The Endangered Species Act is America’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction and it is under unprecedented attack by the Trump administration and members of Congress. Ninety-nine percent of listed species have survived and many more have been set on a path to recovery, including the iconic gray wolf, the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the Florida manatee.
We are experiencing a sixth mass extinction and incomparable habitat destruction, and we should be working to strengthen, not weaken, our nation’s best conservation. Compared to fossil record, humans have sped up the extinction rate by about a thousand times. Wildlife populations have already declined by more than half since 1970, and we could lose up to 75% of all species in the coming centuries.
The Endangered Species Act is our last line of defense for staving off extinction.
The Trump Extinction Plan
The administration’s Extinction Plan is an unprecedented attack on wildlife that would:
- Wrongly inject economics into what should be purely science-based decisions about listing imperiled species.
- Deprive threatened species from automatically receiving protections from killing, trapping, and other forms of harm and commercial exploitation.
- Further imperil endangered species by blinding federal agencies to the broad consequences of their actions and limit what wildlife experts can look at in their reviews of federal activities.
The fight to save endangered species is here! At a time of unprecedented wildlife extinction and habitat destruction, we should be working to strengthen, not weaken, the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s best tool for helping to stave off the tragedy of extinction. Let us not be the generation that bears witness to extinction and does nothing to stop it. Defenders of Wildlife is not backing down from this crucial fight. What we’re fighting for is simply too important to lose." - Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife