(Graphic from the Center for Biological Diversity’s report on “The Unprecedented Republican Attack on Endangered Species and the Endangered Species Act.” from 2015)
Action #1 – Write comments to protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from the GOP’s regulatory attack.
Earlier this week, we published the comments link to stop the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries from gutting the Endangered Species Act (ESA) rules. More information here. Deadline for comments on this piece of regulatory shenanigans is Sept. 24th. Write early, write often.
Now, let’s head on to legislation, where enemies of the Endangered Species Act try to undermine it with the death of a thousand cuts. The damage these guys do in the name of oil, gas and big agriculture will be profound and irreversible.
Action #2 – Protect migratory birds from an expanded hunting season.
In 1918, the United States enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to protect migratory birds, which helped restore populations of many birds from near extinction. Nearly 100 years later, our bird populations are being threatened again, from habitat loss, global warming and from really stupid pandering legislation like this: HR6013/S2942 – “Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act”. This photo-op for right-wing legislators expands the hunting season and the stress on migratory bird populations, under the guise of providing “special” days for youths, veterans and military personnel, who are perfectly capable of hunting during the regular season. No one asked for this.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to strongly oppose [Rep.-HR6013/Sen.-S2942} – “Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act”.
(Quote by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), the Natural Resources Committee’s top Democrat)
Action – Protect the Endangered Species Act by speaking out.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries has been forced by law to seek public input on proposed reforms to “Improve & Modernize Implementation of the Endangered Species Act”. So, let’s blow them out of the oil-polluted water in which they swim. Deadline is September 24th, so comment early and often. Continue reading “Mon – 8/6: How much is our wildlife worth? The GOP is willing to liquidate our natural heritage for cash. WRITE! Deadline Sept. 24th.”
Snakes are just the start…
Check out the Advocates for Snake Preservation and help them submit as many comments as possible by JULY 20. Use their convenient form here.
Two snake species, the narrow-headed gartersnake and northern Mexican gartersnakes, live in wetland areas alongside rivers, where they hunt for tadpoles and minnows. They’ve have suffered catastrophic population declines in recent decades as over 90 percent of their riverside habitats have disappeared due to overgrazing, water diversions, wildfires and drought.
Now, the Gila River, an area proposed for long-term protection under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, is under threat of diversion for agricultural use, threatening the habitat of these snakes, five other threatened or endangered species, one of the largest concentrations of breeding birds in North America and the most intact native fish community in the Colorado River Basin. Continue reading “Fri 7/20: 2nd action – Even scary animals need our protection. Also due today!”