Endangered Species Act in Danger

Two weeks ago I wrote about the Endangered Species Act, specifically how the Act saved the long-nosed bat in the Southwest of the United States. GOP leaders in Congress are considering repealing this act which has been in place since 1973. This means animals and plants currently protected are in danger of extinction if their habitats are opened up for use.

http://www.ecowatch.com/gut-endangered-species-act-2261617185.html

Many animals in the US have been saved by the ESA, including our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. In 1963, the Bald Eagle was down to 487 mating pairs due to the use of DDT as a pesticide. The species was in danger of extinction. In 2007 the Bald Eagle was removed from the protected list as the species has recovered with 4,215 pairs in the wild. Without this government intervention, we may have lost our national symbol. Once an animal is extinct, it cannot be recovered.

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http://www.livescience.com/54707-endangered-species-act.html

You can help! Below I have links to petitions you can sign.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/do-not-repeal-and-replace?source=s.tw&r_by=1458934

https://www.change.org/p/protect-the-endangered-species-act?recruiter=3571451

Also please call or write your representatives in congress to know you support the Environmental Species Act.

Find your representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

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