Feb 21

American Voices on the Endangered Species Act at 40

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 December.

The report comes shortly after House Republicans led by Representative Doc Hastings proposed drastically changing the Endangered Species Act by delaying protections for currently unprotected species and reducing protections for those already deemed in peril.

A recent poll conducted by ESC member group the Center for Biological Diversity found that two thirds of Americans want Congress to either strengthen the Endangered Species Act or leave it intact as it is currently written.

In the 40 years since its passage into law, the act has helped to save species like the bald eagle, humpback whale, peregrine falcon, and others from extinction. In celebration of the act’s 40th anniversary, the Endangered Species Coalition published the report Back from the Brink: Ten Success Stories Celebrating the Endangered Species Act at 40.


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