Eliminate Dangerous Anti-Wildlife Wording in Defense Bill

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Stop dangerous anti-wildlife bill from further endangering threatened species.

Threatened wildlife will be at further risk if a proposed bill passes. The House of Representatives’ version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is an annually passed bill that sets the budget for the US Department of Defense, contains language that is detrimental to wildlife. Specifically, if the bill passes with the harmful provisions, the greater sage-grouse and the lesser prairie chicken will not be listed under the Environmental Services Association for the next 10 years, and protections for the endangered American burying beetle will be removed. Furthermore, the bill will enable the US Navy to operate without regard to marine life for a decade.

In recent weeks, this bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and it is currently under review. There is still time to make a difference. Please sign this petition to demand Speaker of the House Paul Ryan urge US senators and representatives to stop the harmful provisions of the bill from passing.


Dear Speaker Ryan,

The House of Representatives’ version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains environmentally harmful language that must be removed. The bill would eliminate necessary protection for the endangered American burying beetle, the threatened sage-grouse and the lesser prairie chicken, and allow for the US Navy to operate unchecked without regard to marine life for a decade.

Please consider the detrimental effect these provisions in the bill would have on these species and on marine life. The purpose of the NDAA is to protect America, not to harm wildlife species and the environment. We ask that you uphold the true principles of the NDAA and remove the environmentally detrimental provisions in the House’s version of the NDAA.


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  1. Man has spread from sea to sea to the detriment of wildlife. I see it as our duty to protect those species that have so far survived our onslaught. There are species that can only be found in one place and others that travel long distances each year. It’s time to respect them and the land, sea and air that they need to survive. A diversity of species is very important to the health of this planet and to man as well.

  2. Sir – please show your intelligence, your strength, your individuality as a human, as someone respecting God’s Creation.

    How do you wish to be remembered? Hero for the environment or crouching coward?

  3. Chief Seattle was right when he said if the animals were gone, man would experience a great loneliness. This is the sixth greatest extinction of animals and plants on this planet. It is our duty as inhabitants on this planet, with all our technology, to help our fellow species.

  4. Isabel Brown. says:

    My guess his choice would be crouching coward. Look at the cretin he works for.

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  6. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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