Tule Elk on the brink of extinction due to the devastation of local cattle ranching enterprises in Point Reyes, California
The Tule Elk, native to California, are on the brink of extinction. Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, is the only national park where you can view these animals, but not for long. Local cattle ranching enterprises, which lease nearly 30% of the park, are pressuring the National Park Service to “manage” the wild, free-roaming elk by capping their population to 120 individuals with clearance to kill them. At a time when so much wildlife is already at stake, we call on the Park to protect the elk and their habitat and NOT cave to industry pressure.
Some SF Bay Area notables are taking a stand and using social media to bring awareness to the situation. Monica Stevens (Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch), Tracy Vogt, (Charlies Acre's), Deborah Blum (Goatlandia), Sherri Franklin (Muttville), and Marcy Berman (SaveABunny), Miyoko Schinner (Rancho Compasión), and other leading animal welfare pioneers, have come together to spread the word about the destruction of our land and the plight of these majestic animals. Importantly, they understand the power of working together to help create change.
“Most people are not aware of the destruction of Point Reyes; however, once it’s brought to their attention, they are outraged," says Monica Stevens, Jameson Animal Ranch Rescue CoFounder and CEO.
To be clear, this is public land not private land. The endangerment of the Tule Elk is just one more example of the decades of evidence of environmental destruction caused by these cattle ranching enterprises on behalf of local beef and dairy operations. In fact, the waterways of Point Reyes are ranked in the top 10 of the worst polluted in the CA. (Center for Biological Diversity)
“Our beautiful seashore is being destroyed due to cattle over-grazing, and the Tule Elk are once again in danger of being killed. Yet, Democratic Congressman and, Environmental Lawyer, Jared Huffman is complicit in supporting the cattle ranchers 20-year land leases at the expense of Tule elk lives. This is why Miyoko, Monica, Marcy, Tracy, Sherri and, I have come together to ask our social media followers to view our 90 second video,” says Deborah Blum, Wildseed Restaurant, Goatlandia Sanctuary.
Time is running out. The National Park Service decision is due Spring of this year so the debate among these leading ladies, politicians, activists and, the National Park Service, is heating up.
We ask you to take action now by calling Congressman Huffman at 415-258-9657 and asking him to tell Stanley Austin (National Park Service) to choose Alternative F (do not privatize our land), and restore Point Reyes.
You can also please sign the petition below to help us save the lives of the Tule Elk.
Jameson Seeks Social Media Intern
Position Title: Communications Social Media Intern
Job Type: Internship
Hours: 10-15 hours per week
Location: 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa, unless otherwise specified
Reports to: Communications Director as well as Social Media & Content Development Consultant
About Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch
Founded in 2014 by David and Monica Stevens (proprietors of 750 Wines), Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that is transforming the way we think about animal welfare and advocacy. Seeking to engender systemic change in the outdated industry of animal rescue, which suffers from a significant lack of transparency and accountability, JARR is committed to ending animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation. To do so, JARR offers a variety of programs and services to stem the tide of animal deaths from euthanasia; and solve some of the most pressing problems regarding animal abandonment, maltreatment, and negative environmental impact. JARR also collaborates with and acts as a liaison for various animal welfare groups locally and statewide.
About the Communications Social Media Internship
JARR exists to foster harmony between humans, animals, and the environment to create a kinder, more compassionate world. We invite you to come with us along this journey. Working to affect real change in the world, you will help us by translating your passion for animal welfare and advocacy into our communication social media efforts. This internship is also the perfect opportunity to build your resume. There’s room for you to collaborate with pioneers and luminaries, with vast and powerful networks.
Work hand-in-hand with the Communications Director and Social Media Consultant to help drive our mission forward through story telling via social media and other channels, as well as thru communication management activities
Leverage your excellent knowledge of social media platforms (FB, IG, Twitter, etc.) and their associated photo/video specs (i.e., square and stories):
Assist with post development for social media
Prepare visual content for posts
Shadow leads for story content development
Perform social media administrative tasks (i.e., consent form signature acquisition, photo categorization, etc.)
Be onsite at our Ranch to facilitate your efforts
Dedicate 10 to 20 hours per week to accomplishing the job
If applicable: Earn internship credits through your school’s department
One year minimum experience using social media in a professional or academic setting
Patience and ability to work in tight turnaround, high-stress settings and emotional situations
Good communication skills
Oral Communication – Engaging effectively in dialogue
Writing – Communicating effectively in writing, editing, and proofing
Passion for helping animals and people, a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace and a commitment to JARR’s mission and brand attributes
Strong desire to learn the ins and outs of communication management
Duration: 6 months; or, if applicable, semester long
Due to the ongoing fires, Napa CART hotline for animal evacuation and sheltering needs has been established: 707-299-1501.
Please follow all evacuation orders. Evacuate early if you have time. If you have an emergency or you or your animals are in eminent danger, please call 911 for assistance or evacuate immediately.
If you are facing mandatory evacuation and can transport your animals, the large animal shelter sites are as follows (please bring at least 3 days of food for your animals, if possible):
- Valleybrook Equestrian Center -- 1132 El Centro Avenue Napa, CA 94558
- Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association -- 1200 Foster Road, Napa, CA 94558
Small animals are being accepted at:
- Napa Valley College -- 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558
- Crosswalk Community Church -- 2590 - 1st Street, Napa, CA 94558
For NapaCART evacuation assistance please call: 707-299-1593. These calls may be handled by county staff or they may be dispatched to NapaCART.
If you are concerned about smoke inhalation and have the option to shelter your animals in an area with better air quality during this event, we recommend that you do so until the smoke clears. We recommend checking with friends, relatives, or boarding facilities out of area who may be able to accommodate caring for your animals for a period of time.
If you need assistance with wildlife, please call: Napa Wildlife Rescue at 707-224-HAWK
Stay safe out there.
This past weekend, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch partnered with Spay Neuter Imperative Project (SNIP) and Pet Food Express to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering.
Did you know?
- Just one female dog and her offspring can produce a staggering 67,000 puppies in only six years.
- In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!
Reasons for Spay/Neuter: Prevents millions of animals from being born that would otherwise suffer from neglect, cruelty or face euthanasia.
The medical benefits:
- Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
- Neutering prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
And behavioral benefits:
- Your spayed female animal won't go into heat and present behavioral issues.
- Your neutered male animal will be less likely to roam away from home.
- Your neutered male animal may be better behaved.
Interested in being part of the solution? Please ask about sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic or donating $100 for a spay/neuter!