Anti-conservation members of Congress are attacking our nation’s most rare and imperiled wildlife. Speak out!
Congress, in its wisdom, passed the Endangered Species Act as a safety net to ensure that our actions do not cause the extinction of other native species with overwhelming bipartisan support. I stand with the vast majority of Americans in support of the Endangered Species Act, which for decades has done an excellent job of preventing the extinction of native plants and wildlife. The law wisely requires decisions be made on the basis of the best available science, not politics. Despite this wild success, and the increasing need to protect imperiled species from extinction in the face of a rapidly changing climate, habitat destruction and fragmentation, and other serious threats, attacks on the Act are increasing. These attacks do not represent the American people who overwhelmingly support protecting our nation’s most imperiled wildlife. Instead, the assaults are led by anti-environmental factions seeking to shelter the environmentally destructive actions of a privileged few. The Endangered Species Act and the agencies charged with implementing the law must be protected from blatant political meddling.
I urge you to protect our rare native wildlife by blocking any and all harmful policy riders on unrelated legislation that prematurely strip protections, prospectively block protections or defund the agencies charged with implementing the law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service must be allowed to do their jobs. Rare native species like the greater sage grouse, lesser prairie chicken, and gray, red and Mexican wolves should receive protections so long as the science demonstrates they are necessary. I expect you to fully fund the agencies that protect our wildlife and their habitats. And I expect you to protect our most imperiled native species.
Science and not politics must guide the decisions made to recover imperiled species to healthy and secure populations. Anti-environmental extremists in Congress must not be allowed to dictate which species survive, based on the whims of their campaign donors.
I call on you to stand strong in defense of the Endangered Species Act, and champion science, not politics, as the appropriate decision-making tool for guiding our efforts to prevent extinction of our most vulnerable native species. Please be a vocal opponent of any and all anti-ESA riders, and keep me informed of your efforts to protect the Endangered Species Act from Congressional tampering.