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Report: Science Suppressed, Ignored Due to Political Pressure

“How Politics Drowned Out Science for Ten Endangered Species” Washington, D.C. – A new report out today shows that the best available science in imperiled plant and wildlife decisions isn’t always followed, despite the requirements of the Endangered Species Act. Pressure from politically-powerful special interests often unduly influences these decisions, undermining science and wildlife conservation, according to the Endangered Species Coalition. Now, under the Trump Administration, that pressure is worsening, as industry officials have infiltrated the leadership positions within the… Continue reading

99 Percent Support Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

Conservation Groups Review 100,000 Public Comments on Recovery Plan Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer. “We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” said Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies… Continue reading

Mexican Gray Wolves Need More Help

This is a guest post from animal activist and advocate Barbara Troeger. Mexican gray wolf recovery The Mexican gray wolf reintroduction into the wild is the third and most recent such wolf introduction in the United States. Red wolves were introduced into North Carolina in 1987, from an initial set of 14 “founders”; they now number fewer than 45 in the wild. The Northern Rockies were repopulated with 54 wild gray wolves from Canada in 1995; there are now 1,704.… Continue reading

Science Endangered at the Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report surveyed 7,000 scientists in 4 different agencies, NOAA, FDA, CDC and the Fish and Wildlife Service and the results were troubling. Of the scientists surveyed at Fish and Wildlife, 72% believe that too much consideration was given to political interests at their agency, and 47% of agency scientists believe industry interference in agency decision-making is concerning, the highest percentages of any other government agency surveyed.

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All Chimpanzees to Be Protected as Endangered Under Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) release a final rule today classifying all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The Endangered Species Coalition advocated for this rule and thousands of activists spoke out in support of it. The rule results in listing both captive and wild individuals as “endangered,” which will increase protections for captive chimpanzees while positively affecting the conservation of wild chimpanzees. Prior to this rule, wild chimpanzees were protected as… Continue reading