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Congress launches broad assault on endangered species

September 7, 2011 Comments off

Congress launches broad assault on endangered species
Source: Defenders of Wildlife

When members of Congress return next week, they could consider at least 13 different legislative proposals to undercut endangered species protections, according to a comprehensive report released today by Defenders of Wildlife. Assault on Wildlife: The Endangered Species Act under attack details current legislative attacks on America’s plants and animals and assesses how each one would eviscerate wildlife conservation efforts. Existing proposals include:

  • rolling back vital safeguards for California’s precarious Bay Delta ecosystem,
  • making it easier for polluters to poison waterways with toxic pesticides, and
  • blocking protections for species on the brink of extinction such as the Mexican gray wolf.

Taken together, these attacks would undermine nearly four decades of success under the Endangered Species Act and go back on our nation’s commitment to preserving our wildlife heritage for future generations.

The new report also compiles campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and major agribusinesses for key members of Congress who have been leading the anti-wildlife crusade. A group of just nine legislators has collectively received more than $5.9 million throughout their careers from Big Oil and Big Ag, calling into question the motivation of their alleged “pro-business” agenda.

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