In Canada, a plan to slaughter more than 6,000 wolves over the next five years is coming closer to reality as escalating tar sands development transforms vital habitat into huge toxic wastelands.
But that's not stopping Big Oil and their allies in the U.S. Congress, who are once again pushing legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline--a project that would drive a rapid expansion of tar sands operations and put the lives of thousands of wolves at risk.
Widespread deforestation of habitat as a result of oil and gas development in Canada has pushed woodland caribou to the brink of regional extinction. But instead of protecting caribou habitat to ensure their survival, the Canadian government has made wolves the culprit--shooting them from them air and poisoning them with strychnine.
Over 500 wolves have already been killed, and this persecution is planned to expand because of tar sands development. Canada's Minister of Environment Peter Kent has said that 6,000 wolves will need to be killed to "rescue" caribou impacted by loss of habitat.
Stop the senseless killing of wolves by urging Congress to stop the Keystone XL pipeline today.
Stopping the massive Keystone XL pipeline--which would roughly double imports of dirty tar sands oil into the United States--is a critical step in protecting wolves from the dangerous expansion of tar sands. Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have overruled President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline and expedited its approval. Now, this dangerous legislation has resurfaced--and we may not win this time if we don't speak up.
Your members of Congress need to hear from you that boosting Big Oil's profits at the expense of wildlife is not acceptable.
[Special thanks to the National Wildlife Federation]