Center for Biological Diversity

Protect Alaska's Ice Seals From Global Warming

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In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the federal government has determined that two ice-dependent Arctic seals -- the ringed and bearded seal -- are threatened by climate change and should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Protection under the Act would provide time-tested tools to help save these seals from extinction.

Although the science is clear that bearded and ringed seals are in trouble, the state of Alaska and oil and gas corporations oppose protection for these ice-loving seals. The state has launched a war on wildlife challenging Endangered Species Act protections for Alaska species, including another ice-dependent species, the polar bear. The listing decisions for bearded and ringed seals will not be finalized until the end of this year, and the state of Alaska and Big Oil can be counted on to fight against the decisions all the way.

Please send a letter to the federal government to voice your support for the protection of Alaska's seals. Your support will help ensure that these seals get the protection they need for survival.

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Please take action by March 25, 2011.

Bearded seal photo (c) Pete Spruance.

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