Name: Federal Regulations Undermining the Endangered Species Act
On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
(FWS) announced the implementation of new federal regulations that would lessen
the protections to animals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973.
Regulations, which contain the details of how laws will be
implemented, are proposed by government agencies in order to implement, modify
or reinterpret a law after that law is established. The Department of Interior
is responsible for regulating the ESA, and in this case the FWS implements laws
as they pertain to land animals and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) implements the law
affecting with marine plants and animals.
The proposed regulatory changes to the ESA would:
Despite substantial negative feedback received by the FWS during a
mandatory public comment period, the agency has moved forward with adoption of
new regulations. These regulations will substantially change how the ESA is
administered and will reduce the basic protections given to its listed species.
Please contact your U.S. legislators and ask them to act quickly to
restore protections of the ESA to protect endangered and threatened species
from extinction before these damaging new rules are applied to ESA listed
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Save the Endangered Species Act from Further Endangerment
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to draft new protections for endangered and threatened species, because of new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) rulemaking that will undermine the successful administration of the Endangered Species Act. The new regulations, adopted on August 12, 2019, 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 as a result of these efforts, most prominently the recovery of the American bald eagle. These efforts worked because the ESA offered protection and support to 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. This is contrary to the wishes of the American people, who comprise the majority of stakeholders in the issue of wildlife preservation. Moreover, these regulations subvert the basic protections guaranteed by the ESA, making changes to the law through regulatory measures. These changes have been rejected by the U.S. Congress in the past. This re-writing of the law through regulatory measures therefore subverts not only the basic protections guaranteed by the ESA, but also the will of Congress and the American people. I urge you to please act quickly to draft legislation that reverses the FWS's new regulations. Their overreach is attempting to fundamentally change a very successful law, and in the process endangers the very existence of plant and animal species nearing extinction.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]