Tell the NOAA: Don't Let Sea Lions Go Hungry!

Little sardines are a huge part of the ocean food web. Alarmingly, out in California industrial fishing operations are catching too many of these little fish and unbalancing the delicate ecosystem, resulting in starving sea lion pups along the Southern California coast. More than 1,600 sea lions were found stranded and malnourished last year, victims of a collapsing sardine fishery—and these strandings are continuing up and down the California coast.

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned of impending collapse in 2012, but NOAA leadership made no move to stop the overfishing. Today it is acknowledging the population collapse and its effects on sea lions, but it still refuses to admit that fishing is a primary cause. Without NOAA acknowledging the problem and establishing stronger regulations to restore sardine populations, overfishing will continue.

Pacific sardine numbers have dropped 74 percent in just seven years—two-thirds of this decline was removed by the fishery. The sea lion deaths may be the tip of the iceberg, as new evidence indicates sardine scarcity is leading to brown pelicans experiencing nesting failures.

Take action today: Ask NOAA to acknowledge overfishing’s role in the Pacific sardine collapse and to curb overfishing and restore the sardine population to its former abundance.

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In an email from Endangered Earth:

Lynx Win 25 Million Acres in Six States

Canada lynx now have nearly 25 million acres of federally protected “critical habitat” across six states: Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Wyoming.

The decision, just finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the culmination of years of work to protect these beautiful cats. Adapted for hunting in deep snow, lynx have thick cushions of hair on the soles of their feet that act like built-in snowshoes and help them catch snowshoe hares. Their population dropped dramatically in the past because of trapping, which remains a key threat along with habitat loss and degradation. The current protected area is slightly smaller than a 2009 designation challenged by snowmobile associations — which the Center for Biological Diversity and allies countered in court — but it’s essential for the great cats’ survival and recovery.

"These unique cats face a broad array of threats, including snowmobiles, trapping, development and now climate change," said the Center’s Noah Greenwald. "They need every acre of critical habitat that was designated, and more, if they’re going to avoid extinction in the United States."

Stop Wild Horse Roundups

Wild horses are being rounded up and removed from their home on our public lands by the thousands every year. Today more wild horses live in captivity in taxpayer-subsidized holding facilities than remain in the wild. This is despite alternatives that are less costly and more humane. Return to Freedom has been promoting “in the wild” management solutions for more than 16 years. It’s time that the Bureau of Land Management stopped bowing to pressure from ranchers who only seek to profit by grazing their livestock on our public lands.

Wild horses are part of our history and our culture and are an enduring symbol of freedom. If we do not protect them now, they will be gone forever. 

Simon Cowell : Pull next weeks UK x-Factor section that glorifies captive dolphins

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In an email from Animals Australia:

Last week I couldn’t have imagined writing to you not once, but twice, to let you know that a fast food giant has agreed to dump cage eggs.

But it’s true.

Not even one week after McDonald’s announced its landmark commitment to phase out cage eggs, Subway Australia is now following suit!

Click here to see how it happened.

The battery hen is long overdue some good fortune. And as one of the most abused animals in the Australian farming system, this welcome news couldn’t have come soon enough.

These historic phase-outs will literally change the lives of millions of animals. They will help re-shape the Australian egg industry and weaken support for one of the cruellest ‘farming’ systems on the planet. In the struggle to end cruelty to animals raised for food, there is no stronger sign that we are heading in the right direction.

Hungry Jack’s — the last of the big chains to move on battery cages — will be carefully considering their next move. Not only because their major competitors have signaled that battery cages are too cruel for business here in Australia — but Hungry Jack’s parent company Burger King has already abandoned cage eggs throughout the U.S.A.

If this week has taught us anything, it’s that when good people unite for animals, they really can change the world. Sometimes, quicker than you might expect.