Sign if you agree: Save the Endangered Species Act

Tell Congress: Save the Endangered Species Act

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"Stop the Trump administration's gutting of the Endangered Species Act. Pass the PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Congress: Save the Endangered Species Act

The bald eagle, beluga whale, whooping crane and American grey wolf. All could be a distant memory if the Trump administration's heartless and greedy extinction plan remains in effect.

Earlier this year, despite massive public opposition – including by CREDO members and our progressive allies – Trump and his minions pushed through dangerous regulations to gut the Endangered Species Act, open up protected areas to fossil fuel development and line the pockets of big polluters.

Progressive champion Rep. Raul Grijalva recently introduced critical legislation called the PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019 that would repeal these rule changes.1 We must demand that Congress immediately pass this bill to stop Trump's handout to the oil and gas industry and protect and recover precious, threatened wildlife.

Tell Congress: Save the Endangered Species Act. Click here to sign the petition.

Since it was enacted in the 1970s, the ESA has been wildly successful in protecting endangered species on the brink of extinction.2 More than 99% of all species listed on the ESA have been saved, including the iconic bald eagle, American alligator, Florida manatee and grizzly bear.

Yet, under Trump's extinction plan, decades of hard-fought victories to protect hundreds of endangered and threatened species could be completely wiped out. Despite the overwhelming success and support for the Endangered Species Act – more than 90% in one recent poll and more than 800,000 public comments in opposition to these rollbacks – the Trump administration is again ignoring science and public opinion to enrich its friends in the fossil fuel and extractive industries.3,4

At a time when climate change and other threats are wiping out species across the globe at an alarming rate, now is the time to strengthen the ESA, not weaken our ability to protect vulnerable wildlife and allow Big Oil to continue to exacerbate the climate crisis.

It's clear that the Trump administration won't stop until the Endangered Species Act is completely eviscerated. Please join us now urging Congress to pass this crucial legislation before it's too late. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/save-esa-2019?t=9&akid=35171%2E3291973%2EAYJX_3

Thank you for speaking out.

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. House Committee on Natural Resources, "Chair Grijalva, Senator Udall Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Species, Reverse Trump's Changes That Will Add to Extinction Crisis," Sept. 17, 2019.
  2. Center for Biological Diversity, "A Wild Success: A Systematic Review of Bird Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act," June 2016.
  3. The Humane Society of the United States, "Broad coalition submitted more than 800,000 comments opposing Trump's plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act regulations," Sept. 24, 2018.
  4. Endangered Species Coalition, "Statement on Bills to Block Trump ESA Rollback," Sept. 17, 2019.

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