Ask Congress to Remove Anti-Wildlife Language from Defense Bill


None needed at this time.


The language that the conference committee agreed to for the National Defense Authorization Act thankfully did not include any of the anti-Endangered Species Act provisions. A compromise version of the anti-Marine Mammal Protection Act provision was included. Read more:

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Dear Humanitarian,

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense each year, has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the House version contains language that would undermine two longstanding and vitally important laws: the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).


  • The US Fish and Wildlife Service would be barred from listing the greater sage-grouse and the lesser prairie-chicken under the ESA for the next 10 years. The bill would also immediately remove protections for the American burying beetle. These are decisions best left to scientists, not politicians.
  • The duration of Navy permits authorized under the MMPA would be extended from 5 to 10 years, allowing military activities to go unchecked for an entire decade before reassessing their impact on marine mammals and their habitats.
What You Can Do

The NDAA is now going to conference, where a committee of senators and representatives will attempt to reconcile the two versions of the bill. Please ask your representative and/or senator to advocate for the removal of these anti-wildlife provisions.

Share this eAlert with your family, friends, and co-workers, and ask them to take action too. Thank you for speaking out on behalf of wildlife!


Cathy Liss

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