Date: 2015-06-12 05:30
From: “Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife”
Dear pbnb reader,
We told you this could be the most anti-wildlife Congress in recent memory.
But it’s even worse than we feared.
The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has released an appropriations bill that is bursting with anti-wildlife provisions affecting wolves and other imperiled wildlife.
If these shocking provisions become law, it would be a death sentence for countless wolves and could set our nation’s wildlife conservation efforts back by decades.
URGENT: Tell your Representative to reject anti-wolf and other anti-wildlife measures.
Just consider some of the damage these provisions would do:
A death warrant for wolves. One proposed measure would force gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes off the Endangered Species List. Once again, these majestic animals’ fates would lie in the hands of states intent on dramatically driving down wolf populations.
That’s a veritable death sentence for hundreds, if not thousands of wolves. In the last year alone, more than 700 wolves were killed in the states covered by this provision.
A blind eye to elephant poaching and ivory smuggling. At a time when the massacre of elephants for their ivory has reached epidemic proportions, the House bill would block efforts by the Fish and Wildlife Service to impose tougher restrictions on the importation and domestic sale of ivory – efforts that are necessary to prevent illegally smuggled ivory from being laundered into commercial trade.
Today, an elephant falls to a poacher’s bullet every 15 minutes in Africa. This NRA-supported measure is a giant step in the wrong direction. All this proposal does is benefit elephant poachers and ivory smugglers at the cost of elephant lives.
A savage attack on the ESA. Yet another provision would prohibit a potential listing of the greater sage-grouse – an imperiled bird that has waited more than a decade for a listing decision.
In addition to these despicable appropriations provisions, there have already been more than 50 amendments or bills introduced by Congress aimed at gutting the Endangered Species Act.
These legislative proposals are the product of special interest lobbying and political extremism. They are wildly out of touch with what most Americans want and believe.
This is the moment we need to stand together and demand an end to the insanity on Capitol Hill!
Thank you so much for your partnership on behalf of America’s wildlife.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife
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