Petition to the Departments of the Interior and Commerce
We, the undersigned, oppose the revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service.
We believe that the proposed changes will weaken the ESA and actually harm wildlife in the long run. We ask you to withdraw the proposed changes and instead fully enforce the law and fund recovery efforts for endangered species.
The ESA is the most effective law in the country for protecting wildlife threatened with extinction. It has prevented more than 99 percent of listed species from going extinct including hawksbill sea turtles, coho salmon, and humpback whales.
The proposed regulations would:
- Make it easier to remove a species currently on the list of endangered species;
- Make it more difficult to list a new species for protection;
- Weaken safeguards for critical habitats where these animals live; and
- No longer require federal agencies to consult with scientists and wildlife agencies before approving permits for activities such as oil and gas drilling.