Name: Proposed Federal Regulations Undermining the Endangered Species Act
On July 19, three separate changes were proposed to federal
regulations that would lessen the protections to animals under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended.
Federal laws, such as the ESA, are passed by Congress and
can only be amended by another Act of Congress. When laws are proposed, members
of the public reach out to elected officials to make their voice heard.
Regulations, which contain the details of how laws will be
implemented, are proposed by government agencies—which is a function of the
Executive branch of government—to implement, modify or reinterpret a law after
that law is established. In the case of the ESA, the Department of Interior is
responsible, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for implementing the
laws as they pertain to land animals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) implements the law
affecting with marine plants and animals.
To summarize, the proposed changes to the Endangered Species
Three separate proposed rules were published and await public
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Save the Endangered Species Act from Endangerment
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to withdraw from consideration proposed rulemaking that will undermine the good work of the Endangered Species Act. The provisions introduced on July 19, 2018 would lessen the protections offered by the ESA for both endangered and threatened species and their critical habitats.Decades of work and millions of dollars have been spent on ensuring that imperiled wildlife do not become extinct in the U.S. There have been many successes to these efforts, most prominently the recovery of the American Bald Eagle. These efforts worked because the ESA offered protection and support to critical habitat protection, and to recovery efforts to bring animals back from the brink of extinction.The proposed rules clearly put the interests of business development ahead of the interests of wildlife. The American people, who comprise a majority of stakeholders in the issue of wildlife preservation, strongly support efforts to preserve species, and not to abandon the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that has proven so successful in this respect. Your position as Secretary of Interior brings with it a responsibility to preserve and protect our country and its resources. These proposed rules do neither. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]