Legislative attacks threaten Endangered Species Act

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Oil and gas industries are behind these attacks on the Endangered Species Act. Read the following news article fromhttp://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/27/legislative-attacks-threaten-endangered-species-act.htmlAn increasing number of bills and legislation ‘riders’ are aimed at undermining wildlife protection July 27, 2015 5:00AM ET

by Natasja Sheriff

The Endangered Species Act is under increased attack by lawmakers, conservationists say, with a slew of legislation proposed this year — including dozens of budget riders tacked onto unrelated bills — aimed at restricting wildlife protection.

The act protects more than 1,500 plant and animal species in the U.S. and over 650 foreign species, saving many from the brink of extinction, but activists says the act itself is now under threat from conservative politicians backed by the oil and gas lobby.
“The sheer number of bills attacking the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are definitely up quite a bit,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for…

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