Thank You from the Red Wolf Coalition
June 30, 2016
BENEFITING: RED WOLF COALITION
RE-COMMIT TO RED WOLF RESTORATION!
Will you join us in a re-commitment to the red wolf? Will you say YES? This is a long-term commitment, as you well know. Please help us work to ensure the health, safety and viability of the wild red wolf population. Please help us as we work in the classroom and in the courtroom to ensure that all red wolves have a future, and that the efforts of some to derail their recovery are blocked. Please think about it—and then promise yourself and your red wolf community that you will double-down on your commitment as a red wolf advocate.
Red wolves remain critically endangered, and the Red Wolf Coalition is responding to the ongoing challenges by re-commiting to red wolf restoration. The fact that we can count on your support has given us the confidence to do so. As part of our planning, we considered what our community of red wolf advocates has going for it:
• a national presence. People from 43 states, three Canadian provinces and 15 foreign countries support the Coalition. This is in no way an effort limited to North Carolina—it is truly nation-wide and is even becoming international. If you include social media friends, our supporters number close to 40,000!
• a history of education and advocacy on behalf of the species. The Red Wolf Coalition and its supporters comprise the only organization that has focused exclusively on the red wolf, and it has done so for 19 years.
• a purely science-based approach. Our case for red wolf conservation is compelling because it depends on facts, on observation, and on research. We do not need to resort to hysterical attacks and name-calling to assure people that the red wolf needs, benefits from and deserves our support. In fact, our website includes a significant research library that shares much of what the world's best scientists have learned about the red wolf.
We realize it can be difficult to be a red wolf supporter these days. It is hard to be involved in any effort to do good—there are many interests working against us, and the temptation to become cynical, or to even simply give up, is very real. But then we can consider what others say about that cynicism and decide instead to STAY IN THE BATTLE:
"Cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge...So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes." Stephen Colbert, from a 2006 commencement address at Knox College
Please say yes for the reds!