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More Must Be Done for Gulf Wildlife

An email from HSUS president, Wayne Pacelle, to HSUS members

  • A pelican is cleaned at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

  • Workers help wash oil off a pelican at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

  • A pelican is given medicine at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

  • Two pelicans wait to be cleaned at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

  • Two workers wash the oil off of a pelican at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

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Hundreds of oiled animals have been treated in the Gulf, and the specialists caring for them are top notch. We saw this firsthand when I and our team of experts surveyed the region last weekend to assess the oil spill's damage to area wildlife.

What keeps me awake is that for every animal rescued, hundreds are not retrieved. More people must be deployed to spot and retrieve oiled wildlife.

Our next step is to make a series of recommendations to ratchet up the government response in a dramatic way to meet this crisis. Here's what we saw »

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