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Send a Letter to Your Senators and Representative to
Protect the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act Faces Unprecedented Threats by Congress
Today the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is threatened more than ever. Buoyed by the election of Donald Trump as President, congressional enemies of the ESA have promised to repeal or gut this landmark law. Leaders of the effort include Wyoming Senator John Barrasso and Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, with strong support of Western governors. On the chopping block are wolves, as congressmen are poised, again, to try to strip protections of wolves and allow state-sponsored sport hunts.
But potential congressional delisting of grizzly bears could be next. Like wolves, grizzly bears need large wild landscapes to survive. The threatened Yellowstone grizzly bear has not yet recovered, and needs continued protection to survive in the face of an unraveling ecosystem caused by climate change, disease and invasive species.
Conservationists and Tribes are challenging Trump’s 2017 decision to delist Yellowstone’s grizzlies. A federal judge will likely decide in late August or early September, 2018, whether or not grizzlies warrant restoration of federal protections and a ban of Wyoming’s and Idaho’s imminent sport hunt. If grizzlies are relisted, Congressmen may move to strip endangered species protections legislatively.
At the same time the Trump administration is also organizing a frontal assault on species that are on the brink of extinction, on science, and on the right of Americans to go to court.
Pending legislation in Congress would strip protections for imperiled wolves the upper Midwest and allow for wolf hunting in those states; cripple enforcement of illegal wildlife trafficking; stymie citizens’ ability to challenge illegal government actions in court; and allow regulators to accept any information that is presented by state, local or tribal governments as science—even if it doesn’t meet scientific standards of peer review.
Your congressman needs to know that you won’t stand for gutting of this bedrock environmental law who are in the pocket of polluting industries, or legislative or administrative attacks on wolves, grizzlies and other species. One of the world’s strongest and most effective wildlife protection laws, the Endangered Species Act was enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support 45 years ago.
This law has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of listed species, from the bald eagle to the gray whale and grizzly bear. Were it not for the Act, scientists estimate that at least 227 species, including the remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower-48 states, would have likely gone extinct since the law’s passage.
Call and email your representative in Congress and tell them to stand up for the Endangered Species Act now!
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Please Protect the Endangered Species Act
I write to urge you to oppose all legislative and administrative efforts that undermine the Endangered Species Act, including proposals to block federal protections for gray wolves and other imperiled species. The Yellowstone grizzly bear faces enormous threats from excessive killing and an unraveling ecosystem and still needs federal endangered species protection.
The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's most effective laws. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 1973, the Act has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species placed under its protection, including the grizzly bear in the lower-48 states. This incredibly successful law is also supported by 90 percent of American voters. Yet despite the effectiveness and popularity of the Endangered Species Act, some in Congress and indeed, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, are working to undermine it with legislation and administrative changes that would weaken the Act, reduce the role of science in decision-making, facilitate development of key habitat, and block needed protections for individual species.
I urge you to uphold our nation's commitment to protecting our natural heritage by opposing all efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
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