Help Keep the Endangered Species Act Strong: Speak Out Against 5 Anti-Wildlife Bills

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Dear Humanitarian,

As Congress kicks into high gear with its attacks on the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we are seeing troubling movement on terrible bills in both chambers. I asked you to write to your senators, but now it's your representative who needs to hear from you.

This anti-wildlife legislation, which caters to special interests that want to open up more land for development at the expense of wildlife, includes measures to

  • remove federal protection from gray wolves in the Great Lakes region and prevent challenging the delisting in court;
  • weaken the "citizen suit" provision of the law, which allows for challenges to the government's decisions about species management;
  • enable the federal government to ignore a petition to list a species as threatened if its listing could have economic effects;
  • allow game rangers in Texas to breed and kill endangered species without a permit; and
  • specify that anything submitted by states, tribes, or counties constitutes "best available science."

In the decades since the ESA was enacted in 1973, we have seen irrefutable proof that this bedrock conservation law works. It has been 99 percent effective in preventing the extinction of listed species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, black-footed ferrets, gray whales, and grizzly bears. It's also a very popular law that enjoys the support of 90 percent of American voters. It does not need to be "reformed"—it simply needs to be funded and enforced fully.

What You Can Do:
Your US representative sits on the House Natural Resources Committee and therefore has a say in future votes. Please ask your representative to oppose this list of enormously detrimental bills!

Thank you for taking action on behalf of wildlife!


Cathy Liss
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