While our attention was on taxes, these horrors have quietly crept out of their committees. Call, Call, Call!

Unfortunately these anti-“Endangered Species Act” (ESA) bills have just made it out of committee and can be put on the schedule as early as this week!  Put them all together in a single call and make sure the intern answering the phone gets all the bill numbers right and that it’s a big fat “NO” on all of them. 

If you made these calls before, please do it again. There’s also a new one included here that puts fish populations in their sights.

Minimal Script: Are you ready to record a series of numbers? I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote NO on the following bills: HR 424,  HR 717HR 1274, HR 2603,  HR 3131, and HR3916 .

More script if you need it: These bills weaken protections of the Endangered Species Act or exempt individual species from protection. 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

More Info.Major kudos to High Country News and writer Maya L. Kapoor for this article which explains all the bills below in more detail. The bills are:

  1. HR424 – Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017”: Gray wolves, already delisted in some areas (to the point where they can be shot on sight by anyone who feels like it), would have this delisting protected from judicial review to prevent the possibility of protecting them again if needed. This is really the GOP’s war on grey wolves.
  2. HR717 – “Listing Reform Act”: This bill aims to revise the ESA so that the most urgent petitions are not considered first, and petitions for new protections can be denied if a special interest group argues it will be economically costly.
  3. HR1274 – “State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act”: This bill would automatically deem any information provided by those with vested interests (corporations, etc.) on equal footing with peer-reviewed scientific information on endangered species from reliable sources.  Another anti-science bill.
  4. HR2603 – They call it the SAVES” Act: which means, of course, a lot of animals will die. This bill prevents the protection of non-native endangered species so that globally endangered animals like tigers kept as “pets” could not be protected under federal guidelines.  It loosens the rules for interstate commerce of ivory and undermines the United States’ leadership in protecting wildlife. Elephants and rhinos will be slaughtered wholesale again.
  5. HR3131– “Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act“. Hahahaha!  This bill would discourage citizens from bringing lawsuits regarding ESA-protected animals to court by mandating that they could not recoup legal fees if they win, something that is standard practice.
  6. HR3916: – “FISH Act”: No surprise but this will be bad for actual fish. Not yet out of committee but it appears it’s going to be fast-tracked. Attempts to push total responsibility for protecting migrating fish species to the USFWS which has a huge backlog and is unable to do the work it’s already been assigned.  It dumps additional responsibility on them without additional funding.

General information: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/09/21/republican-bills-will-kill-off-the-endangered-species-act-if-they-become-law/

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