This Congress has seen at least 80 different legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act. In its 42 years, the Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species placed under its protection. In spite of this bedrock law’s record of success and wild popularity, it is being targeted by anti-wildlife members of Congress at a previously unseen level of frequency and ferocity. As the omnibus government spending bill makes its way through Congress, it is crucial… Continue reading
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Cecil’s killing and others like it show the need for strong, enduring, enforceable protections.
Panelists Urge House Committee to Maintain a Strong Endangered Species Act to Protect Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction
Contact: Tara Thornton, Endangered Species Coalition, (207) 504-2705, email@example.com Derek Goldman, Endangered Species Coalition, (406) 721-3218, firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C. – Two wildlife biologists, a national religious leader and a Peregrine Falcon testified at a special briefing to the House Natural Resources Committee today to highlight the importance of the Endangered Species Act – our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. “The Endangered Species Act… Continue reading
Representative Don Beyer (D-VA8) has received more than 2,000 letters from constituents about the possible delisting of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act. In fact, he says he has received more letters on this issue than almost everything else combined:
This week, more than 50 scientists, representatives of 5 Native American tribes, 24 business leaders, and 82 organizations sent letters to Members Congress asking them to oppose legislation that seeks to remove federal protections for gray wolves.
The severe drought afflicting much of the West is being used as a smokescreen by some in Congress to undermine critical environmental and wildlife laws including the Endangered Species Act. This past summer and spring, the House of Representatives and Senate passed bills designed to help affected communities with drought relief. Since then, they have not be able to find common ground.
You spoke out in support of the Endangered Species Act and we delivered that message. This week, we worked with our member groups Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity to deliver the report “A Wild Success,” to every member of Congress. The report (available here .pdf) includes more than 200 letters and op-eds written by Americans over the past year to local, regional and national newspapers emphasizing the importance of the Act, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in… Continue reading
Members of Congress Join Conservation Community to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act Washington, D.C. – More than 300 wildlife conservation advocates gathered Wednesday night to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s law protecting fish, plants, and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Organizers of the event, A Wild Success: Forty years of the Endangered Species Act, honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and five Congressional wildlife conservation leaders for their… Continue reading
This is a guest post by Michael Halpern, program manager, Scientific Integrity at the Union of Concerned Scientists and was originally posted on their blog. The Endangered Species Act has one of the strongest scientific foundations of any environmental law in the United States. And with some predictability, some members of Congress try to tear down that foundation. This year is no different. The Endangered Species Act is successful: 98 percent of species that have been listed as endangered or… Continue reading