Target: U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (DC)
Goal: Thank Court for upholding legal settlement that protects hundreds of threatened species
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. upheld a legal settlement that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to decide on the statuses of hundreds of threatened plants and animals. The settlement ensures that the USFWS will not ignore the peril of these flora and fauna, and guarantees protection for the most threatened species.
The settlement was challenged by the Safari Club, an international pro-hunting group based in the United States. The group argued that its members currently hunt many of the animals on the settlement list, and a decision by the USFWS to eventually protect these creatures would restrict or forbid further hunting. This development, they claimed, would be a direct violation of their rights as U.S. citizens to hunt and kill animals in their own country.
While the Safari Club’s members do have a legal right to hunt animals, they cannot kill species on the brink of extinction. Each animal listed in the settlement is threatened by climate change, habitat destruction, and lack of food sources. If they are also hunted, they will soon go extinct.
Overall, the Court’s decision is very beneficial for threatened plants and animals in the United States. The settlement will force the USFWS to decide on the statuses of creatures like the Pacific walrus, Mexican gray wolf, black-footed albatross, and Miami blue butterfly. The plight of these creatures will no longer be ignored. Thank the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. for upholding the settlement.
Dear U.S. Court of Appeals,
Thank you very much for upholding the settlement that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFSW) to decide the statuses of numerous threatened species. This decision could not have been easy, and I commend your thoroughness and dedication in procuring a final judgment.
There are so many plant and animal species in the United States that need federal protection. Hundreds of mammals, fish, amphibians, birds, and insects are currently threatened by climate change, loss of habitat, and lack of food sources. They need proper defenses if they are not to go extinct.
Many organizations, including the Safari Club, believe protections for endangered species go too far. They argue that humans have the right to hunt and kill animals, and federal laws defending threatened creatures create restrictions that make hunting very difficult.
However, while humans do have hunting rights, animals also have the right to life, especially if their population numbers are dropping. If humans hunt a species that is endangered, that species will be far more likely to disappear forever, an outcome very few desire.
Again, thank you so much for upholding the settlement requiring the USFWS to discuss protections for threatened species. You have done a great service to the wild plants and animals of this country.
[Your Name Here]
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