Endangered Species Act Under Threat

  photo (c) Jodi Frediani

photo (c) Jodi Frediani

administration aims to dismantle the endangered species Act despite broad public support

Since it's passage by Congress in 1973 with strong bipartisan support at the request of then President Richard Nixon, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been one of the most effective environmental policies in American history.   Under the ESA, 99 percent of listed species have recovered within their designated timeline. Yet, despite overwhelming support from the American public (90% either somewhat or strongly support the law, including 75% of conservatives), Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing rule changes that would effectively dismantle it.  The proposed changes would decrease protections for threatened species, make it more difficult to list new species and habitats, remove opportunities for public input, and limit the use of scientific data to inform decision making processes.  You can learn more about the proposed changes here: Sweeping Changes Proposed to the Endangered Species Act.

 

Take Action

If you would like to protect the ESA from being dismantled, please submit your comments opposing the proposed changes!  The public comment period is open until September 24, 2018.  You can submit your comments through the links below:

  1. Comment on: Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat
  2. Comment on: Revisions of Regulations towards Threatened Wildlife and Plants

Below are sample comments that you're welcome to use.  Be sure to add one or more of your sentences to ensure your comment is counted as an original submission. 

  • The Endangered Species Act is one of the most effective environmental policies in American history and is supported by the vast majority of the American public.  Please halt all efforts to alter, weaken or otherwise dismantle it. 
  • The Endangered Species Act has been highly effective at ensuring preservation of American wildlife and habitats for future generations.  Please protect our wildlife legacy by halting all efforts to modify and dismantle the Endangered Species Act.

Thank you for supporting the Endangered Species Act.