Subject: Belugas in Dire Straits: Only 3 Weeks to Save Last 300 Survivors ALL LIFE IS SACRED CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THERES ONLY 300 LEFT OF THESE WHALES ?TAKE ACTION PLEASE ACTION FOR AWARENESS OF LIFE BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION TODAY BY WWW.ANGELSOFMARY.COM
Dear John & Halina,
The magnificent white beluga whales of Alaska's Cook Inlet are headed toward extinction -- unless we act swiftly.
Today, there are some 300 belugas left in these increasingly industrialized waters -- a 77 percent decline from the 1,300 whales that lived in the inlet in the early 1980's.
Right now, you have a unique chance to help save the survivors. After years of foot-dragging, the National Marine Fisheries Service is finally proposing that the Cook Inlet belugas be protected as an endangered species.
But in the face of industry opposition, that proposal will not become reality without an outpouring of public support. That's why we're gearing up to generate 100,000 pro-beluga comments in the next three weeks.
Please click now to send an Official Citizen Comment that says "YES" to beluga protection.
It's truly zero hour for this special population of belugas. With only three weeks until the public comment period ends on June 19, we must act immediately to save these 300 surviving whales -- one of the smallest populations of marine mammals left on the planet!
Their situation is so desperate that the World Conservation Union added them to its "Red List" of threatened species as "critically endangered" in April 2006. The next category is "Extinct in the Wild."
Yet industry and business groups -- backed by all three members of Alaska's congressional delegation -- are opposed to the whale's endangered species designation.
That's why we're counting on you to make your voice heard on behalf of this struggling population of beluga whales that cannot live anywhere else. Even the slow-to-act National Marine Fisheries Service admits that "no similar beluga habitat exists in Alaska or elsewhere in the United States."
Please seize the moment to save the belugas while there is still time. Send in your Official Citizen Comment now and help give belugas a fighting chance.
NRDC Action Fund
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