For more than 45 years, the Endangered Species Act has been protecting at-risk species throughout the United States. It stands as an international model of conservation and, through trade restrictions, reaches to safeguard species across the globe.
But the Act, itself, is now at risk. The Trump Administration is systematically dismantling this landmark legislation through policies and a set of proposed regulations that weaken existing protections and make it difficult to establish new safeguards. Regs that ignore the impacts of climate change. New rules that provide giveaways to big business—at the expense of science, conservation, and, ultimately, humanity’s wellbeing.
This report tells ten stories of species imperiled by these policies: a condor and a cuckoo, an elusive marten, and a pack of wolves struggling to survive. Sea turtles, and the largest salamander this side of Asia. And giraffes.
If the Trump Administration has its way, the new regulations will put these species on a fast track to extinction.