Endangered Species Act Under Attack in Congress

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Western Caucus announced a package of nine bills to gut the Endangered Species Act, the most effective law for protecting wildlife from extinction.

This package of legislation purports to "modernize" the Endangered Species Act in order to better protect species. Instead, it prioritizes politics over science at the expense of our nation’s natural heritage. Taken together, these bills would dramatically weaken this impressively successful, wildly popular cornerstone conservation law, by transferring undue authority to state officials, undermining the ESA’s science-based listing process, and undercutting citizens' ability to enforce the law.

"Our most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction is once again under attack in the House of Representatives," said Nora Apter, legislative advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The false pretense of ‘modernizing’ a law that has kept 99 percent of species under its care from going extinct is a dirty strategy for gutting a law for greed. The Endangered Species Act works and any effort to weaken it will be fought vigorously."

SOURCE: Natural Resources Defense Council