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No. 1215, October 19, 2023
California Protects Wildlife From Toxic Rat Poison
Thanks to advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies — plus more than 4,000 comments from our Golden State supporters — California just passed a law to better protect wildlife, children and pets from dangerous rat poison.
Cosponsored by the Center and Raptors Are The Solution, the new law restricts the use of a rodenticide called diphacinone, which kills rats by preventing their blood from clotting. Sadly it also sickens animals who eat poisoned rats — at least 38 iconic California species, including imperiled San Joaquin kit foxes, northern spotted owls, California condors and California mountain lions. The famous Los Angeles mountain lion P-22 long suffered from rodenticide poisoning before dying last year. Rodenticides hurt people too (especially children).
“Rat poison indiscriminately harms animals up and down the food chain, making them more susceptible to disease and causing internal bleeding and death,” said the Center’s Tiffany Yap. “It’s heartening to know that California will take the necessary steps toward ending this needless torture.”
Biden Urged to Stop Mass Sea-Turtle Killing
The Center is calling on President Biden to impose trade sanctions to stop Mexico from accidentally catching — and killing — protected loggerhead sea turtles.
Each year Mexican fisheries off Baja California Sur catch thousands of loggerheads following their migration from nesting grounds in Japan. In August, NOAA Fisheries “certified” Mexico for its bycatch under U.S. law, which requires Biden to ban Mexican fish imports — but he still hasn’t done it.
“The United States has tools to push Mexico to limit loggerhead bycatch, so I’m frustrated that Biden isn’t using them,” said the Center’s International Director Sarah Uhlemann. “Loggerhead sea turtles need protection from both our nations to survive.”
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California Protects Rare Rock Daisy
Following a petition by the Center and allies, the California Fish and Game Commission has unanimously voted to protect Inyo rock daisies under the state’s Endangered Species Act. Inyo rock daisies are rare wildflowers growing only at the highest elevations of the southern Inyo Mountains — specifically on the ancient carbonate bedrock of Conglomerate Mesa, which is threatened by gold mining.
Blooming during the heat of the summer when other desert plants have gone dormant, Inyo rock daisies sport bright yellow flowers to attract pollinators.
“The commission made the right move by permanently protecting these incredibly rare cliff-dwelling wildflowers,” said Center biologist Ileene Anderson.
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Center Opinion: Saving Endangered Amphibians
A new study shows that almost 41% of all amphibians are at risk of extinction — the most of any class of vertebrates. And their plight is getting worse fast. Fortunately — partly thanks to Center work — 39 U.S. amphibian species are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
As the Center’s Noah Greenwald wrote in a new op-ed: “While the future looks grim for so many frogs, toads, salamanders and newts, we should also take heart, knowing that we have the tools to prevent them and so many other species from going extinct.”
Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to use the Act to its fullest and stop extinctions.
Revelator: Celebrating Sawfish
International Sawfish Day was this Tuesday ... and we’re still celebrating these delightfully bizarre creatures.
In this Revelator article, a conservation scientist writes about how she’d miss sawfish if any species went extinct — but there’s more to saving them than appreciating their cool look.
That's Wild: Our Four Fave Creepy-Cute Species
Is it possible to be both cute and creepy? But of course! What could be better, especially this month?
Get your Halloween on by checking out our new video about four cute animals with creepy secrets on Facebook or YouTube. And learn all about them in this Medium piece by the Center's Cybele Knowles.
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Photo credits: Mountain lion cubs courtesy NPS; loggerhead sea turtle by Joseph & Farideh/Picasa; extinct species illustration courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; Inyo rock daisy by Maria Jesus; golden eagle by Sarah2 via Canva, with Great Nonprofits logo;Chiricahua leopard frog by Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS; largetooth sawfish from Simon Fraser University/Wikimedia; velvet worm by nascenthought/Flickr.
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