Wednesday, February 1, 2017

War on Wolves Act Threatens Wolves and the Endangered Species Act

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Not only is the War on Wolves Act (H.R. 424 and S.164) poised to strip federal protection for wolves in four states to allow trophy hunting/trapping to resume, it also undermines the integrity of our nation’s most significant environmental law - the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The ESA requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to base all listing and delisting decisions on the best available science. Thus, when determining whether to end endangered species protection, federal law requires that an independent panel of scientists provide an objective scientific review of the federal agency's proposals. The War on Wolves Act blatantly ignores this federal mandate and stands to weaken the ESA itself.

Science has concluded that we have entered an unprecedented period of climate change and human-caused Sixth Mass extinction. As conservationists in the 21st century, we face the growing challenge of helping imperiled species heal and flourish and supporting biodiversity for future generations, not dismantling the cornerstone of our nation’s conservation law.

If we destroy the ESA, we are killing more than a law. We are killing endangered species. And no species should have to face extinction at the hands of humanity, much less twice.

URGENT - Please urge your representatives to oppose these congressional attempts to delist wolves and further weaken the ESA. Take action here.

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