21, 2008 - We just got life-saving news for the last 375 beluga
Alaska's Cook Inlet.
A note from
the NRDC on the government's decision to give the endangered
Beluga whales a reprieve.
Marine Fisheries Service has decided to place these imperiled
whales -- one of the smallest populations of marine mammals
left on the planet -- on the endangered species list.
It's a huge win for beluga whales, whose population has plummeted
due to the industrialization of Alaska's most populated and fastest-growing
And it's a huge win for the NRDC Action Fund. More than 118,000
online activists like you sent messages to the Bush Administration
demanding protection for the whales.
Our messages accounted for some two-thirds of all 180,000 comments
received! This outpouring of national pressure put the White House
on notice that the American people expect swift action to save
beluga whales from extinction.
But the Bush Administration
still dragged its feet. That's why our partner organization,
NRDC, and 10 other conservation groups
filed suit and put a halt to the administration’s delays.
The beluga's newly won protection will help scientists deal with
the many dangers now facing the whales: oil and gas exploration,
increased pollution, and plans for massive new projects that could
endanger the whales' survival.
We will hold the government's feet to the fire and make sure that
habitat protections are put in place under the Endangered Species
Act, while there is still time to save the belugas of Cook Inlet.
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