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Lawsuit Fights Trump’s Decision to Lift Elephant Protections

When the Trump administration took aim at

African elephants, the Center for Biological Diversity rushed into court to defend them. Our suit, filed

Monday with NRDC, challenges the administration’s abrupt reversal last week of an Obama-era ban on

elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe.

Africa’s elephants have been in steep decline.

The last thing they need is the United States lifting the trophy-import ban, setting off a new round of killing. Trump has tweeted he’s putting the ban “on hold”

— but tweets don’t make policy. Until we’re assured

these elephants are safe and the crucial ban is firmly

in place, we’ll keep fighting.

“The Trump administration must clearly and

permanently halt imports of elephant trophies

to protect these amazing animals from extinction,

” said the Center’s Tanya Sanerib.

Read more in The Hill and consider donating to our work to save elephants.



Good News for Texas Turtles

In response to a petition filed by the Center and

partners, Texas wildlife officials will propose a

rule to end unlimited commercial trapping of the

state’s wild freshwater turtles.

Unregulated commercial collection is depleting

turtle populations, including those of rare species

that may already be at risk of extinction. For several

years the Center has been pressuring states to

tighten their trapping regulations — and with

your help we’ve secured significant wins for

turtles in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri and

New York.

“We’re hopeful the Texas Parks and Wildlife

Commission will do the right thing and ban the

harmful turtle trade,” said Jenny Loda, a Center

attorney and biologist.

Read more in our press release.



$5,000 Reward for Info on Oregon Wolf Killing

The Center this week offered a $5,000 reward

for information leading to the arrest and

prosecution of whoever illegally shot a mother

wolf in Oregon. Police announced Friday that

the wolf, who had four pups, was found dead last Wednesday. At least 10 Oregon wolves have

been poached or died under mysterious

circumstances since they lost state protections

in late 2015.

“If wolves are ever going to recover in Oregon,

they have to stop being killed like this,” said the

Center’s Amaroq Weiss.

Read more in our press release.




Ignite Change Tops 10,000 Volunteers

— Are You In?

Trump and his hostility toward wildlife

and the environment seem to get worse by the

day. But there’s good news: The resistance is

growing just as fast. Already we’ve had more

than 10,000 activists sign up to be part of

Ignite Change, the Center’s nationwide network

of volunteers speaking up — and acting — to

save our lands, water and wildlife from Trump.

These groups of volunteers working in their

communities have already organized rallies,

pressured their members of Congress and told

Trump not to tear apart our national monuments.

But there’s much more to be done.

Want to take part? Getting started is easy.

Sign up for Ignite Change and we’ll help you tap

into this growing network wherever you are.

Save the San Pedro River From Water Theft

Southeast Arizona’s San Pedro River is one of

the most beautiful, important riparian areas in

the United States. More than 250 migrant bird

species depend on it, and beneath its cottonwood

trees, desert life abounds.

But “Villages at Vigneto,” a new sprawl development

in Benson, Ariz., could put the future of this river at

risk. The Army Corps of Engineers is reevaluating

the Clean Water Act permit it issued in 2006 when

the project was known as Whetstone Ranch. But

since then the proposal has mushroomed. Developers

want golf courses, artificial lakes and more than

29,000 homes — a Tuscany-themed playground

wasting lifesaving water in the desert.

We can’t let it happen. Demand that the Army Corps

revoke its 2006 permit and stop the theft of public

San Pedro water.



Revelator Feature: The Crappiest Places in America

America’s waters are infested with faeces — and

now The Revelator has made it easy to find the

worst poop-waste locations in your area.

E. coli bacteria are a measure of faecal

contamination because they live exclusively

in human and animal intestines, so the only

reason for them to be present in the environment

is because they were excreted there. E. coli can

also indicate the presence of dangerous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and pesticides.

Go ahead — dive into The Revelator and discover the filthiest places around.


England: Time Out – The Musical Box.

The Musical Box” is a song by English progressive rock band Genesis, which was originally released on their third studio album Nursery Cryme in 1971

The lyrics are based on a Victorian fairy story written by Gabriel, about two children in a country house.

The girl, Cynthia, kills the boy, Henry, by cleaving his head off with a croquet mallet. She later discovers Henry’s musical box.

When she opens it, “Old King Cole” plays, and Henry returns as a spirit, but starts aging very quickly. This causes him to experience a lifetime’s sexual desire in a few moments, and he tries to persuade Cynthia to have sexual intercourse with him.

However, the noise causes his nurse to arrive, and she throws the musical box at him, destroying them both.