The more important one: Please consider calling your Senators and Representative to tell them you think the UN resolution that just passed is inadequate, and that they should continue holding the supplemental spending request hostage (i.e. vote NO if it comes to the floor, and make a statement regarding why they are doing so) until Bush makes serious concessions, both in terms of granting more international control in Iraq (why would the international community contribute troops or money when they have no control over what will be done with those resources?), and firing some of the figures responsible for the lies and poor planning (starting with Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle; I'd like to add Cheney to the list, but he'd have to be impeached).
To: Chief, Division of Management Authority
Subject: Protect Endangered Species
I am writing to urge you to reject the "Draft Policy for Enhancement-of-Survival Permits for Foreign Species Listed Under the Endangered Species Act."
Since signed by President Nixon in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has offered a broad protection for endangered species from around the world. Putting a price on the head of an endangered species hardly seems like a sustainable way to preserve species on the brink of extinction.
Wildlife experts claim that opening up trade will lead to illegal poaching, and that this is just another example of letting industry write the rules when it comes to conservation. In addition, the Fish and Wildlife Service has not yet clearly defined "conservation," has demonstrated a low threshold for defining "conservation" in domestic matters in the past and will be hard-pressed to enforce the requirement that the money used to purchase endangered species will be spent on conservation efforts.
Please let me know how you intend to proceed on this issue.