Take a stand for the Endangered Species Act
The Trump administration has gutted our nation’s most powerful tool for wildlife conservation: the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Endangered Species Act rollbacks are disastrous for wildlife.
Under their new rules, endangered animals could be refused protection for the sake of oil and gas profits. Not only that, but animals considered “threatened” with extinction will no longer receive the same level of protection.1
Congress must act to reverse this rollback and keep the ESA strong. Our legislators need to hear from us if they are going to do the right thing.
Wolves, eagles, whales and more need the ESA.
Without the ESA, we would be living in a country where bald eagles, humpback whales and other amazing species no longer exist. This vital law has protected thousands of species from vanishing forever with a 99 percent success rate.2
The Trump administration’s new rules measure the continued existence of endangered animals against the “economic impact” of protecting them.3 Under these new rules, a few more dollars in oil and gas profits could buy extinction for our imperiled wildlife.
We can’t put a price on the value of wolves howling in the wilderness, or the beauty of an eagle soaring overhead. Our imperiled wildlife are priceless, and worth protecting. We need a strong Endangered Species Act.
Stand up for a strong ESA.
Last year, when these rule changes were proposed, we delivered almost 20,000 comments from the public opposing them. Even though that didn’t stop the Trump administration from finalizing the rules, endangered animals still have a chance.
We know getting the attention of Congress works. Last spring, tens of thousands of Environmental Action supporters sent messages opposing Congressional efforts to erase protections for wolves — and we won.
Today, with thousands of endangered species on the line, we have to take a stand again.
1. Darryl Fears, “Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal,” The Washington Post, July 19, 2018.
2. “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Propose Actions to Build on Successes of Endangered Species Act,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, May 18, 2015.
3. Darryl Fears, “Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal,” The Washington Post, July 19, 2018.