Tell the Senate: David Bernhardt Is Not Fit to Lead the Department of the Interior

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Update

Unfortunately, David Bernhardt was confirmed as secretary of the interior.

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Dear Humanitarian,

After a litany of ethics scandals forced Ryan Zinke to resign as Secretary of the Interior in December, President Trump has signaled that he plans to nominate Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt to fill the position. Former Secretary Zinke was disastrous during his tenure, prioritizing handouts to industry over the preservation of our nation’s beloved land and wildlife, but it’s possible that Bernhardt would be worse.

Bernhardt spent years lobbying for oil and gas industries, and brings deeply troubling conflicts of interest to his role at the Department of the Interior. We have already seen evidence that his record of attacking crucial protections for imperiled species as a paid lobbyist carries over to his vision for the department. Under his supervision, the DOI released devastating proposed changes to Endangered Species Act regulations that would weaken species and habitat protections for the benefit of those who could profit off that land.

Please share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers in Washington, and encourage them to speak up as well. Thank you for all you do for animals!

What You Can Do

Bernhardt must go through a hearing and vote in the Senate to be confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, so please urge your senators to oppose his confirmation. Our wild spaces—and the animals inhabiting those lands—deserve better from the department tasked with protecting them. You can send an email via AWI's Compassion Index using the form below.

Please share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers in Washington, and encourage them to speak up as well. Thank you for all you do for animals!

Sincerely,

Cathy Liss
President

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