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Lawsuit Launched to Save Giraffes From Extinction

Giraffe populations have dropped nearly 40 percent in the past three decades. And the crisis is only getting more urgent.

That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and allies this week filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to respond to our 2017 petition to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act. Just over 97,000 of these beloved, impossibly long-necked animals remain in the wild: The species is gravely imperiled by habitat loss, civil unrest, hunting for meat and the international trade in bone carvings, skins and trophies.

"Africa now has fewer giraffes than elephants, but the Trump administration refuses to throw these imperiled creatures a lifeline. That has to change, before it's too late," said the Center's Tanya Sanerib.

Read more at The Hill, check out this video, and consider donating to our Trump Resistance Fund.

Gray wolf

Wolves Need National Recovery Plan — So We're Suing

Under the Endangered Species Act, wolves must remain protected until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implements a comprehensive recovery plan for them. Yet this summer the agency instead announced a scheme to strip protection from the species across the lower 48 states.

That would make wolves vulnerable to trophy hunting and trapping, halting their progress toward recovery.
So on Wednesday the Center filed a notice of intent to sue the Service over its failure to make a recovery plan.

"Endangered Species Act protection pulled gray wolves back from the brink," said the Center's Collette Adkins. "Cutting their lifeline now would get wolves needlessly killed and terribly hobble their progress toward a comeback."

Check out our press release.

Protection Denied to Near-extinct Furry Forest Mammal

Humboldt marten

Oregon just voted to deny state Endangered Species Act safeguards to Humboldt martens. Fewer than 200 of these cat-sized carnivores are left in the state.

The Center and allies petitioned to protect the martens in June. These animals have been nearly wiped out due to logging, development of their old-growth forest habitat, and historical trapping for their fur.

"This decision to ignore available science could mean the disappearance of Oregon's cutest creature," said Center scientist Tierra Curry. Get details in The Oregonian.

Bill Snape

The allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh are now at the center of the debate about his fitness to serve on the highest court in the land. This new information must be addressed through a fair, nonpartisan and thorough process. Meanwhile, due to Kavanaugh's track record on the environment, we're continuing to oppose his confirmation.

As the Center's Senior Counsel Bill Snape notes, while Kavanaugh was a circuit court judge, he voted against the interests of wildlife 96 percent of the time. Please take a moment now to urge your senators to vote no on Kavanaugh.

The Revelator: Vanishing Languages, Vanishing Species

Green sea turtle

At least 40 percent of the world's approximately 7,100 languages risk going extinct within generations — and an intriguing new piece in The Revelator explores the tragic connection between disappearing languages and species.

Debra Utacia Krol's article discusses how saving some of the world's rarest languages and cultures could also help save endangered creatures and ecosystems. The two forms of loss are deeply linked, and when we recognize those links, there's hope we can fight them both.

Read the story now.


Tell Applebee's to Make Its Menu Greener

Applebee's is one of the country's largest restaurant chains, but it doesn't offer a single plant-based entrée. And those chicken tenders and steak dinners come with greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, water use and habitat loss the planet can't afford.

For the first time in history, more people are eating out or buying prepared meals than cooking at home. That's why the Center has teamed up with One Meal a Day to get Earth-friendly, plant-based options on every menu across the country — starting with Applebee's.

On Tuesday activists from California to North Carolina called on the restaurant chain to add plant-based entrees to their menus. Take action to ask Applebee's for greener menu options.

Suit Seeks Records on Airplane Pollution Standards


The Center sued the Trump administration on Monday for refusing to release public records on the feds' failure to develop greenhouse gas emission standards for airplanes (which the Clean Air Act requires).

Documents sought include communications between U.S. officials and airlines or airplane manufacturers like Boeing.

"Americans deserve to know what backroom deals may be killing efforts to curb dangerous airplane pollution," said the Center's Bill Snape. Read more.

Snowy plover

Wild & Weird: After 50 Years, Plovers Fledge at Huntington

Get excited, plover lovers: For the first time in 50 years, western snowy plovers have successfully nested and fledged chicks at California's famous Huntington State Beach.

Check out footage of those fledglings making a big flap forward for ploverkind on Facebook or YouTube.

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Photo credits: Kenyan giraffe by Olli Pitkanen/Flickr; gray wolf by Lou Gold/Flickr; Humboldt marten by Charlotte Eriksson/Oregon State University; Applebee's restaurant by Mike Mozart; Kavanaugh video courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; green sea turtle by John Burns/NOAA; airplane by dsleeter_2000/Flickr; snowy plover video still by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.

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