Shasta County ends contract with federal wildlife-killing agency

Officials in Shasta County, California, have announced that the county will be ending its contract with federal wildlife-killing agency Wildlife Services. The announcement comes after advocacy by Guardians and many allies.

Shasta County’s previous contract with Wildlife Services authorized the program to kill hundreds of bears and coyotes, as well as thousands of birds, muskrats, and other animals in the county every year. Over the past two years, Wildlife Services killed 72,385 animals in Shasta County, including non-target species like domestic dogs.

We hope Shasta will stick to nonlethal alternatives to address conflicts with wildlife, instead of spending residents’ tax dollars on trapping, poisoning, and shooting innocent animals.

Read the press release.

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Proposed Revisions to Edangered Species Act Put Wildlife at Riskn

*Versión en español abajo*

In response to proposed revisions to regulations listed on the Endangered Species Act announced today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, senior vice president, wildlife conservation:

“Any effort to weaken the Endangered Species Act is of grave concern. Its effectiveness is proven – 99 percent of species listed on it have avoided extinction. The steps proposed today by the Administration, including removing the Blanket Section 4(d) Rule, would weaken important protections for threatened and endangered species and put our planet’s imperiled wildlife further at risk. By keeping these precautionary measures under the ESA intact, we can ensure the survival of America’s remarkable wildlife while also doing our part to stem the sweeping loss of biodiversity we are seeing globally.”


En respuesta a la propuesta de revisión de los reglamentos enumerados bajo la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción anunciada hoy por el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos, World Wildlife Fund emitió la siguiente declaración de Ginette Hemley, vicepresidenta de Conservación de Vida Silvestre:

“Cualquier intento por debilitar la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (Ley ESA) es motivo de gran preocupación. La efectividad de esta ley está comprobada: el 99 por ciento de las especies incluidas en esta ley han logrado evitar la extinción. Los pasos propuestos por la Administración, incluyendo la eliminación de la Norma General Sección 4(d), debilitarían importantes medidas de protección para las especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción, aumentando aún más el riesgo de la vida silvestre amenazada de nuestro planeta. Al mantener intactas estas medidas de precaución en la Ley ESA, podemos asegurar la supervivencia de la maravillosa fauna silvestre de los Estados Unidos y al mismo tiempo contribuir a detener la enorme pérdida de biodiversidad que estamos viendo a nivel mundial”.


WWF Urges Action on Unsustainable Fishing as UN Report Shows Dangerous Declines in Global Fisheries

Rome, 9 July 2018 – The release today of the latest global assessment of fishing by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is cause for great concern. The report shows that the percentage of fisheries classified as overfished continues to increase and is now a third of all assessed fisheries worldwide. Only a decade ago, this percentage was a quarter, and in 1974, the baseline for the report,10 percent of assessed stocks were overfished.

Michele Kuruc, Head of WWF’s delegation to the ongoing FAO Fisheries Committee meeting, said: “This steady creep upwards in overfishing must be seen as a clear warning that despite many efforts to curb this serious problem, clearly, we are not yet winning the battle.

As growing coastal populations lead to an increased demand for fish for food and livelihoods, particularly in less developed countries, the depletion of fish stocks will hit those most vulnerable, especially small-scale fishers whose daily nutrition and livelihoods are already on the line. With overfishing and its ecosystem impacts increasingly becoming a humanitarian issue, global leaders must act urgently to rein in unsustainable fishing to achieve the agreed sustainable development goals.

According to WWF, solutions to unsustainable and destructive fishing must include governments urgently setting aside short-term economic interests and responding instead to scientific advice on managing shared fish stocks and ecosystems with a long-term, responsible outlook; partnering with small-scale fishing communities to support sustainable fishing; ending harmful subsidies; and making further progress on tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). In addition, WWF is calling for robust action to protect important habitats like fish spawning areas, coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses which are vital for global ocean and fisheries health.

“It is important to note that this report does not assess the broader ecosystem impacts of fishing on threatened and non-target species. We know that fishing’s impact on whales and dolphins, turtles, sharks, seabirds, and other species groups continues to be a major threat to ocean ecosystems, as does its footprint on fragile and productive habitats,” added Kuruc.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture is a bi-annual report published by the FAO. In 2007, 52 percent of assessed fish stocks were at maximum sustainably/fully-fished levels, while the findings published today show the figure to be close to 60 percent.