Volunteers clean an oil covered brown pelican affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in Buras, Louisiana, June 9, 2010.
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The Call: Dirty Crimes & Counting Wildlife

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Ladies & Gents -

Sunday, April 20th, marked the four years to the day that BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers, and spewing 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. “We’ve never had a spill of this magnitude in the deep ocean,” said Ian R. MacDonald, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University

Americans living along the Gulf Coast – and the fragile environment around them – still bear the scars of that disaster. One lesson learned: the impact on wildlife is one of the most important bellwethers for the human costs of such disasters. In the wake of the BP spill, measurements of that impact were late and woefully incomplete.

That’s why, in the wake of recent oil spills like the ones in Texas and on Lake Michigan, environmental advocates are fighting to get a proper count, early.

For these reasons, this week’s Call to Action is simple, yet imperative – call for all animals affected by dirty crimes to be counted. Sign this whitehouse.gov petition. Then, send us a Tweet or Facebook message using #wildlifecounts to show you’ve joined the call. 

Let’s bring this story to light.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

Love you like xo,

Team RFDaily

Environment and Environmental Policy

The Call: Dirty Crimes & Counting Wildlife

Updated