Jul 5

Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act

 

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2017

Endangered Species Coalition contacts:  Leda Huta (National) lhuta@endangered.org, (202) 320-6467; Aaron Tam (Pacific NW) atam@endangered.org; Hailey Hawkins (S. Rockies) hhawkins@endangered.org, (662) 251-5804; Melissa Smith (Midwest) msmith@endangered.org, (608) 234-8860; Tara Thornton (New England) tthornton@endangered.org, (207) 504-2705; Derek Goldman, (N. Rockies) dgoldman@endangered.org, (406) 721-3218.

Showing Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act, More Than 400 Conservation Groups Sign Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Wildlife Law

Washington, DC – Four hundred and twenty-five national, state, and local conservation groups sent a letter to the Senate and House leadership Thursday demonstrating their overwhelming support for the Endangered Species Act. Referencing the “unprecedented threat” faced by the Act in Congress, the groups strongly opposed any weakening of the Act under the guise of efforts to “modernize” or “reform” the Act. The groups—at least one from each of the 50 states—indicated that any “efforts to rewrite this law would prove disastrous for imperiled wildlife and should be strongly opposed.”

“Americans know that we have a responsibility to our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to protect endangered species and the places they call home. They know the Endangered Species Act works, and they are incredibly worried that politicians in Congress are seeking to undermine this safety net for plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction,” stated Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition.

Led by the Endangered Species Coalition, the letter included many of the country’s largest conservation groups, including Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and We Act for Environmental Justice. The call to protect the nation’s rich biodiversity of plants and animals for future generations included hundreds of state and local conservation groups from every state.

Today’s letter cites the Act’s reliance on science, its provisions for citizen engagement, and its popularity with Americans across the political spectrum. Although some members of Congress are now seeking to weaken the Act, public opinion research indicates that the law continues to maintain broad, bipartisan, public support. A 2015 poll conducted by Tulchin Research found that 90 percent of American voters across all political, regional and demographic jurisdictions support the Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Species Act was a landmark conservation law that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support: 92-0 in the Senate, and 394-4 in the House. And the letter highlights its 99 percent success rate, noting some of the country’s most exciting wildlife recoveries, including bald eagles, humpback whales, American alligators, Channel Island foxes, Tennessee purple coneflowers, and more.

Bald eagle photo credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This image and others representing above species are available for media use.

“Not only is the Endangered Species Act our safety net for wildlife, plants, and fish, but it can also protect species critical to human health and wellbeing, such as bees and other pollinators,” said Huta. “Furthermore, the Act’s protection of biodiversity is critical for vulnerable communities which are often on the frontlines of environmental destruction and have the most to lose.”

The groups called on legislators to “support the Endangered Species Act and oppose any bill, rider, or other policy proposal that weakens protections for endangered species and habitat.” Instead, the letter noted the decrease in funding of the Endangered Species Act since 2010 and called on legislators to “seek full funding and comprehensive implementation of the Act.”

The full letter to Senate and House leadership can be read here.

 

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5 Comments on Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act

  1. These Precious Animals belong to the Lord God, All Creatures Great and Small the Lord God made them all. We are suppost to take care of them. To Help when they are in troble or endangered. Please help donate if You Can, Thank You and God Bless.

  2. John says:

    People should support this more. The number of endangered animals are decreasing in a faster rate. Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. fred wreath says:

    ECCLESIASTES 3:19-21

    Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath, man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?

  4. BeeJaye says:

    Remember THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT -ESA is to PRORECT WILDLIFE LIVES and their OFFSPRIng including their HABITAT from EXTINCTION!!!

    The ESA is NOT for securing the hunters a free range to killing our PROTECTED WILDLIFE once the numbers of our PROTECTED WILDLIFE on the ESA has rebounded just to send the same PROTECTED WILDLIFE back on to the ESA or near EXTINCTION!!!

    Stiff PENALTIES should take place if anyone is to gun down ESA SPECIES…

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