End the Poisoning of Wildlife Refuges

Toxic agriculture pesticides don’t belong in wildlife refuges.
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Whooping cranes

Hi Everyaction,

Every year endangered whooping cranes come to Alabama's Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to rest and forage during their epic migrations.

But these birds and other species are exposed to massive amounts of toxic agricultural pesticides there. We're taking legal action to keep refuges safe for wildlife.

Please help by giving to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

America's national wildlife refuge system is the world's most diverse collection of lands set aside specifically for the preservation of fish and wildlife. Some were even created as a safe haven for migratory birds. Today the refuges are home to more than 280 species of protected plants and animals.

Frustratingly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows dangerous agricultural chemicals to be dumped all across the wildlife refuge system to grow row crops like soybeans and corn. These toxics can kill birds and cause severe harm in developing eggs. A single corn kernel treated with any of the common neonicotinoids could kill a songbird.

More than 350,000 pounds of agricultural pesticides were sprayed in wildlife refuges in 2018, an increase of 34% in just two years.

Nearly 70,000 acres were treated with products containing glyphosate, the pesticide that has caused widespread decreases in milkweed plants. This has triggered a massive decline of monarch butterflies.

We're calling on the Service to take immediate action to end the use of agricultural pesticides on refuges, including glyphosate, 2,4-D, dicamba and paraquat — all of which have been shown to harm wildlife.

The Service should prioritize the needs of fish, wildlife and plants — and not let commercial interests profit off poisoning our public lands.

To save life on Earth, we must protect imperiled species and keep their habitat and resting places free of poisons.

The federal government's callous approach to selling out wildlife — and the refuges designed to keep them safe and protected — must end, and we've taken action to stop it.

Please help with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


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Photo of whooping cranes in Texas' Aransas National Wildlife Refuge by Klaus Nigge/USFWS.
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