profit prisons.1

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and poor people and people of color suffer the most at the hands of our out-of-control incarceration industry.2 That’s partly because the corporations that operate for-profit prisons are primarily concerned with their bottom lines. To maximize profits, those corporations advocate for increased incarcerations and unreasonably strict parole and release laws. And they win.

Corporations should not be able to profit from mass incarceration. The Justice Is Not For Sale Act, introduced by Sen. Sanders and Rep. Raul Grijalva, bars federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private prisons. We need to come out in strong support of this bill.

Tell Congress: Ban private for-profit prisons. Click here to sign the petition.

Out of the 1.6 million people incarcerated in 2013, over 8 percent of them were in private prisons. Reports show that inmates in these facilities suffer worse conditions, including more assaults and higher recidivism.3, 4 For-profit prisons are also incentivized to advocate for laws that reduce basic rights, benefits, and entitlements inmates receive while in prison.

And when for-profit prison corporations lobby for harsh laws that lead to more incarcerations, incarceration rates rise throughout the entire U.S. correctional system, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for maintaining the highest incarceration rate in the world.

In addition to banning private prisons, the Justice Is Not For Sale Act would enact a number of other measures to address mass incarceration. One would eliminate the mandatory bed quotas that require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold an average of 34,000 individuals in detention on a daily basis. Another would restore the federal parole system. The abolition of the federal parole system was a major factor in the explosion of the federal prison population since 1980, and makes it impossible for federal prisoners to access parole boards that can look individually at their sentences.

Sign the petition now and tell Congress to get behind a bill that provides real solutions to America’s mass incarceration crisis.

Tell Congress: Ban private for-profit prisons. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/private_prisons?t=9&akid=15976.9151556.BCv9Nf

Thank you for your activism.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

 

  1. John Wagner, “Sanders to push a plan to ban private companies from running prisons,” The Washington Post, September 17, 2015.
  2. U.S. Has World’s Highest Incarceration Rate,” Population Reference Bureau, August 2012.
  3. Emerging Issues on Privatized Justice,” U.S. Department of Justice, February 2001.
  4. The effects of private prison confinement in Minnesota on offender recidivism,” Minnesota Department of Corrections, March 2013.

 

In a highly evolved society they do not have guns
They do not shoot animals for sport or fun.
They do not watch movies where killing is the story
they do not have movies that are even gory.
They have no pain body so they do not inflict pain-
they do not come from ego, fear, greed for financial gain.
Now our planet has a long way to go—
will we ever live in the Golden age which we are told?

 

Make History for Our Oceans

Click here to add your name now.

Add your name by Tuesday, Sept. 15 to protect ocean treaures before it’s too late >>

You have an historic opportunity, but it expires after Tuesday, September 15.

The Obama Administration is considering establishing the first ever marine national monuments in the Atlantic Ocean. But they need your support now to make it happen >>

The New England coral canyons and seamounts and Cashes Ledge are home to fragile and ancient deep-sea coral communities, a diverse range of ocean life, and highly productive marine ecosystems.

But new pressures to expand offshore drilling and bottom-destroying fishing methods now threaten these natural treasures off New England.

Overwhelming public support is needed to convince the Obama Administration to protect these treasures forever.

Tell President Obama to designate the New England coral canyons and seamounts and Cashes Ledge as Marine National Monuments >>

These unique seascapes need permanent federal protection.

The New England coral canyons and seamounts and Cashes Ledge remain largely pristine and untouched by human disturbance. These areas are home to fragile and ancient deep-sea coral communities that provide food, spawning habitat and shelter for an array of sea life. The waters above teem with life, including whales, sea turtles and seabirds.

It is important that these thriving biodiversity hot spots are granted Marine National Monument status, Suzanna.

Time is short – Add your name by Tuesday, Sept. 15 to help protect these ocean treasures >>

Thanks for adding your voice. From helping fight ocean acidification to protecting fish spawning habitat, the benefits of establishing these new Marine National Monuments abound. Now we just need to act!

For the oceans,
Lora Snyder
Ocean Advocate
Oceana

Click here to donate now.

 

 

In cities along the coasts
people brag about having the most.
Large houses with giant hedges galore
people admire these mansions for
these people have more.
But really what is it all for?
If one day
it all goes away–
with a big giant hurricane.
Spreading around garbage from their town
nobody picks up–for they are too good
for this I have found.
Aquatic life dies every day–
from the trash we throw away.
Away on the streets of Florida and L.A.
Please help clean up the Beach
and the streets–
This all gets in our waterways
which will eventually come back
to us some day.

Written by Christina Sunrise on September 3, 2015

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Have you ever contemplated about a tree?
How strong, beautiful and sturdy?
That they stand during all of the seasons
they are just there to just be…
they are not like humans with reasons…
to be…
Their branches are like our limbs
they are more like us then bugs who have wings.
We mostly die laying down.
Trees die standing up, up, up…
unless they fall down…
by lighting or a human’s hand
they only have good emotions I understand
stand, stand, stand…
More humans should be like trees
who are bringers of light…
they help us on the planet with our life
for they have feelings so treat them right.
So acknowledge them day and night.

Written by Christina Sunrise on July 3,2014

 

 

 

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Good news for Florida’s beloved manatees: After receiving thousands of letters from Center activists and broad public support for manatees, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed new rules to increase manatee protections at Three Sisters Springs in Kings Bay.

These springs make up the only confined water body in the United States that’s open to the public while wintering manatees are present. As a vital warmwater refuge during cooler months, it supports up to 17 percent of the entire manatee population.

The Service’s proposal will end the ill-advised practice of allowing people to enter the refuge while manatees have congregated in its warm waters to survive cold temperatures, and will at last allow visiting mother-calf pairs to rest and nurse.

Act now to urge the Service to quickly follow through with its proposal — a welcome and much-needed improvement for these manatees.

Click here to take action and get more information.

If you can’t open the link, go to http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17354.

Tell your representative to co-sponsor the Honest Fisherman Act of 2015 to protect our oceans, consumers honest businesses >>

With a single piece of legislation, we have an opportunity to protect the oceans and our own health, level the playing field for honest fishermen and businesses, and make sustainable choices.

That’s an opportunity I’d hate to see wasted.

The Protecting Honest Fisherman Act of 2015, introduced by Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA), could deliver this progress for our oceans by requiring seafood to be traced from bait to plate. But the bill needs our support and the support of Congress if it’s going to pass.

Tell your member of Congress to help protect the oceans and consumer safety by co-sponsoring the Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2015 >>

This bill would require all seafood sold in the United States be accompanied by basic information, including the species name and where and how it was caught or farmed. That would help put an end to illegally caught or fraudulent seafood entering our markets, such as imperiled species swapped for more sustainable options, directly threatening our health and the health of our oceans.

More than 1,800 different seafood species are listed on the Food and Drug Administration’s Seafood List – that leaves a lot of opportunity for fraud. The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud is planning to phase in traceability requirements starting with a few “at risk” species.

That’s just a Band-Aid approach. We need comprehensive traceability that covers all species and requires the information to get to the consumer to truly make a difference.

Members of Congress and their staffs are making their way back to D.C. from August recess this very moment. I plan on knocking on office doors and hand-delivering this petition to your representative to recruit co-sponsors for this important piece of legislation.

Will you add your name to tell your representative to support this legislation for our oceans?

Thank you for speaking up for our oceans.

Lora SnyderFor the oceans,
Lora Snyder
Ocean Advocate

Plants are a marvelous species—
With a compassion for other plants
They will let the plant grow
on them and won’t
Go to war or even rant.
They will protect us from
The sun and the cold.
They will be our favorite
Apple tree until we are old.
They let birds have a nest.
They even let woodpeckers peck.
They don’t even fight when we
Nail into them.
The baby opossum’s
Hang upside down—
The tree likes all
Animals I have found.
So if we humans
Had once ounce
Of wisdom like a tree
The world would be
A way better place to be.
Written by Christina Sunrise on July 30, 2015


BestGrey Wolf 3It isn’t just your imagination: Republicans in Congress are dramatically ramping up their attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the animals and plants it protects. A new Center for Biological Diversity analysis called Politics of Extinction finds that, over the past five years, Republicans in Congress have launched 164 attacks on the Act — a 600 percent increase in the rate of annual attacks over the previous 15 years.Although wolves have been repeatedly targeted, this attack campaign has put sage grouse, delta smelt, American burying beetles and lesser prairie chickens in its sights as well. It’s also aimed at crippling the Act itself, which protects more than 1,500 species around the country. Not surprisingly this unprecedented onslaught on the Endangered Species Act corresponds with a massive increase in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, big agriculture and other interests that oppose endangered species protection when it interferes with profits.”We’re witnessing a war on the Endangered Species Act unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said the Center’s Jamie Pang. “If it’s allowed to succeed, this Republican assault will dismantle the world’s most effective law for protecting endangered wildlife and put scores of species on the fast-track to extinction.”Read more in our press release.

Gone Too Long: Bring Back the Bears to California — Take ActionBest_Grizzly_BearThey’re on the state’s flag, but grizzly bears have been missing from California for nearly a century. It’s time to bring them back. This week the Center launched a provocative new campaign — using grassroots organizing, ads and social media — urging the California Fish and Game Commission to support the return of grizzlies to the remote parts of the Sierra Nevada.These great bears once roamed from the crest of the mountains to the beaches along the coast, but the last California grizzly was shot in Kings Canyon in 1924. Today there are vast stretches of habitat where grizzlies could survive and restore a sense of the wild that’s vital to who we are and what California should be.Our new campaign is using images of California’s state flag — without grizzlies — to drive home the point that these bears belong in the Golden State and have been gone too long.Please take a minute to sign our petition, share the campaign with your networks (#BringBackTheBears) and help us return grizzlies to California.

To Save Elephants, New Restrictions Enacted on Domestic Ivory Sales
BestAfricanElephantOn Saturday, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce trade in wildlife through its “National Strategy on Wildlife Trafficking,” the Obama administration announced new rules that restrict the trade of ivory over state lines and strengthen limits on ivory exports. The announcement comes on the heels of a Center petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify African elephants as two distinct species and protect both as “endangered” instead of merely “threatened.”Elephants across Africa are being wiped out at a dizzying pace to feed the illegal market for ivory products, and the United States has one of the largest markets in the world. Prohibiting interstate ivory trade is a much-needed step to shrink those domestic markets.As Center staffer Lydia Millet wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, fewer than 100,000 forest elephants and 400,000 savannah elephants remain. Genetic studies indicate that the two split into separate species at least 2 million years ago, about the same time Asian elephants diverged from mammoths. An endangered listing would help protect the animals from the devastating effects of poaching.Read Millet’s op-ed in the Times and consider giving to our work to save these elephants.

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Outrage Over Cecil the Lion’s Death; Similar Baiting Happens in the U.S.
BestBobcatFury spread around the world this week with news that a legendary lion in Zimbabwe was lured out of a national park and shot by an American hunter. Cecil the lion, who was 13, was prized at Hwange National Park and had been outfitted with a GPS collar to be part of an Oxford University study. Conservationists said Cecil was lured out of the park and shot with an arrow but not immediately killed. He was then tracked for some 40 hours and shot to death, according to reports.But if you think luring wildlife out of national parks to be killed is limited to Zimbabwe, think again. In California it’s still legal to lure bobcats out of a national park to kill and skin them for the fur trade. Next week, as a result of legislation supported by the Center, the state Fish and Game Commission is voting on whether to ban bobcat trapping statewide.Speak up now to let California know you support a ban.

Emergency Petitions Filed to Save Alaska WolvesBestWolfFollowing a report that Alaska’s rare Alexander Archipelago wolves have reached alarmingly low numbers in the Prince of Wales Island area, the Center and allies this week petitioned three agencies to take emergency action to protect them.Alexander Archipelago wolves are smaller and darker-colored than other gray wolves (they’re often jet-black), roaming the islands and coastal mainland of southeast Alaska. The wolves depend on old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest, North America’s largest national forest.The Center has worked to save these wolves since 1996, when we first petitioned, with allies, for their federal protection. Thanks to our second Endangered Species Act petition, filed in 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to protect the wolves by the end of this year. In the meantime, to protect the rapidly declining wolves on Prince of Wales Island, we’re asking the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Federal Subsistence Board to cancel the area’s 2015–2016 trapping and hunting season. We’re also requesting that the U.S. Forest Service suspend logging and road-building in its Big Thorne timber project to allow reconsideration of its impacts on wolves.Read more in the Juneau Empire.

Suit Filed to Stop Mendocino County From Using Wildlife-killing ProgramBestFoxThe Center and partners filed suit Monday under the California Environmental Quality Act challenging Mendocino County’s contract renewal with Wildlife Services, the federal wildlife-killing program that killed nearly 3 million animals in the United States in 2014. The county’s renewal of the contract also violates a settlement agreement.The county’s previous contract authorizes the program to kill hundreds of coyotes — as well as bears, bobcats, foxes and other animals in the county every year — without fully assessing the ecological damage, considering alternatives or heeding opposition from hundreds of county residents.”Despite the county’s promise to consider nonlethal alternatives that are better for wildlife and taxpayers, county supervisors decided to do an end run around the law,” said the Center’s Amy Atwood. “They’ve misled and disappointed hundreds of their constituents.”Read more in the Ukiah Daily Journal.

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Court Order Sought to Expose California Pesticide Spraying
Bee-apisThe Center, other environmental and public-health groups, and the city of Berkeley are seeking a court order to force the California Department of Food and Agriculture to publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment.This summer the department is spraying residential neighborhoods and school playing fields with three pesticides that are intended to kill Japanese beetles but so far have been unsuccessful — and the chemicals (carbaryl, cyfluthrin and imidacloprid) are linked to cancer, birth defects and miscarriages in people … besides being highly toxic to bees.Our coalition filed a lawsuit in January challenging the department’s reliance on a statewide environmental report to spray the pesticides instead of doing further analysis of their harms — outraging residents of the Sacramento communities of Carmichael and Fair Oaks by spraying right in their backyards. A court order requiring the agency’s disclosure of their spray campaigns and possible effects would be a major victory for public health and the environment.Read more in our press release.

Wild & Weird: Selfies and Bison Don’t Mix
BestBisonBefore digital cameras and social media, people rarely handed out hundreds of photos of themselves to friends, family and total strangers dozens of times a day. They rarely felt the need to showcase themselves, say, #eatinglasagna, standing before the bathroom mirror presenting #rippedabs, or posing too close to a #wildbison.Last week a Mississippi woman — one of the more than 3 million people who flock to Yellowstone National Park yearly — put herself and her daughter about 6 yards in front of one of the park’s bison to snap a selfie. The massive ungulate came at them, and while the daughter wasn’t injured, the mother was butted by the bison and tossed into the air.Fortunately she received prompt medical attention and was diagnosed with minor injuries only. It’s the fifth such bison encounter in Yellowstone this year, though, and the third incident to include a tourist who got too close for the sake of a photo.Read more in The Washington Post; then learn from The Guardian what Russia’s government is doing to prevent death-by-selfie.