Don’t Limit Protections for Endangered Species

Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Don’t diminish protections offered to endangered species

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (EPA) that would dilute its power.

At present, the EPA states that an endangered species is “any species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.” Changes are being proposed to address the lack of clarity for what qualifies as “significant”. The proposed amendments attempt to quantify “significant” as any specific population of a species that, if lost, would inevitably spell extinction for that species.

This amendment is troubling because it effectively offers fewer rights to groups of animals that would be deemed endangered by the current standards. What if a group of animals does not have a “significant” population? What if their population is spread out evenly, or close to evenly? In these situations it is possible that entire species could be at risk.

By signing the petition below, you will urge Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to oppose this amendment to the Endangered Species Act and to prevent future changes to the act that would limit the agency’s scope or ability to protect wildlife.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Daniel M. Ashe,

As you may know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have recently proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would dilute its power. This amendment would limit what the ESA can do to protect endangered species in the name of clarifying specific diction.

By quantifying the term “significant,” there would exist the possibility that animals that we now consider endangered could potentially lose their ESA protection because they do not live in a “significant” population of their species. This becomes more problematic when you consider that some species might not have a “significant” population whatsoever. In these cases, these attempts at clarification in fact create more confusion.

I urge you to oppose this amendment to the Endangered Species Act. The power of the Endangered Species Act would become limited and members of potentially all endangered species would become more threatened. Please use all of your influence to see that this amendment does not pass.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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