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The Endangered Species Act is one of the strongest, most effective wildlife protection laws in the world. It was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support more than 40 years ago to provide a legal safety net for wildlife, fish, and plant species that are in danger of extinction.

In all the years since it was enacted, the Endangered Species Act has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct. The Act has prevented the extinction of the bald eagle, the American alligator, the California condor, plus thousands of other species.

Take action now to ensure this landmark law is not weakened by political attacks.

Anti-environment interests and their friends in Congress are currently orchestrating some of the most serious threats ever posed to the Endangered Species Act. During the previous (114th) Congress, anti-wildlife members of Congress filed 130 bills and amendments to undermine the Endangered Species Act. These proposals would put imperiled species at greater risk by:

  • Establishing arbitrary land boundaries where species protections would not apply.
  • Imposing limitations on citizens’ ability to help enforce the Act.
  • Undermining the use of science under the Act.
  • Declaring open season on individual species by blocking federal protections or denying existing protections.
  • And more...

We expect these same attacks and more to continue in the current (115th) Congress. Anti-environment members of Congress and their supporters in destructive and polluting industries have made it a priority to roll back safeguards for our wildlife, fish, and plants when they think no one is looking. If they get their way, the Endangered Species Act’s vital protections will be cast aside.

Tell your congressional representative and senators to oppose any legislation that hurts imperiled wildlife!

Earthjustice and supporters like you have been fighting to stop political attacks on the Endangered Species Act for decades. We can’t do it without you—we need your help to urge your members of Congress to defend this important law by opposing all anti-wildlife legislation.

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Please protect the Endangered Species Act

Dear Representative,



The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's most effective and important environmental laws. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Act has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct including the bald eagle, the American alligator, the California condor, plus thousands of other species.

But now, as we celebrate more than four decades of success with the Endangered Species Act, some members of Congress are pushing to weaken or even gut this vital law.

In the 114th Congress, 130 legislative proposals were introduced that would harm imperiled species by:

* Establishing arbitrary land boundaries where species protections would not apply.
* Imposing limitations on citizens' ability to help enforce the Act.
* Undermining the use of science under the Act.
* Declaring open season on individual species by blocking federal protections or denying existing protections.

I urge you to uphold our nation's commitment to protect our national heritage by opposing all efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]

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