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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. Now this Congress—which is shaping up to be the most anti-wildlife Congress we have ever seen—wants to slash the Endangered Species Act, threatening the very existence of the imperiled wildlife and ecosystems the Act protects.

We cannot allow this bedrock environmental law to be undermined by lawmakers who are in the pocket of polluting industries. Tell your representative to stand up for the Endangered Species Act now!

Biologists warn that our planet is facing a sixth wave of mass extinction. The Endangered Species Act, which has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from vanishing, is precisely the kind of effective tool we need today. It has revived the bald eagle, the American alligator, the California condor and many others.

Yet anti-environment interests in the House and Senate are currently orchestrating some of the most serious threats ever posed to the Endangered Species Act. Some of the legislative proposals put specific imperiled wildlife species on the chopping block, while others attack core provisions of the Endangered Species Act itself.

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) has said he wants to “repeal and replace” the Endangered Species Act. Others are supporting legislative proposals that would make it harder for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to resolve Endangered Species Act lawsuits.

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

During the previous (114th) Congress, anti-wildlife representatives authored more than 100 bills and amendments to undermine the Endangered Species Act. Similar legislative attacks are already being introduced in the current (115th) Congress. These proposals would put imperiled species at greater risk by:

  • Establishing arbitrary land boundaries where species protections would not apply
  • Imposing limitations on the ability of citizens to help enforce the Endangered Species Act
  • Undermining the use of science under the Endangered Species Act
  • Declaring open season on individual species, including wolves and sage grouse, by blocking federal protections or denying existing protections

If anti-environment members of Congress get their way, the Endangered Species Act’s vital protections will be cast aside. Tell your congressional representatives 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 defend this important law.

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Congress Unleashes ‘War on Wolves’

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Please protect the Endangered Species Act

Dear Congressperson,



The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's most effective, important and popular 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 and many other species. Further, according to polling conducted in 2015, 90 percent of Americans support the Endangered Species Act.

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 previous (114th) Congress, 130 bills and amendments were filed that would:

* Establish arbitrary land boundaries where species protections would not apply
* Impose limitations on the ability of citizens to help enforce the Act
* Undermine the use of science under the Act
* Declare open season on individual species, including wolves and sage grouse, by blocking federal protections or denying existing protections

Unfortunately, similar legislative proposals are already being introduced in the current Congress, along with calls for so-called "modernization" of the Act. 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,

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