Today we launched our Give Sea Otters a Voice Fund, and are asking for holiday donations to send sea otters to Washington DC.
Technically we’re not going to send the actual sea otters to DC–don’t worry! In addition to being a major ESA infringement, I don’t think angry, jet lagged sea otters would be all that effective at working Congress and public officials (although they would certainly make an impression). It’s lucky they have us then, to go in their place and advocate on their behalf.
I’ve been to Washington to talk about sea otters before, and it makes a difference. The last time I was there in 2008 I met with Congressman Farr to talk about the sea otter bill. Shortly after we saw substantive changes that provided more clear mandates to take action to help sea otters. Electronic communications, phone calls and letters are all powerful advocacy tools–but sometimes the opportunity to have a one on one meeting is what it takes to really move forward.
A lot will be decided in DC this coming year that will impact sea otters. The Senate is sitting on the sea otter bill, and we want to make sure it doesn’t get lost amongst the other big issues of the day. We’ll be talking to officials about the no otter zone too–thanks to our current lawsuit we’re hopeful that 2010 will see real progress in bringing the failed program to an end.
Ocean Policy is a hot topic right now–and there are a lot if pressing, worthy issues to be concerned about. It’s important to make sure that sea otters don’t get lost in the fray though. They’re too important, and protections afford to them can do too much to allow them to slip away.
We’ll be calling on members and friends for help throughout these efforts–so stay tuned. One thing you can do to help today is contribute to the fund! Visit our webpage to donate today–and kick your holidays off knowing that you helped us help otters!