USA: Save Tule Elk From Being Killed / Baby Trump Vetoes Bill that Would Eliminate Use of Large-scale Driftnet Fishing in Federal Waters. Please Support Campaigns.

SAVE TULE ELK FROM BEING KILLED (seaturtles.org)

Next week, the fate of the free-roaming tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore will be decided.

I need your help right now to protect these magnificent animals from being removed—or worse, killed—from the National Seashore.

Tell California officials to vigorously oppose the Point Reyes-North District Golden Gate NRA General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement at next Thursday’s hearing of the California Coastal Commission.

The plan will eliminate the free-ranging tule elk in Point Reyes National Seashore, despite vehement opposition from California residents and wildlife advocates.

Up until a few decades ago, tule elk, endemic to California, were thought to be extinct as a result of unfettered commercial hunting and displacement by cattle. Many California residents and groups, including the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, spent decades working to re-establish a free-ranging herd on the National Seashore.

Today, the tule elk are living proof of the success of conservation. 

Please let California officials know that it is unreasonable to support the Point Reyes-North District Golden Gate NRA General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement—a plan that will eliminate the free-ranging tule elk that were so recently brought back from the brink of extinction, and that the Park Service and many others fought so hard to re-introduce.

This disastrous plan is up for a vote NEXT THURSDAY, January 14.

Please let California officials know that you oppose this proposal not only for its plans to eliminate tule elk from the Point Reyes National Seashore but for the additional and expanded agricultural uses which are certain to cause further conflicts between ranching operations and native wildlife.

Thank you for your support,  

Our ocean just suffered a huge loss.

On Friday, President Trump vetoed a bill that would gradually eliminate the use of large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off the coast of California.

The West Coast driftnet fishery is the only one remaining in the United States for good reason — this antiquated fishing method catches and kills marine animals in horrifying amounts. In addition to potentially saving the Pacific leatherback sea turtle from extinction, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act would have provided funds for fishers to transition to more sustainable fishing methods with less bycatch of non-target species.

This attack on protected marine species is an attack on our ocean, our environment, our climate, and YOUR voice, Mark.

And Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partners will respond immediately — and do everything within our power to ensure the legislation is re-introduced under the Biden administration and signed into law. We won’t be able to respond so effectively without the support of activists like you.

Please help us share this disappointing news on Facebook and Twitter.

If Trump’s veto is allowed to stand, innocent marine animals — like whales, dolphins, fish, and sharks — will continue to be captured, injured, and even killed with little-to-no environmental review, public input, or analysis of long-term impacts on the environment, our economy, or the people who live near this habitat. 

Make no mistake: this decision is a clear attempt to put politics above common-sense wins for wildlife and for fishers.

We must — and will — do everything in our power to stop the Trump administration’s veto and save our ocean, including fighting back in federal court if necessary.

Thank you for standing with us at this critical moment.

Sincerely,  

Annalisa Batanides Tuel
     Policy & Advocacy Manager 
     Turtle Island Restoration Network

Trump cartoon posted on Port Washington-Saukville District Facebook

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