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Senate Hearing on the Endangered Species Act

Despite its success and public support, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday to examine ways to overhaul the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo), chairman of the committee, says his focus is “eliminating a lot of the red tape and the bureaucratic burdens that have been impacting our ability to create jobs.”

It’s important to note that beyond being a co-sponsor of the “War on Wolves Act” (legislation aimed to allow trophy hunting of wolves to resume in 4 states while taking away citizens’ ability to challenge that decision), Sen. Barrasso has voted against the ESA and endangered species protections at every opportunity since 2011.

Science has concluded that we have entered an unprecedented period of climate change and human-caused Sixth Mass extinction. As conservationists in the 21st century, we face the growing challenge of helping imperiled species heal and flourish and supporting biodiversity for future generations, not dismantling the cornerstone of our nation’s conservation law.

While Congressional leaders and lobbyists have spoken for major corporations and special interests, your individual voice as a voting American counts just as much.

Please urge your Congressional representatives to oppose any legislation that takes aim at the ESA and imperiled wildlife!