Oppose Cuts to Animal Conservation Programs

Target: Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Adam Smith

Goal: Oppose the Endangered Species Management Determination Act, which will lessen protection for endangered animals

This year, 2013, marks the 4oth anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This act is responsible for the success of many species put under its protection. Tea Party members have introduced a bill to counter the anniversary of the ESA; this measure will make sure the bill is not as effective as it has been by adding complicating rules and regulations. The proposed new bill will be devastating for current ESA listings, and for the future of endangered plants and animals.

The ESA aims to protect endangered plants and animals and has been very successful. To date, the ESA has saved 99 percent of protected species from extinction. Currently, 1,400 species are protected under the ESA, as well as 600 foreign species. Unfortunately, the powers that be are finding that protecting wildlife and habitats stalls business development and physical growth. The ESA is being viewed as a nuisance for big business and special interest groups, and the Tea Party is not having that.

The proposed Tea Party bill that will cause problems for endangered animals in need is called the Endangered Species Management Determination Act (ESMDA). The ESMDA aims to end protections for the animals currently listed on the EDA; require that every five years endangered species be taken off of the list, regardless of their recovery status, and go through Congressional approval to be put back on the list for five more years; as well as make it extremely hard to list new animals for protection. The details of the ESMDA proposal are a death sentence for many species in need.

Urge lawmakers in Washington State to see the dangers of approving the ESMDA; this bill must not be passed. Endangered species deserve protection; if we give up on them and allow this new bill to pass, many will not have a fighting chance.


Dear Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Adam Smith,

This year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As you know, the ESA is responsible for the protection and success of many endangered species. The success rate of the ESA speaks for itself: 99 percent of species under its protection have been saved from extinction. Those working to protect endangered species have the interest of those in need at heart. Their motives are not skewed, nor selfish. Unfortunately, lawmakers have proposed a bill to counter the good that the ESA has done.

The Tea Party has proposed a bill that will take away necessary protection from endangered plants and animals, in favor of special interest groups and big business. The bill is titlef the Endangered Species Management Determination Act; this bill will be too involved in the management of endangered species, and does not have the best interest of the species in mind. The bill aims to only list a species under the ESA for five years, no matter its recovery status. In order to be listed again, Congress must decide if it is necessary, which would take too much time and leave the species in question vulnerable. The new proposal will also make it very hard for new species to be listed.

The proposed bill will be a death sentence for many endangered species that need protection. Please do not endorse the Endangered Species Management Determination Act, and encourage other lawmakers to follow your example. By continuing to support the Endangered Species Act, as it is written now, you are supporting plants and animals in need of our help.


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