amendments would undermine protections for individual species like
wolves and tear away at the very fabric of the law by limiting citizens’
ability to enforce essential protections of the Endangered Species Act
(ESA) in court.
There are three amendments in particular that must be defeated:
The "let’s throw wolves under the bus" amendment
– would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes. We’ve
seen what delisting looks like in Wyoming, where it was open season on
wolves every day of the year in 80% of the state before the courts put a
stop to it;
The "leave bats in the dust" amendment
– would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting the
highly imperiled northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under
the Endangered Species Act; and
The "forget your day in court" amendment
– tries to block citizens from going to court to hold the government
accountable when it does not properly enforce the ESA. This amendment
would bar recovery of legal fees otherwise available under the law and
allow local governments to veto a federal court’s decision to enforce
the law with regard to certain species.
the past year alone, anti-wildlife forces have introduced over 90
legislative measures aimed at crippling America’s commitment to
restoring and protecting imperiled wildlife.