Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Sen. Cornyn Shills for Oil and Gas Industry, Proposes Gutting Endangered Species Protections
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) offered an amendment yesterday to the Economic Development Administration reauthorization bill that would prevent a single species, the imperiled sand dune lizard, from being protected under the Endangered Species Act. The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Supreme Court Rejects Pesticide Case
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition today to reconsider the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ban on domestic food tolerances for carbofuran, a deadly pesticide used in food production. FMC Corporation, the leading manufacturer of carbofuran, and a group of powerful agribusiness lobbyists including the National Corn Growers Association, have repeatedly challenged a 2009 rule from the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke all food tolerances. EPA has shown that dietary exposure to carbofuran is unsafe for humans.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Nearly 300,000 Americans Call On Obama to Protect Wildlife, Water in National Forests
Hundreds of scientists, 67 members of Congress, more than a dozen national conservation organizations and nearly 300,000 citizens are calling on the Obama administration today to strengthen protections for wildlife and water in its proposed forest policy. The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president for Defenders of Wildlife:
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Interior Department Announces Wolf Delisting Rule
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it will be issuing a final rule to remove protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. Prompted by a provision tacked on by Congress to the latest must-pass budget bill, the Interior Department will be publishing tomorrow the same 2009 delisting rule that was struck down by a federal court in August. The rule will return management authority over wolves to the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Utah, while retaining federal control in Wyoming until an adequate state management plan is developed.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Rep. Pearce Leads Anti-Conservation Rally with Oil and Gas Industry
Rep. Steve Pearce is leading a rally today in Roswell, New Mexico opposing federal protection of endangered wildlife. Pearce, the former owner of an oil field service company, is pursuing legislation in Congress to eliminate protections for two species, the sand dune lizard and the lesser prairie chicken. On hand for the rally will be representatives for Big Oil, who stand to be the prime beneficiaries of Pearce’s legislation. The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Saving the King of the Jungle
Today, a coalition of wildlife groups—International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife—filed a petition with the Department of Interior to list African lions as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Administration Fails to Shield Arctic Wildlife From the Devastating Impacts of Climate Change
The following is a statement by Bob Irvin, senior vice president of conservation programs for Defenders of Wildlife:
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Population Grows for First Time in Four Years
The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico has grown for the first time in four years, federal wildlife officials announced today. The fragile population is up to at least 50 wolves and 2 breeding pairs, an increase of nearly 20 percent from this time last year.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Oil Spill Commission Final Report Outlines Industry-Wide Safety Lapses
The following is a statement from Richard Charter, offshore drilling expert and senior policy advisor for marine programs for Defenders of Wildlife: “The well-researched findings issued today chronicle the shortcuts and flawed drilling industry practices that led to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster and even now threaten other coasts. But a report cannot, by itself, protect America’s shorelines and regional economies from a repeat of the same disaster.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
New Report Details Plight of Polar Bears
Banking polar bear DNA, supplemental feedings and bear-resistant food storage are among measures that could be key to preserving polar bears for future generations, according to a new report by Defenders of Wildlife. With climate change threatening to push them to the brink of extinction, urgent action is needed to give the polar bears a shot at survival. The following is a statement from Karla Dutton, Alaska director for Defenders of Wildlife:
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