Target: Representative Hal Rogers, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
Goal: Increase funding opportunities for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so that the protection of endangered species can be hastened.
Endangered species are waiting an average of 12 years to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. Such a wait time is six times longer than what it should be. The Fish and Wildlife Service is supposed to list a species as endangered or threatened in a time period of no longer than two years.
Not only are animals waiting longer to receive protection, they are also being unequally targeted. Vertebrate animals (birds, fish, mammals, etc.) receive protection much faster than invertebrates and plants. Also, animals deemed “cute” by public perception are at an unequal advantage when it comes to protection.
Great bias has been demonstrated in the selection process and this can negatively impact our diverse ecosystem and its biodiversity. Species that are protected in a quicker manner have more of a chance to “bounce back,” while species that must wait, sometimes for more than a decade, remained threatened longer, risking extinction.
One way to combat this practice and hasten the protection of threatened species by adding them to the official list of endangered species in a more timely manner is through funding. An increase in funding would allow for the acceleration of the protection of species. Sign the petition to urge the House Committee of Appropriations to increase funding available to the Fish and Wildlife Service so that species can more accurately, more fairly, and more quickly be officially listed as endangered or threatened.
Dear Representative Rogers,
A recent study has found that some species wait up to 12 years to be officially listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This is six times longer than what is legally allowed. This study also found that vertebrates like mammals and birds are more likely to make the list faster than invertebrates and plants. Such bias negatively impacts our nation’s biodiversity.
An increase in funding can greatly alleviate this issue. With more resources available, they could be allocated to different species in a more equal and timely manner, preventing the picking and choosing that is currently taking place. I urge you to increase funding to the Fish and Wildlife Service so that it can more quickly and more fairly protect our nation’s unique plant and wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
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