Friday, January 06, 2006

Defending Wildlife Starts in Ohio

From Defenders of Wildlife:

For more than 30 years, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has protected magnificent creatures such as the bald eagle, Florida panther, sea otter, and American alligator from extinction.

In September, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Richard Pombo's (R-CA) "Wildlife Extinction" bill, which would gut the ESA. The fate of the Endangered Species Act will ultimately be decided in the Senate. Help us ensure that the Pombo “Wildlife Extinction” bill does NOT become law. Send a message to your Senators now!

Take Action Now

If you live in Ohio, your participation is very important!

Help us save the Endangered Species Act. Sign up today to become a part of our Ohio Wildlife Defense Team.

As you may know, this September the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Wildlife Extinction Bill" (H.R. 3824), legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) which virtually dismantles the Endangered Species Act. Now our only hope is to stop this bill from passing the Senate.

The good news is that, with your help, we can win.

The beginning of 2006 is an important time for our wolves, bald eagles, and other wildlife. The Senate will be making important decisions about this bill and the Endangered Species Act.

Ohio senators will play a vital role in the outcome. In fact, Senator Voinovich sits on the Environment and Public Works committee, the committee that would be ultimately responsible for any Endangered Species Act legislation.

Help us succeed by signing up to become an Ohio wildlife advocate today. Never forget that your voice matters.

Here are just a few of the ways you can help:

  • Communicate with your elected officials. Tell Senators Voinovich and DeWine to protect the Endangered Species Act.
  • Sponsor an activist event. Host a house party, bringing together friends and family to discuss the Wildlife Extinction Bill and the harm it would do to the Endangered Species Act and write letters to your elected officials, or provide a forum for Defenders staff to come to talk with members of your community.
  • Speak in your community. Take the wildlife and wild places protection message to groups and organizations in your community. This can include local Rotary or Kiwanis Clubs, schools, religious institutions, or other community groups.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Raise awareness about the Endangered Species Act and the Wildlife Extinction Bill both in the media and the public by bringing these issues to light in your local papers.

Defenders of Wildlife is only as effective as our activists and supporters make us. Only with help from individuals like you, can we save the Endangered Species Act and prevent the reversal of the positive strides it has made for wildlife over the past 30 years. Working together we can make a difference! Please sign up to be an Ohio wildlife advocate today!

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