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NFC: Fw: Action Network Success Stories!
Many environmental activists like you responded to email
action alerts from Environmental Defense. Your messages have
been heard and have had an impact. Here are the results of
* New Protections for Texas Shrimp, Fish, and Sea Turtles!
Just last May, email activists in Texas sent over 400 faxes
to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department supporting new
rules protecting shrimp, fish, and sea turtles in the waters
off Texas. These new proposed rules would designate
no-shrimping zones that protect the nesting and mating
grounds of endangered sea turtles and shrimp spawning sites.
The Parks and Wildlife Department has agreed to continue
their "shrimp review initiative" and conduct public hearings
over the summer. Because of the overwhelming support from
Action Network Activists in Texas and other environmental
groups, the long term health of Texas marine life will be
* Maheshwar Dam in India to be Re-Evaluated!
In April, more than 1,200 faxes were sent to the NY-based
Ogden Corporation regarding the Maheshwar Dam in India by
e-mail activists like you. As a result, the company has
sent a team to meet with communities affected by the dam.
The German government is also conducting an independent
review of the Maheshwar Dam to help it determine if it
should provide financial backing for the German company
Siemens to support the project. Thanks to responses from
Action Network Activists, the Ogden Corporation is now aware
of the serious problems with the Maheshwar Dam
* Email Activists Help Save the Spiny Dogfish!
In March, the Secretary of Commerce and Northeastern members
of congress received over 8,000 faxes from Action Network
activists urging them to protect the spiny dogfish, a
species of shark in the North Atlantic threatened by
overfishing. Your quick response had a big impact.
Secretary of Commerce William Daley recently announced
annual quotas and other management measures to discourage
intentional fishing of the spiny dogfish. Thanks to all the
Action Network members who sent responses to help the spiny
dogfish recover and flourish.
* Destructive Dam blocked in the Philippines!
In September of 1999, 1,500 email activists sent faxes to
the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
asking it to withhold loans for construction of the San
Roque Dam in the Philippines. Environmentalists feared the
project would displace local communities and destroy
valuable watersheds. Faxes from activists like you have
prompted the JBIC to drop its support for this dam and more
fully scrutinize such destructive projects in the future.
* House of Representatives votes to ban shark finning!
Thanks to all the Hawaiian activists who responded to our
alert on banning shark finning. Your persistence and
dedication helped create political momentum to move this
issue from the Hawaiian State legislature to Congress. The
House of Representatives voted to ban shark finning in U.S.
waters, this includes all waters extending 200 miles from
U.S. shorelines. The bill is now waiting consideration in
Thank you for your help!
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New York, NY, 10010
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