The Gulf's fragile ecosystems, including 36 national wildlife refuges, are facing unprecedented devastation. BP and the U.S. government aren't doing enough.
The oil spill's effect on endangered species is alarming. At least 40 species are seriously threatened in the Gulf, including Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, Sperm whale, Brown pelican, Bald eagle, Least tern, Piping plover, Manatee, Whooping crane, Alabama beach mouse, Bluefin tuna, and Gulf sturgeon.
Although wildlife rescuers are working tirelessly, they are overwhelmed. There are far too few people and resources to find and save wildlife in this vast area. In addition, rules and red tape are stopping qualified wildlife rescuers from helping to save oiled birds and other wildlife.
Please join us in calling on the federal government to do everything it can to save more endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dear Pres. Obama, Sec. Salazar, and Adm. Allen --
The BP oil spill disaster is killing endangered species and destroying critical wildlife habitat. Threatened and endangered sperm whales, manatees, sea turtles, and gulf sturgeon struggle to breathe as they swim through coastal waters. We all want as many wildlife as possible rescued from the BP oil spill disaster, but unfortunately, BP and the government are not doing enough to rescue the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico.
I'm writing to urge you to do everything you can to save all wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries and other wildlife rescuers are working hard to save animals harmed by the oil spill, but they need increased funding and support. It is of the utmost urgency that government agencies be armed with the resources they need in order to address the impacts of the oil spill on our ocean, coasts and wildlife. Please increase the personnel and funds dedicated to saving Gulf wildlife, and hold BP responsible for paying all costs of government and non-profit rescue operations.
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