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Urgent Action Needed! WAN Talks With World-Renowned Scientist Dr. Reese Halter About The Controversial Wolf Hunt That Just Began In Wisconsin & How To End It

Tragically, yesterday, hundreds of gray wolves in Wisconsin became prey to greedy and callous hunters in the state’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The abhorrent and senselessly cruel hunt runs through Sunday or until the state reaches its appalling kill limit’ of 200 innocent lives.

The controversial hunt was ordered to take place after a Jefferson County Circuit Court decided last week that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources violated state law by refusing to schedule a winter 2021 gray wolf hunt when the gray wolf was delisted from the Endangered Species Act by the Trump administration on January 4, 2021.

WAN had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Reese Halter, a world-renowned scientist and eco-stress physiologist specializing in Earth’s life support systems, as well as the author of the recently-released book, The Gen Z Emergency.

   

“This is heartbreaking and all because of a loophole,” Dr. Halter passionately explained to WAN, freely using adjectives such as vile and disgusting to address the hunt, as well as some well-earned expletives when referring to the sick people who participate in them.

According to Dr. Halter, people need to respect science, pay attention, and understand that wolves are among some of the two million different forms of life that humans need to exist.

“Wolves are gatekeepers, curators of the wildland,” noted Dr. Halter, who has spent more than four decades studying nature. “The wolves are helping us!  People also need to realize that we have the best of the best after 1.1 billion years of reproductive evolution.”

That is not something to interfere with, nor, as per Dr. Halter, is it anyone’s right to take away a child’s birthright to have clean air, clean water, old growth forests, thriving wildlife, and coral reefs.

Biodiversity is key to sustaining a healthy planet.

“It is time to act like adults. Humans make mistakes but we must learn from them,” stated Dr. Halter. “We need decency.”

Referencing one of his heroes, Dr. Halter noted that Sir Roger Moore described it best when he shared his thoughts on the atrocity that is trophy hunting, stating that: “Sport hunting is a sickness, a perversion, and a danger, and should be recognized as such. Thankfully, those of us with a conscience are appalled by the idea of gunning down animals for the sake of a thrill or a photo.”

One of Dr. Halter’s many messages to those he calls ‘loathsome and entitled hunters,’ is to “get a camera” and shoot photos of animals that are alive in their natural habitats. Now, that’s a thrill!

WAN and Dr. Halter also agreed that an urgent call to action must ensue. People across the country who oppose this vile wolf hunt should contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and ask him to stop it, as well as permanently ban wolf hunting throughout the state. For those with the time and fury to do so, Dr. Halter suggests sending a hand-written letter to the Governor. Hand-written letters are required to be logged by the Governor’s office and responded to.

Contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers at his Madison Office: (608) 266-1212. His mailing address is P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI, 53707. People can also contact the Governor’s Milwaukee Office: (414) 227-4344. The mailing address is 819 N 6th St, Ste. 560, Milwaukee, WI, 53203.

People are also encouraged to contact United States President Joe Biden, HERE!

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Breaking! Primarily Primates’ Issues Urgent Plea For Generators, Water & More After Animals At The Sanctuary Die During Historic Texas Freeze

Primarily Primates, a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas, that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals including 32 chimpanzees, is among millions without power in the state after an Arctic blast created blackouts due to frozen power lines, natural gas production freezing under pressure, pipes bursting and increased demand for power.

Sadly, the sanctuary has been without power since early Monday morning. While the staff and volunteers work tirelessly around the clock to evacuate dozens of animals from the 78-acre sanctuary and use heaters and generators to keep the remaining animals warm, they are also mourning the loss of approximately 12 animals, including monkeys and lemurs.

Tragically, 58-year-old Violet, Primarily Primates’ oldest chimp, also passed away, but it was determined that she did not die from hypothermia but most-likely a stroke. While Violet, who was formerly used in biomedical research, had pre-existing conditions, it is reasonable to conclude that the extreme cold may have contributed to her having the fatal stroke.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, which has managed the sanctuary since 2007, said in a statement. “We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans, which is why we are so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals, as well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies. Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members.”

Primarily Primates’ Executive Director Brooke Chavez reports that currently all of the chimpanzees and other primates that remain on the property are doing well and keeping warm with properly ventilated propane heaters. Staff members check on them every 20 minutes around the clock.

As previously reported by WAN, Primarily Primates agreed to take eight of the chimps from the now-closed Wildlife Waystation in California, providing that they have the financing needed to expand their facilities to accommodate them. Three of the chimps have already been transferred while the remaining five are still waiting to be moved.

Primarily Primates is still currently without power and in need of the following items, as well as monetary donations. If you have any of the requested supplies below and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, please deliver them to 26099 Dull Knife Trail in San Antonio.

– GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list!

– Peanut butter, bread, jelly

– Camping lights

– Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled

– Small disposable propane heater bottles

– Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary

– Water

Monetary donations can be made HERE!

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Breaking! Urgent Action Needed To Ban ‘Sport Hunting’ of Black Bears Throughout California 

A groundbreaking bill that has offered a glimpse of hope for animal advocates in California, has just been introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). The Bear Protection Act (SB 252), that is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), would finally ban all ‘sport hunting’ of black bears in the state.

Shockingly, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) currently allows hunters to kill up to 1,700 black bears in a single season. This legislation would ban all ‘sport hunting’ of black bears, while this is a historical move in protecting bears throughout California, there are sadly still exemptions including situations in which bears can be killed to protect human safety, public property, livestock, and endangered and threatened species, and for scientific research.

If successful, California would be the first state to offer this level of protection for bears and would set an example for the rest of the nation.

As a symbol for not only California, but for the rest of North America, it is believed that as many as two million black bears once roamed the majority of wooded areas on the continent. Sadly, agriculture, urban developments, and intensive hunting devastated their population by 1900.

Although their population has improved, increasing stress due to climate change and wildfire-induced habitat loss has put a serious strain on California’s black bears, and recreational hunting has only further endangered their population. While habitat loss has created an uptick in human-bear conflicts in recent years, hunters rarely remove those problem bears from the population. Instead, they target non-offending bears in remote areas, far from where conflicts occur.

California has already implemented many protections for wildlife, including bans on hound hunting of bears and bobcats, the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats, and all recreational trapping. A recent poll showed that 70% of California voters do not support sport hunting of black bears, and 62% would support legislation to ban the practice.

“Over the past few years, black bears have faced unprecedented habitat loss due to climate change and wildfires, and continued ‘sport hunting’ in California makes survival an even tougher climb,” said Senator Wiener in a statement. “It’s time we stop this inhumane practice once and for all.”

“Californians deeply value the environment and have shown time and again that they don’t want to see their iconic wildlife slaughtered for sport,” said Sabrina Ashjian, California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “By passing The Bear Protection Act, California can cement its position as a leader in protecting our natural resources and spare thousands of California’s majestic and beloved black bears from a needless and unnecessary death.”

Please contact your state lawmakers to voice your support for banning the hunting of bears throughout California and urge them to commit to passing this critical bill. Find your representatives HERE! 

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The National Park Service Continues To Try To Stop Attempts By Activists To Bring Thirsty Tule Elk Water; Urgent Action Is Needed To Save Them!

Twenty wildlife and national park protectors recently defied National Park Service (NPS) orders for a second time and risked getting arrested while participating in a bold, carefully planned, nighttime operation, to bring 150 gallons of water to the Tule elk. The move follows the tragic passing of more than 18 Tule elk this year who died in the reserve at Point Reyes National Seashore due to California’s drought.

As previously reported by WAN, the animals are blocked from reaching perennial sources by an eight-foot-tall fence. The action took place before the winter rains came, but were thwarted by the NPS which removed troughs before the thirsty Tule elk could drink.

“The actions of the National Park Service speak loud and clear: private ranching business is favored over public opinion and the lives of native wild animals at Point Reyes National Seashore,” Fleur Dawes of In Defense of Animals said in an email sent to WAN. “Removing water from thirsty and dying rare Tule elk is despicable. Bay Area residents overwhelmingly want these native wild animals protected over private interests. We support the merciful actions of these brave animal activists and urge everyone to take urgent action to save the Tule elk.”

Video recorded by Silver Reaction Media shows a peaceful but physically demanding action with over a dozen animal advocates hauling water hundreds of yards over rough terrain and in coastal fog.

Off-camera, others kept watch, signaling any arrival of sheriff and park rangers. They were quiet, using minimal light, so park visitors, rangers, and live-in ranchers would remain unaware of the groups actions. However, the video shows that rangers discovered the activists, confronted them, and vowed to remove the water.

Concerned citizens had previously delivered fresh drinking water and troughs to the elk, only to have it taken away within days by NPS staff. The NPS’ refusal to provide water for these elk is a disturbing repeat of the similar “forced die-off”  that the agency created in the California drought of 2013-2014, which killed around half of the nation’s largest herd of 540 Tule elk. It has taken years for the herd to recover to just 420 individuals today.

This year, the NPS not only refused to act again but deliberately removed water from hundreds of animals trapped in the unnatural elk reserve enclosure. The needless suffering and deaths of the elk are among the numerous, egregious, anti-wildlife, and pro-industry policies that park rangers are required to enforce at the Seashore. 

Currently, over a third of the Point Reyes Park’s so-called “wilderness area” is occupied by modern industrial animal businesses which supply beef and milk to brands including Clover Sonoma, Straus Family Creamery, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, and Cowgirl Creamery.

Despite widespread public opposition, in September, the NPS released a management plan that would extend these private beef and dairy leases to ranchers from five-years to 20-years. In addition to expanding industrial operations inside this national park, they  will allow the shooting of native Tule elk.

Ranchers supplying these dairy companies do not own the Point Reyes land that their cattle degrades and pollutes. They sold their properties to the federal government for the equivalent of $350 million in the 1960’s to establish the park, and now lease back the land at under-market rates. Maintenance on the concentrated animal feeding operations is funded by taxpayers.

Thousands of American citizens and dozens of local organizations including In Defense of Animals, ForELK, TreeSpirit Project, Rancho Compasión, Save Point Reyes National Seashore, Resource Renewal Institute, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Western Watersheds Project are lobbying for a plan that would remove all livestock operations from Point Reyes. This plan would restore its creators’ original vision of a truly wild and pristine national park in the San Francisco Bay Area, remove fencing to allow Tule elk to roam free, and improve opportunities for the park’s 1.7 million annual visitors.

The 340+ miles of fencing, erected only at the request of the commercial cattle operations, is a direct contradiction of a national park’s purpose: being one of the few places in America where our priceless heritage of precious few remaining wild animals are safe from threats of hunting, development, and businesses,” stated Jack Gescheidt, of TreeSpirit Project.

People are urged to email their concerns to the California Coastal Commission encouraging them to REJECT the National Park Service’s recommended management plan which expands this National Seashore’s cruel beef and dairy operations at the expense of its wildlife.

E-mail: pointreyesmanagementplan@coastal.ca.gov or sign the In Defense of Animals petition, HERE!

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WAN Exclusive: Urgent Help Needed To Rehome 32 Chimps From The Wildlife Waystation To Sanctuaries In The U.S.

Sha-Sha is one of the 32 chimps needing to be rehomed in a sanctuary. Photos and images from North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance

When the Wildlife Waystation in Southern California closed its doors in 2019, hundreds of exotic and domestic animals needed to be rehomed. While the majority of the animals were relocated, 32 chimpanzees remained. Now, with a little more than three weeks left before the new year, it is more important than ever to help ensure these precious chimps are placed in their new homes in 2021.

Norma is one of the 32 chimps needing to be rehomed in a sanctuary. 

While the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been temporarily caring for the chimps, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) has been working to secure the chimps forever homes in four reputable sanctuaries throughout the United States.

WAN had the opportunity to speak with several of the people and organizations that are involved in the multi-faceted rescue and relocation effort to save the chimps.

Ewok is one of the 32 chimps needing to be rehomed in a sanctuary.

“It was either we take action or we would have a catastrophe with animals not being cared for,” CDFW Regional Manager Ed Pert shared with WAN. “These chimps have been in difficult circumstances most of their lives and we want to do what’s right for them.”

Most of the chimps have been rescued from animal testing labs, as well as the so-called “entertainment” and “pet” industries, and reportedly cost $100,000 to care for each month.

“The situation is dire and we don’t want funding to run out with the world currently the way it is,” Erika Fleury, Program Director for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance told WAN, who explained the urgent need for funding to cover the cost of construction and building viable new habitats at the various sanctuaries, as well as for the complex care of the chimps. “This is a massive collaboration involving NAPSA and the participating sanctuaries, our fundraising partner 7th Generation Advisors, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Waystation itself.”

Cy is one of the 32 chimps needing to be rehomed in a sanctuary.

According to Fluery, despite the various sanctuaries being full, they have the potential to get all of the remaining chimpanzees placed in 2021, but financial donations are critically needed to help make this happen.

Sanctuaries need funds to build space as soon as possible and plan for lifetime care costs. In the meantime, funds are needed to provide care for these chimpanzees while their new homes are being created. An anonymous foundation also recently offered a $250,000 matching grant which they want to fulfill by the end of the year.

“All of these pieces have to come together at once,” continued Fleury. “It is nerve-racking.”

For example, Fleury shared with WAN, Chimp Haven in Louisiana, the world’s largest sanctuary of its kind, agreed to take 11 chimps by Spring of next year, even though the sanctuary is currently at full capacity. To facilitate this, Chimp Haven first needs to secure the estimated $1.7 million dollars necessary to create more space and construct new habitats for the animals.

Fleury further explained that six of the chimps are able to be relocated to Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW in Washington by Fall. Another seven can also be rehomed at the Center for Great Apes in Florida. The organization Primarily Primates in Texas also agreed to take eight of the chimps providing they have the financing needed to expand their facilities to accommodate them.

Funds are being raised through the Chimpanzees in Need emergency fundraising campaign that was launched by the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance and the nonprofit 7th Generation Advisors. Contributions to the campaign are collected through 7th Generation-led Wildlife Rescue Fund.

Please help these 32 precious chimps relocate to their new homes in 2021 and make a donation HERE!

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Urgent Action Needed: Contact Your Federal Legislators To Support The Big Cat Public Safety Act Which Is Being Voted On Tomorrow!

Tragically, throughout the United States, thousands of big cats such as: tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas are kept in miserable, insecure, and unsafe conditions by irresponsible owners. The Big Cat Public Safety Act works to address this issue by banning the private ownership of these animals and prohibiting exhibitors, such as roadside zoos, from allowing public contact with cubs.

Sadly, these types of so-called zoos profit by charging the public a fee to interact with cubs and big cats for “selfies.” These facilities separate cubs from their mothers very soon after birth so they can be handled by visitors; it is an endless cycle of breeding to keep cubs available in order to make money off of them. Once cubs are grown and become too dangerous to handle, they may end up in the illegal wildlife trade, sold to other unscrupulous zoos or exhibitors, or to people who are unqualified to care for them as so-called “pets.”

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Urgent Action Needed! Tell Jimba Safaris To Stop The Lion Hunt In November Just Outside Of Hwange National Park In Zimbabwe

Photo of Mopane the lion

WAN has been informed by our partners that a lion hunt is scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe at the beginning of November 2020.

Allegedly, Wayne Dietrechsen with Jimba Safaris will be leading the hunt sometime between November 1st – 12th to kill one or more lions that have been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Cecil The Lion group and Peace 4 Animals visited these beautiful animals in Zimbabwe last year and recently discovered that the hunt will allegedly be taking place near The Hide Lodge.

“While visiting Zimbabwe, we were lucky enough to see Mopane, a very large male lion that is of breeding age and the father of eight cubs,” Mark Robinson, Founder of Cecil The Lion group, told WAN. “It’s heartbreaking to think that Mopane could be killed by these hunters who dare to call their work ‘conservation.’”

Mopane along with Humba, Netsai, and Nquwele, make up a group of male lions who bring hundreds of thousands of dollars through photo safari tourism into Hwange National Park. The revenue through photo safaris goes towards conservation, the community, and to those who work in the Park. The community has also donated thousands of dollars towards conservation efforts in and around Hwang National Park.

Allegedly, Dietrechsen’s clients will be paying him tens of thousands of dollars to kill these beautiful animals. Hindering the crucially needed revenue that goes to the villagers and local communities through photo safaris that not only keeps these lions safe, but creates lifelong memories for tourists visiting Zimbabwe.

Trophy hunting puts the “Con” in Conservation.

Urge Jimba Safaris to put a stop to this hunt immediately. Africa’s lions need to be protected for the future of Africa. (Information Below)

+263 712 605 492

+263 712 215 974

+263 773 280 243 (24hrs)

Email:

wayned@zol.co.zw
wayned@iwayafrica.co.zw
tracellechase@gmail.com

Official Booking Agent
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Contact: Pedro P. Alejandre
pedro@spainsafaris.es
+34 670 78 73 95

You can also leave a comment on Jimba Safaris’ website HERE!

The Cecil The Lion community has already helped to stop scheduled hunts before and we can do it again. In memory of Cecil The Lion, we must protect the rest of Africa’s lions for future generations to come.

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WAN Exclusive: Urgent Help Needed To Stop The Destruction By Martabe Goldmine Of The Rainforest Habitat Of The Last 800 Critically Endangered Tapanuli Orangutans In Sumatra

Photo of rare Tapanuli Orangutan by: Maxime Aliaga 

Tapanuli orangutans were classified as a new great ape species found in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2017, there are now sadly fewer than 800 individuals remaining in the wild.

Forest protection is vital for the survival of this rare and critically-endangered species as they live in smaller sub-populations in an already fragmented forest landscape. Tragically, their habitat is under multiple threats including the active Martabe Goldmine, in the Batang Toru region of North Sumatra.

Martabe Goldmine and forested region in February 2020

That is why Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is calling on British Company Jardine Matheson to URGENTLY STOP destroying Tapanuli orangutan habitat and immediately restore the forest they have already cleared.

Jardine Matheson owns the Martabe Goldmine through its subsidiary Astra International, which is Indonesia’s largest company. In 2018, after acquiring the goldmine, they made a firm commitment not to expand the mine into the Tapanuli orangutan habitat. They reportedly also told environmental organizations that they were concerned about the species and would not alter the surrounding landscape.

However, satellite imagery has now revealed the clearing of orangutan habitat adjacent to the active mine. The extent of the clearing is nearly 21.5 acres of forest. The mine already occupies an area of 67.6 acres which was formerly orangutan habitat before being cleared to allow for the extraction and processing of gold ore.

Martabe Mine with cleared forested area on June 25, 2020

“Destroying the habitat of this rare great ape cousin after claiming they would help in its conservation brings such claims into question, and makes a mockery out of the company and its subsidiaries’ commitment to sustainability in the real world,” Dr. Gary Shapiro, President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation and The Orangutan Project-USA told WAN exclusively. “Jardine Matheson needs to rectify this situation promptly. “

Jardine Matheson also owns the Mandarin Oriental Hotel chain which prides itself on environmentally sustainable practices within its hotels. Guests of the hotel would most-likely be shocked to know that its parent company owns an extractive operation that is destroying the habitat of our planet’s most critically endangered great ape, and of critically endangered Sumatran tigers and pangolins.

“Authentic Corporate Social Responsibility means acting in ways that are consistent with pledges to protect people, wildlife, and the environment. Would their clients think favorably if they knew the company was threatening the survival of our most critically endangered great ape cousin?” questioned Shapiro. “It would be hypocritical for a company to be posturing itself as an environmentally conscious business while operating contrary to those claims in remote areas of the world.”

Please join Orang Utan Republik Foundation and sign this petition urging Jardine Matheson to immediately halt any further destruction of forest adjacent to their active mine and to restore the cleared forest to its former status, HERE!

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Urgent Call To Action For Californians: Help Ban Use Of Cruel Rat Poison Statewide By Urging Governor Newsom To Sign Bill 1788 Into Law

Tragically, deadly poisons are still actively being used by “pest control” operators.

As recent as last week, WAN reported on the senseless death of another bobcat that died as a result of ingesting a poisoned rodent.

It is urgent that Governor Gavin Newsom sign Bill 1788, The California Ecosystems Protection Act, which will ban second generation rodenticide use in California and the use of any rodenticides in state parks. This will protect countless animals, including mice, owls, hawks, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rats, bobcats, and mountain lions, from painful and untimely deaths.

Ironically, AB 1788 landed on Newsom’s desk just as bobcat B-372 and mountain lion P-76 both died horrible deaths from uncontrolled bleeding due to rodenticide poisoning.

These recent deaths of innocent animals are even more reason for the Governor to sign this crucial bill into law.

In Los Angeles, noted mountain lion P-22 also suffered from the uncontrolled use of rodenticide. Without treatment for rodenticide poisoning in 2014, P-22 would have perished after much suffering.

Please urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign this bill before it’s too late for mountain lions and other wild animals.

1. Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 to support an immediate moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

You could say, “Please protect California’s wild animals from cruel and indiscriminate anticoagulant rodenticide poisons before it’s too late. Please sign AB 1788 into law today.”

2. Contact Governor Newsom on Facebook and Twitter. Urge him to sign AB 1788 into law to ban anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

3. Submit In Defense of Animals’ letter by filling out the form on their page HERE.

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Urgent Call To Action To Help Save 450 Dying Tule Elk In The Bay Area That Are Being Deprived Of Water By Ranchers

In Defense of Animals, ForELK, TreeSpirit Project, Rancho Compasión and 50 concerned local citizens produced an eye-catching artwork at Point Reyes National Seashore on Sunday, September 13th, in an effort to free trapped Tule elk. The world’s largest remaining herd of the rare California native animal are fenced and dying in a compound amid drought conditions and nearby wildfires which have created a choking haze of smoke across the entire West Coast.

The National Park Service (NPS) has repeatedly refused to intervene to ensure more lives are not lost, prompting local activists to deliver water to the elk. Tragically, between 2012 and 2014, 254 Tule elk of a herd of 542 died from lack of access to adequate water and forage.

“The growing number of dead Tule elk has many local people extremely concerned,” said Fleur Dawes, of In Defense of Animals in an email sent to WAN. “As locals hear what is happening to the elk at the Seashore, more and more people want to take part and stop a repeat of the mass deaths and address the ranching problem.”

“It’s tragic that 58 years after the park was established to protect the elk, dairy and beef ranchers are getting away with their murder. Ranchers want fewer elk so they can expand their taxpayer-subsidized beef and cheese production in the park. The NPS, Congressman Jared Huffman and Senator Diane Feinstein are letting these rare animals die of thirst in a barbaric ‘cull,’ because of lobbying by the powerful animal agriculture industry,” continued Fleur. “We’re calling on Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Adam Schiff to step in to free the elk and restore the National Seashore. We encourage concerned citizens to take action at www.idausa.org/elk.

Tule elk were once nearly wiped out by hunting and ranching, but were brought to Point Reyes by the NPS in the late 1970s. Since then, the herd has become the largest in the state at just 450 individuals. Even though they’re federally protected, the elk are still in danger because of ranchers.

On a rescue mission, brave activists risked their freedom to deliver water to elk while cows beyond the fence have free access to perennial streams. Although this water will save some elk, it’s only a stop-gap solution.

In Defense of Animals and other organizations are calling on the National Park Service to truly preserve Tule elk by removing the fences and the ranches that go with them.

What you can do:

There are many ways in which you can help the Tule elk at Point Reyes:

1) Please take a moment to call the following California legislators, State and National Park officials, and Point Reyes ranchers. Urge them to take down the Tomales Point Elk Reserve fence, provide Tule elk free access to fresh water, and transition away from private ranching in public parkland.

United States Senator, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707

United States Senator, Kamala Harris, (202) 224-3553

California Secretary for Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot, (916) 653-5656

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, (916) 445-2841

California Congressman, Jared Huffman, (202) 225-5161

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elk and Pronghorn Division, Kristin Denryter, (916) 801-0649

Point Reyes National Seashore, Acting Superintendent Carey Feierabend, (415) 464-5102

National Park Service, Pacific Regional Director, Woody Smeck, (415) 623-2100

National Park Service, Wildlife Ecologist, Dave Press, (415) 858-9667

Clover Sonoma Chairman & CEO Marcus Benedetti, (800) 237-3315

Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery, (707) 776-2887

Rick Lafranchi, Managing Partner, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, (415) 662-6200

Sue Conley Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery, (415) 580-2435

2) Buying and eating the products of meat ranchers and dairy farmers hurts and kills wild animals such as Tule elk. As our human population grows and consumes ever-more meat and dairy, wild animals are ruthlessly pushed out, killed, or, as in this case, killed by design with fences blocking access to water sources. Make the switch HERE!

3) Donate to IDA’s fundraiser to deliver water to the Tule elk HERE!

4) Sign IDA’s letter to the following Point Reyes ranchers, California legislators, and State and National Park officials HERE! Your comments will be immediately delivered to the Government officials mentioned above.

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