Send a Letter to Your Senators and Representative to
Oppose the Trump Administration's Gutting of the Endangered Species Act
During the summer of 2018 the Trump administration finalized new rules that effectively gutted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and shoved vulnerable wildlife closer to the brink. This comes as scientific evidence mounts about our extinction crisis, showing that we are at risk of losing a million species over the next few decades.
President Trump and Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s plan weakens endangered species protections by:
Injecting economic consideration into what must be purely science-based decisions about listing imperiled species;
Depriving newly listed threatened species from automatically receiving protections from killing, trapping, and other forms of harm and commercial exploitation; and
Allowing agencies to rely on empty promises of vague or uncertain steps to minimize harm to listed species in order to justify taking actions that harm endangered species.
These regulations were finalized despite the overwhelming opposition of American citizens – nearly one million submitted comments opposing these changes. Also, 105 members of Congress, 34 Senators, 10 states, and the National Congress of American Indians opposed these revisions.
Earthjustice, on behalf of environmental and animal protection groups, is suing the Trump administration over these new regulations. And Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) are leading the “Protect America’s Wildlife and Fish in Need of Protection Act of 2019” or the “PAW and FIN Act of 2019” which blocks the Trump administration’s attempts to weaken the law that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction.
What You Can Do:
Your congressman needs to know that you won’t stand for gutting of this bedrock environmental law, that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction. 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. It is also wildly popular, with 90% of Americans supporting the Act
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 the administration’s efforts to undermine the Endangered Species Act. The Yellowstone grizzly bear faces enormous threats from excessive killing and an unraveling ecosystem and still needs 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 the new Trump administration rules severely weaken the Act, reduce the role of science in decision-making, facilitate development of key habitat, and block needed protections for newly listed 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.
If you need help finding your Representative's email address, use the links below:
For your Representative's, see: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
For your Senator's, see: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state