|URGE YOUR U.S. REPS TO OPPOSE THE THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES AND RECOVERY ACT OF 2005 (aka Extinction Act)|
|Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) has submitted an amendment to the Endangered Species Act (aka Extinction Act; H.R. 3824) that would severely limit its ability to preserve key species and calls for the Act’s repeal in 2015. The title of the Amendment, Threatened and Endangered Species and Recovery Act of 2005, is quite deceptive in that it appears to protect endangered animals when in fact it severely curtails protections. The Act makes the government’s responsibility for helping species recover from near-extinction an option rather than a requirement. It also removes protections for endangered species in countries outside the US, eliminates independent governmental review and oversight and gives the Secretary of the Interior the power to reject federal scientists’ findings if their recommended actions conflict with governmental regulations. Please contact your federal Representative and urge him or her to OPPOSE the Threatened and Endangered Species and Recovery Act of 2005. (Information provided by In Defense of Animals).
Unfortunately this bill passed the U.S. House and Katherine Harris, Florida gubernatorial candidate for 2006 voted in favor of this bill. Please write to Representative Harris and tell her Florida will not elect a governor who does not care about the environment. On the positive side, this bill has yet to be introduced or passed in the Senate, meaning it can still be prevented from becoming law. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose any bill which limits the effect of the Endangered Species Act.