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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

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.


Petition Signatures

Nov 20, 2017 Daniel Teague Where is the compassion of these people?
Nov 20, 2017 Antonio Ruiz
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Roy Hunt
Nov 19, 2017 Robert Klang
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 ANN UNGER
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 18, 2017 Selena Harrison
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 18, 2017 Victoria Hall
Nov 18, 2017 Michelle Blackley
Nov 18, 2017 Heike Brown
Nov 17, 2017 Christine DiNapoli
Nov 17, 2017 Marianne Frei Have we not learned that once they are gone, there is no bringing them back . . . We need to be their voice . . . Protect the animals . . . ! ! !
Nov 16, 2017 Stanley Brooks Please don't take us backwards in time and increase pressures on species that we have almost destroyed. Please vote to save not harm endangered species.
Nov 16, 2017 Debbie Boniol
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 lecat Anne
Nov 14, 2017 Annie Stewart
Nov 14, 2017 Alexis Remollino Help them, please!
Nov 14, 2017 Pam Logan
Nov 14, 2017 Patti Jahsman
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Annie Angelova
Nov 14, 2017 Cate Lemieux Please strengthen, not "modernize" the ESA! Barrasso and cronies should be on the Endangered Species List!
Nov 13, 2017 Carol Bostick
Nov 13, 2017 David Schaechtel
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) “The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Nov 13, 2017 Kathryn N. Fox WITH the ESA , wildlife is going extinct. Without it, they will go extinct for sure. A handful of people should not be able to overturn what most people want to keep. Leave ESA as is.
Nov 13, 2017 Lin Clarke Any attempt to get rid of the ESA is indicative of the callous, barbarous nature of those involved.
Nov 13, 2017 N Siriwardena
Nov 13, 2017 Fred Luke
Nov 13, 2017 Joann Winfrey
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Linda Pflugrad
Nov 13, 2017 Diana Covington
Nov 13, 2017 melinda themm The ESA is essential for the protection of the world's flora and fauna. No changes are required other than to strengthen the Act.
Nov 13, 2017 Helga Preinesberger
Nov 13, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen
Nov 13, 2017 Tina Garza
Nov 13, 2017 norman hines I hate republicans and I hope every one of them dies the most horrible death a human can suffer.

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