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Couldn’t resist that picture after finding an email in my inbox this morning about the Senate voting down the Murkowski amendment which would have put one of my favorite animals in even more danger.

From the Defenders of Wildlife site:

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the Senate voted to leave intact language in the Omnibus Appropriations bill (HR 1105) that authorizes the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce to withdraw flawed Endangered Species Act regulations adopted by the Bush administration.

The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:

“Today’s vote by the Senate demonstrates that endangered species conservation remains one of our nation’s most important obligations to ourselves and future generations.

“By rejecting Senator Murkowski’s amendment to undermine protection for polar bears and other threatened and endangered species, the Senate capped off a good week for protecting our endangered wildlife. On Tuesday, President Obama expressed his strong support for the Endangered Species Act and signed a presidential memorandum restoring some of the protections for endangered species that the Bush administration had stripped away shortly before leaving office. 

“Defenders of Wildlife particularly appreciates the leadership shown by Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, and Senator Cardin in opposing the Murkowski amendment. By speaking out against the Murkowski amendment, these courageous Senators gave voice to polar bears and other endangered wildlife which would otherwise have no voice. Each of them, and all of the Senators who voted to reject the Murkowski amendment, deserve our thanks.

“We also thank Rep. Norm Dicks and other House and Senate Appropriations Committee members for their leadership in including this important wildlife provision in the bill. ”

To find out more about the Defenders of Wildlife, go to www.defenders.org.

I urge all of you to click the link and join them in their ongoing campaign to protect this beautiful planet of ours and all of its inhabitants!

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