Eviscerating the World’s Strongest Wildlife Law

Copyright Jeff Palmer, Florida Today

The Endangered Species Act has been under full assault lately from both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate.  Over the past year, a handful of bills – none of which was based on science – were introduced to remove protections for the gray wolf.  The most nefarious was a rider in the 2011 Final House Appropriations Bill that delisted northern Rockies gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

But these attacks have not stopped with wolves.  Click here to see our summary of the bills introduced in this Congress targeting other wildlife that the best scientists tell us are endangered (below is a snapshot of the document).  Some, such as the Baca “DELIST” bill, would eliminate all protections for many of the most imperiled species in America.  Defenders will continue the fight to review and lobby against every one of these bills.

Click here for complete chart of ESA bills (excludes wolf-specific bills)

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