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Millions of people have no idea about the WWF they think
that they care about animals!!!!! Well they dont!
The WWF was the driving force in pressuring the U..S..
Congress to legislate the screening of chemicals for
"endocrine (hormone) disrupting" effects and has
subsequently been heavily involved in establishing the
framework for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
massive chemical-testing program now under development. . As
its Web site points out: "WWF invested substantial resources
in the EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing
Advisory Committee," which "agreed upon a set of tests to
form the foundation for the screening and testing program.."
What the WWF neglects to mention, however, is that 10 of the
15 recommended screens and tests are animal-poisoning
studies, some of which kill hundreds or thousands of animals
at a time.. According to scientific estimates, the
WWF-backed endocrine testing program will kill up to 1..2
million animals for every 1,000 chemicals tested, and with
environmental organizations pressing for tens of thousands
of chemicals to be retested under this program, the toll in
animal suffering and death will be staggering.. The WWF is
also pressuring government agencies in Europe to embark on a
similar animal-testing program..
In addition to
lobbying for more chemical testing, the WWF has teamed up
with Procter & Gamble, S..C.. Johnson, and other chemical
companies to create an institute to pursue "basic research"
on endocrine disruptors.. On top of this, the WWF is now
pushing the U..S.. Congress to pass a bill that would pour
additional millions in public funds into endocrine
research––much of which would likely be used to fund
experiments on animals..
"endocrine disruptor" issue is not an isolated example.. The
WWF has been a major force in pressuring the European Union
to amend its Chemicals Policy to require companies to test
and retest as many as 30,000 new and existing chemicals..
The British Institute for Environmental Health estimates
that this process will kill upwards of 45 million animals if
the standard battery of animal-poisoning tests is used.. The
WWF's U..S.. and Canadian offices are also calling for more
testing of pesticides, despite the fact that more than 9,000
animals are already killed for each pesticide product on the
market.. The organization has called for certain pesticides
to be tested for "developmental neurotoxicity" (DNT) using a
test that kills upwards of 1,300 animals each time it is
conducted.. This test has been heavily criticized by
scientists, including the EPA's own Scientific Advisory
Panel, which concluded that "the exposure of rat fetus/pups
was not shown to be equivalent to human fetus/infant during
equivalent stages of brain development" and that "the
current form of the DNT guideline is not a sensitive
indicator of toxicity to the offspring.." In other words,
WWF is calling for thousands of animals to be killed in a
test that scientists admit is not relevant to humans!
In its defense, the
WWF says that "in the absence of effective, validated
alternatives, WWF believes that limited animal testing is
needed for the long-term protection of wildlife and people
throughout the world.." However, there is nothing "limited"
about the massive amount of animal testing that the WWF is
endorsing.. Dr.. Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Laureate in
Medicine, pointed out in 1981: "It is simply not possible
with all the animals in the world to go through chemicals in
the blind way we have at the present time, and reach
credible conclusions about the hazards to human health.."
Now more than 20 years later, millions of animals are still
dying in agonizing chemical toxicity tests, and we are no
closer to getting dangerous chemicals out of the
environment. . In fact, despite killing hundreds of
thousands of animals in painful chemical toxicity tests, the
EPA has not banned a single toxic industrial chemical in
more than a decade!...
The WWF Endorses the
Killing of Wild Animals, Too!!!
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gives
special meaning to the word "conservation. ." The
organization, founded in 1961 by a group of wealthy trophy
hunters, apparently believes that conserving animals means
keeping them around long enough for well-heeled "sportsmen"
to blast them out of the woods, oceans, skies, plains of
Africa, and jungles of Asia.. Past WWF chapter presidents
include C..R.. "Pink" Gutermuth, who also served as
president of the National Rifle Association, and trophy
hunter Francis L.. Kellogg, who is legendary for his massive
kills.. In its early days, the WWF even used fur auctions to
Since then, the WWF has learned that
most people are appalled by hunting and trapping, so today,
the organization veils its true stance under phrases like
"sustainable development, " arguing that killing is
acceptable under some circumstances. . When answering
difficult questions about its policy on hunting, trapping,
and whaling, the WWF is careful never to state outright that
it approves of all these activities.. But don't be fooled,
the WWF's intentions are all too clear and deadly!!
According to the Web site of the WWF's
Canadian office, "WWF is not an animal welfare organization.
. We support the hunting and consumption of wild animals
provided the harvesting does not threaten the long-term
survival of wildlife populations. . WWF has never opposed a
sustainable seal hunt in northern or eastern Canada.."
However, despite the WWF's portrayal of the situation, the
Canadian seal hunt is anything but a "subsistence" hunt––it
is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world..
Quotas established by the Canadian government have soared to
an all-time high: 350,000 seals per year for the next three
years.. Not since the mid-1800s, when unrestricted slaughter
saw a million seals per year killed, has so much blood been
shed on the ice off Canada's East Coast...
Worse is that the Canadian government
has stated in internal documents that having the WWF's
support for any raise in seal quotas is important, and the
WWF's position statement suggests that it had been working
with the Canadian government before the quota was
announced.. In other words, the WWF had the power to help
avert the largest quota of harp seal pups in history but
chose, instead, to let it happen without so much as a word
of opposition!! !
While the WWF states that it opposes
"commercial whaling," it does support the slaughter of
whales by native tribes and under some other conditions..
When asked directly about its policy, WWF is vague, stating:
"WWF's views on whether sustainable whaling should be
permitted derive from its mission 'to conserve nature and
ecological processes and to help build a future in which
humans live in harmony with nature..'" In the past, WWF
officials have clearly stated that "WWF International has
the national WWF organizations behind it in the view that as
soon as one can ensure a sustainable commercial harvest of
the great whales under secure international control, then
whaling will no longer be a WWF concern...."
As one would expect of an organization
founded by hunters, the WWF does not oppose the slaughter of
animals with guns and other weapons for sport.. Rather than
working to stop the killing, the WWF believes that hunting
should be regulated, arguing that wealthy trophy hunters can
bring income to poorer nations.. The WWF claims that it has
no power to stop hunting, stating, "The decision to allow
trophy hunting is a sovereign one made entirely by the
governments concerned. … We will continue to monitor
governments' enforcement of important trade laws to ensure
that trophy hunting is done within the legal standards of
The WWF believes that culling—another
way of saying "killing"—elephants is acceptable, as is the
trade in ivory, because the profits that it brings spur
governments to keep elephants from going extinct.. In 2000,
U..S.. News & World Report reported that WWF representatives
traveled to Nairobi to ask the United Nations to lift the
ban on the ivory trade in order to allow a "sustainable
harvest of ivory for horns and hunting trophies..."
The WWF's bizarre
view—that we must kill some animals now in order to save
animals to kill later—has proved false time and again.. The
trade in ivory has only encouraged rampant poaching, the
senseless slaughter of elephants.. The WWF tries to duck the
issue by falsely stating, "The decision to cull, or to
select animals from the herd for removal or death, is indeed
an agonizing choice, but it is one made entirely by the
governments concerned and there is no international
involvement in those decisions.."
As with hunting and whaling, the WWF
refuses to condemn the massive killing of animals with
steel-jaw leghold traps.. While calling itself a
"preservationist" organization that "seek[s] to be the voice
for those creatures who have no voice," the WWF stands back
from the issue, stating that "the trade in furs, skins, and
other products of animals that are not endangered isn't the
focus of our campaign.."
But no matter how hard the WWF tries to
"greenwash" its support of animal slaughter, its real
message rings out loud and clear: Animals are ours to hunt,
trap, kill, poison, and use as we see fit.. And although
appeals to preserve genetic diversity, ecosystems, and the
planet sound good on paper, they mean little if what the WWF
is really advocating is more efficient killing fields...
Despite an ongoing international
tourist boycott that was called in response to the wolf
"control" program in Alaska, in which at least 100 wolves
have been shot as of March 2004, the WWF is promoting
several trips to Alaska throughout June, July, and August
2004 as part of "WWF Travel," an "ecotourism" program.. When
asked why the WWF was sending its members to Alaska,
effectively undermining efforts to save wolves in the state,
the WWF travel desk representative stated that the WWF did
not consider the matter of wolf-killing a priority..
WHAT YOU CAN DO?
Please write to the
WWF and express your opposition to its involvement in the
slaughter of millions of animals in laboratories. . Let the
WWF know that you contribute only to organizations that
oppose outdated animal-poisoning tests and that there is no
such thing as conservation through killing..
James P Leape,
Director General WWF-International
Ave du Mont-Blanc
Fax: 41 22 364 5468
E-Mail: jleape@wwfint. org
Carter S Roberts,
President and CEO WWF-US
1250 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 202- 778-9637
E-Mail: patricia.. gvozdich@wwfus. .
MJ Russill, President and CEO...
Eglinton Ave E, Ste 410
Toronto, ON M4P 3J1
Fax: 416-489-3611. ..
E-Mail: mrussill@wwfcanada. org...
European Toxics Programme...
Panda House, Weyside Park
Godalming, Surrey GU7 1XR
Fax: 011 44 148 342 6409
E-Mail: esaltergreen@ wwf. org. uk