Endangered Species Act Threatened: What You Can Do | Earth Day Network

Do you want to prevent the extinction in the USA of iconic animals such as the American bald eagle, grizzly and polar bears, the gray wolf, 11 kinds of whales, and many more?

When thinking about endangered species, the image of large African mammals comes to mind. But, did you know that there are more than 1,300 endangered or threatened species in the USA?

The Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed 40 years ago, has saved from extinction many US species such the iconic California Condor, the humble Nashville Crayfish, the Rusty-patched Bumblebee and more than a thousand other species.

The ESA, a key piece of legislation to prevent massive species extinction is again under attack. This time by the strongest ever coordinated and concerted effort by the current Administration, the Senate, the House and well-funded and powerful private groups. Read here about the proposed changes.

Although 90% of voters support the ESA — including liberals, moderates, and conservatives — the Interior Department has proposed to issue new provisions that will render the Act ineffective.

The ESA has had a tremendous record of success. There is no need for any regulatory changes to the statute. The proposed revisions have far-reaching implications, to the point at which adding new species to the list could become nearly impossible.

Our species need your help! The Administration has asked for comments by September 24, 2018, and we need thousands of people sending letters against the proposed changes.

Here you can download draft letters that you can modify and send to the Administration about the three different packages of reforms that they are planning to issue. Read some suggestions here about submitting effective comments.

These are the links to send your comments:

Send comments about the proposed changes to LISTING AND CRITICAL HABITAT

CFR Citation: 50 CFR 424 / Docket ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006

Send comments to proposed changes to PROTECTIVE REGULATIONS

CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17. Docket ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007

If we do not act and express our opposition, we might find ourselves mourning the irreversible loss of some of our most treasured species!