Good News from Defenders of Wildlife

Posted on November 27, 2008

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Just got this news today from Defenders of Wildlife. There are good things happening!

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We won vital new protections for some of the world’s most endangered whales.
Fighting opposition from Vice President Cheney’s office, we helped win new protections for endangered right whales threatened by ship strikes. And despite Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s strong opposition, Defenders successfully argued for much-needed protections for the Cook Inlet beluga.

Protected sea otters and other marine wildlife off the coasts of California.
Defenders of Wildlife’s California staff led a successful fight to pass new legislation that will improve oil spill clean-up and save wildlife. Defenders also led efforts to secure more than $250,000 each year in vital state funding for sea otter research and protection.

Planned wolf hunts in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies have been stopped.
Our lawyers successfully argued in court to restore vital federal protections to wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. And while in its waning days the Bush/Cheney Administration continues the push to eliminate these protections, your support helped us save hundreds of wolves that otherwise could have died in planned wolf hunts.

Secured important protections for polar bears threatened with extinction.
This year, the polar bear finally won protection under the Endangered Species Act after tens of thousands of Defenders activists like you called on federal officials to list this arctic ice king.

Thousands more Defenders supporters successfully urged their Senators to include and fund the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act through comprehensive climate change legislation considered by the Senate. And many more have contributed to our important legal efforts to protect vital polar bear habitat, prevent polar bear trophy hunting and stop Governor Sarah Palin, Safari Club International and others from allowing these majestic animals to be killed.

We are making progress . . .

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