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H.R. 4214 would ban Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide used in lethal wildlife control

NEW YORK—As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) applauds U.S. Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing H.R. 4214, legislation to protect pets and wildlife from the deadly poisons Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide. These dangerous chemicals, already banned in several states, are used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency to kill wildlife species considered by ranchers and landowners to be nuisances. However, unattended traps and poisons often expose domesticated animals and humans to these lethal poisons.

“We commend Reps. Campbell and DeFazio for introducing this common sense legislation to ban Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide M-44 devices,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “As long as Wildlife Services continues to use tax dollars for inefficient and indiscriminate lethal methods of wildlife population management, the agency places our pets at risk and inflicts terrible suffering on thousands of wild animals each year.”

Compound 1080 is an extremely lethal poison with no antidote; just one teaspoon can kill up to 100 people. After the misuse of Compound 1080 led to many human deaths in the 1950s and 1960s, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in 1972. Unfortunately, after intensive lobbying from the livestock industry, the poison was re-approved in the 1980s for use in “Livestock Protection Collars,” devices worn by sheep and other livestock that release the poison when punctured by wild predators.

Furthermore, M-44 devices are spring loaded traps that release a deadly dose of sodium cyanide when an animal makes contact with the device. Baited with a substance that attracts canines, M-44 devices indiscriminately discharge poison across an area of up to five feet. Often left unmarked, these devices not only endanger pets, but humans have also suffered from inadvertently springing the traps. Just last year in Texas, a pet dog named Bella was killed by a M-44 device containing sodium cyanide set by Wildlife Services less than a mile from her family’s home.

"Data reported by the USDA shows that less than one percent of livestock are killed by predators, yet the federal government hands over millions in taxpayer-subsidized wildlife extermination services to private agribusiness every year,” said Representative Campbell. “Through the use of very dangerous toxins like Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide, this extermination service oftentimes kills indiscriminately and results in the targeting of non-predatory wildlife and household pets. With more humane and effective predator control methods already in use, banning these poisons is a reasonable measure that protects both animals and the taxpayer."

“Compound 1080 and M-44 sodium cyanide capsules are lethal, dangerous, and unnecessary poisons,” added Representative DeFazio. “They pose a very serious threat to our nation's citizens, wildlife, and domesticated animals. I am pleased to support this legislation which would halt the use of these needlessly dangerous poisons permanently.”

Last year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, Ill. fielded more than 165,000 phone calls about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. If your dog or cat accidentally ingests a potentially toxic substance, please contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for immediate assistance. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.


 RAE Honored for Restoration Partnerships and Work on Behalf of Estuaries and Coasts 


(WASHINGTON)- Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) has received the 2011 Coastal America Special Recognition Award for its outstanding efforts to restore and protect the coastal environment.


Coastal America, a collaborative partnership of 16 federal agencies dedicated tobetter management of coastal resources, recognized Restore America's Estuaries for its work on behalf of the "vital habitats of our nation's estuaries," and for "uniting community, corporate, government, and non-governmental agencies at the national, state, and local levels" that "built partnerships and secured resources to restore and preserve estuarine habitats."


"We are honored to receive this award, particularly because Coastal America embodies the same collaborative ideals and vision that motivate Restore America's Estuaries," said Jeff Benoit, RAE President and CEO.


Since its founding in 1995, the Restore America's Estuaries National Alliance of 11 member organizations has raised and leveraged more than $40 million used to fund over 900 coastal restoration and mitigation projects throughout the United States-projects made possible only with the participation and contributions of more than 250,000 volunteers, and hundreds of federal, state, and local partners devoting time, expertise, labor, and funds on behalf of RAE restoration and mitigation projects, notes Benoit.


Coastal America grants awards in four categories: the Partnership Award for collaborative multi-agency and -stakeholder efforts; Spirit Award, recognizing the "spirit" of teamwork in group efforts; the John H. Chafee Coastal Stewardship Award dedicated to outstanding individuals and their career accomplishments on behalf of the environment; and the Special Recognition Award.


Restore America's Estuaries is the sole recipient of the 2011 Special Recognition Award

which goes to "extraordinary non-governmental organizations for their demonstrated leadership in protecting and restoring coastal resources and/or increasing public awareness and understanding of coastal and marine issues."


"Restore America's Estuaries is an important partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Coastal Program. We work with RAE member organizations on-the-ground to restore and protect coastal habitat and with RAE headquarters to promote awareness of the critical issues facing our coastal resources. Congratulations to RAE for receiving the recognition it richly deserves," said Dallas Miner, a program specialist with the USFWS Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation.


"Coastal America's Award is much-deserved acknowledgment of the key role that Restore America's Estuaries has played nationally in preserving and restoring our coasts and estuaries over the past sixteen years," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society and Board Chair of Restore America's Estuaries. 


Restore America's Estuaries is a national alliance of 11 regional, coastal conservation organizations with more than 250,000 volunteer-members dedicated to preserving our nation's estuaries. RAE members include: American Littoral Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Conservation Law Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Galveston Bay Foundation, North Carolina Coastal Federation, People For Puget Sound, Save The Bay-Narragansett Bay, Save The Bay-San Francisco, Save the Sound, a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and Tampa Bay Watch.


For more information on Restore America's Estuaries and its programs and initiatives, go to www.estuaries.org.


To learn more about Coastal America and its Coastal Awards Program: www.coastalamerica.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1052&Itemid=141 






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 Born Free USA founder, legendary actress Virginia McKenna featured in winning film



Washington D.C., October 7, 2011 - -  Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World (Brian Leith Productions/BBC/WNET) captured the prestigious Conservation Hero prize at the 11th Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards yesterday.  In the competitive world of documentaries, the work and legacy of pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson won plaudits from judges and the public.


The story of how the Adamsons returned Elsa the lioness to a wild and free life in the face of widespread scepticism, was the subject of a best-selling book published in the early 1960’s. It has been widely credited with changing public perceptions about lions and sparked a wildlife revolution where wild animals are, today, recognized as individuals with many of the characteristics such as affection, remorse, regret and love, previously thought to be the exclusive preserve of humans.


Virginia McKenna, OBE, the legendary actress who co-starred in the 1966 classic movie Born Free with her late husband Bill Travers, and founded the Born Free Foundation, is featured in the film from locations in the remote north of Kenya where the Adamson’s carried out much of their work.


In a statement sent from her home near London, England, McKenna said, “It really is an extraordinary tribute to the pioneering work of George and Joy Adamson that their story, the story of Elsa, continues to touch millions of people 50 years later. It touched my heart when, with my late husband Bill, we made Born Free. It reaches across the world today through the work of the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA. It has touched the hearts of the jury through this remarkable film – so carefully produced by Brian Leith and Clare Brook and sensitively directed by Sacha Mirzoeff - in which I am honoured to have had a role. Elsa truly was the Lioness That Changed the World – and she still is. Her legacy is burning bright – long may it do so!”


The award-winning actress, well-known for her roles opposite such luminaries as Yul Brynner, Gary Cooper, Peter Finch and Paul Scofield, is also internationally recognized for her campaigning work for wildlife, particularly the establishment in 1984 of the Born Free Foundation (www.bornfree.org.uk) and subsequently Born Free USA (www.bornfreeusa.org), charities that today fight against the suffering of wild animals in captivity and champion the conservation of endangered species. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Life in my Years, her critically acclaimed memoirs and was recently voted one of the most inspirational people of all time in a Daily Telegraph (UK) poll.


Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade.  Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.  More at: www.bornfreeusa.org; twitter http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.

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