The Endangered Species Act is the United States’ most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. It allows for flexibility in protecting endangered wildlife and requires that federal agencies work together with state, tribal, and local officials to prevent extinction.
According to the latest scientific studies, we are currently facing a sixth mass extinction. Now is not the time to weaken the Endangered Species Act, but dozens of bills over the past couple of years have been introduced aimed at dismantling it.
Since the ESA’s enactment, 99 percent of listed species have avoided extinction, including the iconic American bald eagle and the Florida manatee. Even though it is dramatically underfunded, the ESA has seen such remarkable success because it relies on the best-available scientific data to make listing decisions and empowers citizens to participate in and ensure adequate implementation of the law.
The ESA is our nation’s strongest defense against extinction. Tell Congress to defend and protect the Endangered Species Act so that it can continue working to save our nation’s remaining plants, fish, and wildlife from extinction.