November 9th, 2012 12:16 EST
What About Wildlife?
We congratulate President Obama on his victory and look forward to working with him and his administration in the coming months and years.
With the election now behind us, President Obama and the new Congress must find a balanced way to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. This budgetary gridlock is threatening to unleash a series of devastating budget cuts that will slash funding for wildlife conservation to the bone.
Please watch my short video, then take action " tell your elected representative not to devastate the budget for endangered wildlife.
The harsh reality is this: If Congress doesn`t get its act together and pass a budget before December 31, a cascade of crippling budget cuts will automatically sweep through all federal programs.
The effect on wildlife will be devastating.
- The listing and recovery of endangered species will be severely curtailed.
- Urgent research on threats to endangered animals " like the white-nose syndrome that is wiping out entire colonies of bats " could be abandoned.
- Wildlife law enforcement reductions will leave wildlife refuges vulnerable to criminal activity and will decimate anti-wildlife poaching and smuggling enforcement operations.
- Many national wildlife refuges, forests and parks will be closed entirely " harming local economies that benefit from millions of visitors each year.
- Many public lands` visitor centers will close, resulting in loss of education and recreation programs that benefit outdoor enthusiasts and children.
- Important protections for migratory birds will go unenforced.
Tell your representatives in Congress to do their job, and maintain needed protections for wildlife and their habitats.
When Congress returns next week, they must act to stop this budget disaster. Tell them they must come to an agreement that will not harm crucial wildlife conservation programs.
Wildlife lovers like you and me have a busy and challenging year ahead. We will be in touch soon with more details of our comprehensive wildlife strategy for 2013.
Thank you for speaking out for wildlife.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife