Today is Endangered Species Day! Our world is a richer and more beautiful place thanks to the enormous diversity of species that inhabit it, and today we are honoring a law that is vital for protecting that incredible biodiversity—the Endangered Species Act.
The UN’s Global Assessment report that came out earlier this month painted a bleak picture, projecting that we could lose approximately one million species over the next 50 years due to exploitation of species, habitat encroachment, climate change, pollution, and invasion by non-native species.
However, laws such as the ESA still give us a fighting chance to save wildlife from extinction. Under the protection of the law, 99 percent of listed species have been spared from extinction, and thanks to the ESA a number of species such as the bald eagle, grizzly bear, and West Indian manatee are on the road to recovery.
Unfortunately, the ESA frequently comes under attack, particularly by certain members of Congress. In recognition of Endangered Species Day, we ask that you write to your members of Congress and urge them to appreciate what a strong, flexible, and crucial law it is and oppose any attacks on it.
Be sure to share our eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their members of Congress, too. Thank you for all you do for animals!