Demand Protection for Rare Tennessee Crayfish

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Designate the Obey crayfish for protection under the Endangered Species Act

An essential crayfish in Tennessee is in danger of extinction. The Obey crayfish makes important contributions to the ecosystem in Tennessee, so its survival is necessary. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must add the Obey crayfish to the Endangered Species list in order to prevent the extinction of this crucial creature.

There are almost 80 different species of crayfish in Tennessee, and almost 10 of those species are endangered. The Obey crayfish has been eligible for the Endangered Species list for over a year, but according to the Center for Biological Diversity, “the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the crayfish ‘may warrant’ protection as an endangered species, but it has failed to make the required 12-month finding on whether protection is warranted.”  The time has come for the Fish and Wildlife Service to take action to protect the Obey crayfish.

Crayfish play a pivotal role in the Tennessee ecosystem, besides being an important link in the food chain. They dig holes, which help enrich habitats for many other species of animals. They also keep streams clear of decay, since decomposing plants and animals serve as their main food source. The Fish and Wildlife Service must do everything they can to keep the Obey crayfish from going extinct.


Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

For the past year, you have been highly indecisive about the fate of the Obey crayfish in Tennessee. This is unacceptable, as the Obey crayfish is in grave danger of being erased from the ecosystem. You must take action to conserve the Obey crayfish and add them to the Endangered Species Act.

I shouldn’t have to explain to you the extremely negative consequences that the extinction of a species can have on its ecosystem. The Obey crayfish digs holes, which supplements the habitats of almost 400 other species that live nearby. They also clear the rivers and streams of decomposing natural matter by consuming decaying plants and animals in their diet. Without the Obey crayfish, the Tennessee ecosystem will be in a sad condition. Protect the ecosystem and ensure the survival of the Obey crayfish by adding them to the Endangered Species list. Please consider taking this action to conserve this essential creature and its habitats.


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  1. We must preserve all species. They all have a place, and we will endanger our survival if we fail.

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