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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 Virgene Link-New God put these animals here on Earth at his will. It is not ours to remove them.
Jan 21, 2018 leslie pace
Jan 21, 2018 christine burgess
Jan 21, 2018 Nancy Adams What part of "forever" do these folks not understand? We don't get a second chance to save nature.
Jan 21, 2018 Dee Randolph
Jan 21, 2018 Judith Chambers Of all nations, the USA needs to protect endangered animal life. All life is worthy of the continuation of its being. These are God's animals and He will see what you do.
Jan 21, 2018 Jewel Clark
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Praesens Absens
Jan 21, 2018 Earl Berke
Jan 21, 2018 Doris Alpern
Jan 21, 2018 Judith Zaccaria Remember dodos? Passenger pigeons? etc. etc. When they are gone, they are gone. We need to protect the world from us. We need to maintain the Endangered Species Act.
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Liz Sigel
Jan 21, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
Jan 21, 2018 Candida Pilkington
Jan 21, 2018 Ugo Teixeira Werneck Vianna
Jan 21, 2018 Valerie White It is imperative that the Endangered Species Act continue.
Jan 21, 2018 Mariateresa Canosa
Jan 21, 2018 Karin Cohen
Jan 21, 2018 Margaret Racine
Jan 21, 2018 Lynda Kerr
Jan 21, 2018 Diane Erwin
Jan 21, 2018 Jessica Rank
Jan 21, 2018 Barbara Kucala
Jan 21, 2018 Laurie Okuno
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Michelle Haag
Jan 21, 2018 Katherine Foster The proposed rewrite would do nothing for anyone. I respectfully ask that all involved do whatever needs to be done to stop this rewrite and continue to protect what is right.
Jan 21, 2018 Maria Belasquez
Jan 21, 2018 Tina Anelante
Jan 21, 2018 Laura Bivins
Jan 21, 2018 Lona Sulser
Jan 21, 2018 Ken Wenzer
Jan 21, 2018 Sharon Nienberg
Jan 21, 2018 Tracey Maunder
Jan 21, 2018 Elayna Kotsaftis
Jan 21, 2018 Beverly Unger
Jan 21, 2018 Jinny LEE We are all morally obligated to do so. That simple.
Jan 21, 2018 Barbara Lewis
Jan 21, 2018 Sherri Martin
Jan 21, 2018 Lori Simpson
Jan 21, 2018 carolyn gowdy
Jan 21, 2018 Lorna Martin
Jan 21, 2018 Monica Patton
Jan 21, 2018 Patricia Scott
Jan 21, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jan 21, 2018 Norma Piecznski
Jan 21, 2018 Sheila Phillips
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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