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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is in the fight of its life.

Powerful members of Congress have leveled attack after attack on the landmark legislation and it now faces an imminent threat that could be its undoing.

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is pushing forward with a bill to rewrite the ESA that would open the door to harmful provisions that could undermine the law, strip it of its effectiveness and compromise the role of science in the protection of endangered species.

We cannot let the last line of defense against extinction for the gray wolf, the North Atlantic right whale, the Florida panther and so many more be eviscerated.

Senator Barrasso's expected bill could be the linchpin that undoes the ESA.

Tell your senators to oppose Barrasso's bill and all efforts to rewrite the ESA.

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Dear Senator,

I am writing as a constituent of yours to ask you to stand strong on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and oppose all efforts to rewrite or "modernize" America's landmark wildlife conservation law, which serves as our last line of defense in preventing permanent species extinction. Specifically, I urge you not to support an anticipated ESA rewrite bill by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) that is unnecessary, likely to be damaging, and would ultimately open the door to a myriad of dangerous attacks on this bedrock statute.

The ESA is one of our nation's most effective and popular conservation laws on the books, touting a 99% success rate in preventing extinction. It has saved species like the American bald eagle, the California condor, the brown pelican and the Florida manatee from irrevocable extinction. Polling from 2015 shows that 90% of voters support the law, including 94% of self-identified liberals, 94% of self-identified moderates and 82% of self-identified conservatives. It is also tremendously flexible, requiring that federal, state, tribal and local officials work together to protect endangered wildlife. The ESA's tremendous record of success can be further enhanced through improved implementation of the law. There is no need for any legislative changes to the statute.

Yet, in spite of the ESA's enormous success and popularity, members of the 115th Congress have their sights set on reauthorizing or "modernizing" this important law. This would open the door to harmful provisions that would undermine the effectiveness of the law and compromise the role of science in species protection decisions. Since 2015, legislators in both the House and Senate have introduced over 150 legislative proposals that would severely undermine the conservation of threatened and endangered species under the ESA. None of these proposals would contribute to species conservation.

Given the current hostility in Congress directed at our nation's wildlife, any attempts to open the ESA legislatively would place this successful law at risk of being severely weakened, if not completely obliterated. These "reform" efforts are not a reflection of the will of the American people who support the ESA and want the recovery of our most imperiled species to be left to scientists — not politicians.

I urge you to do everything you can to oppose congressional efforts to rewrite this landmark law and protect threatened and endangered species for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 21, 2018 anita maldonado
Jan 21, 2018 Patricia Mcelwain
Jan 21, 2018 marie hanulak Surely! no one expects humans to do the right thing
Jan 21, 2018 Mildred Bursler
Jan 21, 2018 Lynne Fortner
Jan 21, 2018 Deborah Cohen Protect preserve .....live and let live
Jan 21, 2018 Evelyn Macauley
Jan 21, 2018 Deborah Brown
Jan 21, 2018 Marky Raypole Extinction is forever.
Jan 21, 2018 John P. Davidson
Jan 21, 2018 Ed Zehel
Jan 21, 2018 Andrew Serrin
Jan 21, 2018 Yana Gold
Jan 21, 2018 Mercedes Caraco
Jan 21, 2018 Nancy Rosman What do we gain by not keeping the Act? Nothing. A ruined country. An endangered planet. Destroying the Act is just plain stupid. This administration is a wrecking ball.
Jan 21, 2018 David Roney
Jan 21, 2018 TRACY CATARIUS
Jan 21, 2018 Dia Schumacher
Jan 21, 2018 Sylvia Robins
Jan 21, 2018 VALERIE ARSENEAULT
Jan 21, 2018 Misty Day
Jan 21, 2018 Alice Sievert
Jan 21, 2018 TERRY REAGAN
Jan 21, 2018 Yvonne McMahon
Jan 21, 2018 Penny Hanton
Jan 21, 2018 Rosalind Kotlar
Jan 21, 2018 Colin Taylor
Jan 21, 2018 Beveryn Swaim
Jan 21, 2018 Paula Morgan We need a strong ESA! Please save it as is do not undermine it.
Jan 21, 2018 James Williams
Jan 21, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 21, 2018 K. Browning
Jan 21, 2018 Jack Mahrt III
Jan 21, 2018 mary pettit
Jan 21, 2018 Jack Mahrt Jr
Jan 21, 2018 Tomi McDonald
Jan 21, 2018 Idelle Mahrt
Jan 21, 2018 Jack Mahrt
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Debra Robinson
Jan 20, 2018 LAURA TOUSSAINT
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Michelle Bretey
Jan 19, 2018 Judy Head
Jan 19, 2018 Susan Severino
Jan 18, 2018 ryan burger Quit wasting time and leave the ESA alone and concentrate on the "leader" and his cronies in the government.
Jan 18, 2018 oana barna
Jan 17, 2018 Michelle Linker
Jan 17, 2018 Camille Yergeau

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