Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote NO on HR 424 HR 717, HR 1274, HR 2603, and HR 3131, that weaken protections of the Endangered Species Act or to exempt individual species from protection.
More script if you need it: I care about biodiversity and I’m tired of this administration putting resource development above the environment.
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
(Specific information per bill – All the titles are either OPPOSITE of what they actually are or are confusingly bland. Confirm that the intern on the phone knows that you’re saying NO on all of them.)
H.R. 424 – “Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017”. Wrong! this is really the GOP’s war on grey wolves.
H.R. 717 – “Listing Reform Act”. This bill requires a review of the economic costs of adding a species to the endangered or threatened species list before doing so under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
H.R.1274 – “State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act”. This bill would automatically deem any information submitted by a state or local government to be the “best available” science even if such information were contradictory, out-of-date or fraudulent, weakening the listing process for endangered species. Remember “Transparency” in GOP-speak means they’re hiding something from us.
H.R. 2603 – They call it the “SAVES” Act, which means, of course, a lot of animals will die. This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 so that nonnative species in the US will no longer be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act. It loosens the rules for interstate commerce of ivory and undermines the United States’ leadership in protecting wildlife. (See picture of stacks of tusks above!)
H.R. 3131 – “Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act“. Hahahaha! This bill hampers citizen the ability of citizens to bring lawsuits, making the agency more prone to consider politics over the welfare of threatened species.