President Barack Obama

President Obama: Protect the panther!

President Obama: Protect the panther!

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The panther is Florida’s state animal and at risk of extinction -- yet a group of landowners and Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s cronies are pushing for a massive development plan including subdivisions, mining, oil exploration and agriculture over an area that includes essential panther habitat.

One of the most shocking aspects of the development plan is placing 10,000 homes on 4,000 acres of prime panther habitat -- even though 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the panther, one of the most endangered animals on the planet.

One of the key pushers in this ludicrous plan was actually appointed a Wildlife conservation commissioner by Gov. Scott -- but she used her office to loosen protections on the endangered state animal -- and she certainly stands to benefit financially if the project goes through.

Will you ask President Obama to designate critical panther habitat and save these precious wildcats?

By the first week of May, 21 panthers had been killed this year already-- almost all by vehicles. That means that Florida drivers exterminated more than 20% of the world's panthers in just four months.

The wildcat population is absolutely at a crisis point -- and more development will mean even more panther deaths. That’s why a bipartisan group of Congresspersons wrote directly to President Obama, urging him to do something to save the fewer than 180 wildcats left on Earth.

Together, we’ve done some amazing things to protect the world's at-risk animals. Almost 200,000 of us fought to protect Canadian wolves from a government-organized cull while the oil companies got off scot free. And, of course, we’ve been fighting to keep killer whales out of captivity for years -- and just won a massive victory when SeaWorld finally relented and ended its orca breeding program. But neither animal face as great a risk as Florida’s panthers -- so we need to act right now.

Tell President Obama to save Florida’s endangered panther.

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