By Bethany Cotton
Wildlife Program Director
Reposted from WildEarth Guardians
A rider attached to the must-pass spending legislation blocks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adopting long-overdue protections for imperiled sage grouse, which are teetering on the brink of extinction.
Tell your Congressional Representatives: Never Again!
During happier times when Congress was wiser, the Endangered Species Act was specifically crafted to prevent politicians from playing games with native species on the brink of extinction. The Endangered Species Act explicitly removes politics from decision-making, and requires decisions be based on the best available science. The Act is the last hope for wildlife when local efforts fail to ensure their survival.
By preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from doing its job, this Congress took the fate of these imperiled charismatic western birds out of the hands of qualified biologists, subjecting them to the greed and shortsightedness of the oil & gas industry and its lobbyists. Both political parties are to blame: The Republican House drafted this anti-wildlife rider, but the Democratic Senate allowed it to get through.
Demand accountability today! Ask your representatives to explain whether they voted for or against this anti-wildlife legislation (and please follow up with a thank-you if they voted “no”). Tell them that you value wildlife and healthy lands and that Congressional attacks on our nation’s rarest and most imperiled wildlife are unacceptable.
This crisis of conscience by the U.S. Congress demands a nationwide response. Please circulate this alert widely to your friends who love wildlife.
For the wild,
Top photo: Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons / “This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.” / A male Sage Grouse
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