This page will include information to help you take action on recent decisions that harm the environment. I will update as necessary.
At the bottom I've listed some links if you want to donate to good organizations that protect elephants.
There are two current issues:
Lift on ban on trophy hunting
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- URGENT The Senate will be voting on the budget bill shortly. The chance to change this ends when they approve the budget.
First, two links that may be helpful as you develop your message to lawmakers:
Contacting Department of Interior and US Fish and Wildlife regarding trophy hunting ban. This link has been a bit grumpy. It is iworry.org/action/
I recommend that you contact your state representatives and senators. You may call or write.
If you call, you will have a very limited time to state your position. Be ready with a brief statement. An example might be:
I am calling to express my opposition to the Department of Interior's decision to allow the import of wild animal trophies.
If you write: I am including the body of the letter I sent, below. While you are welcome to use any or all of this letter, I encourage you to write from the heart and tell the story you want heard. Some tips:
The reality is that a low level staffer will be reviewing this letter and will log a check mark in a column (for or against) under an issue. If your letter is compelling, it may be raised to a more senior staffer. If its really good, the lawmaker may see it. Make it good enough to be seen.
The letter I sent is as follows. It addresses both the drilling and trophy hunting issue. You may want to send separate letters.
As citizens of the United States of America, we have the privilege, right and obligation to participate in the decisions made by our lawmakers. I am extremely disturbed by two recent actions taken in the dark without consultation of the American public or even relevant experts to properly influence the decision.
I speak to you first of the recent Interior Department decision to allow the importation of wild animal trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are multiple reasons this decision is deeply flawed.
It is especially troubling that the Department of Interior has been quietly accepting applications for permits to import trophies for several months before announcing the change in policy. We, your constituents, see this as an indicator of pandering to a small group of special interest individuals and organizations.
The second item I wish to draw to your attention is inclusion in the budget bill to provide for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The backdoor inclusion in a budget bill was a surprise to many Americans who actively have worked with the government to prevent this drilling from occurring or to ensure that it is done in a thoughtful. informed manner. The areas impacted provide vital nesting grounds for migratory birds and would have long range an impact on the viability of these populations as well as negatively impact local Native American populations that subsist on the caribou of the land.
I strongly oppose both of these measures and ask that you act to address them immediately.
Want to donate? I can vouch for each of these organizations personally.