Defend Our Most Powerful Wildlife Law

The Center for Biological Diversity just released a groundbreaking scientific report analyzing the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. It's an in-depth review of 110 animals and plants from all 50 states, which clearly shows that the Act's powerful protections have put our nation's most imperiled species on the road to recovery.

The study concludes that 90 percent of these species are on time for recovery. Species like the California least tern, San Miguel Island fox, black-footed ferret, El Segundo blue butterfly (pictured) and Atlantic green sea turtle have seen their populations increase by more than 2,000 percent since they were granted protection under the Act.

The Act is the most powerful species-conservation tool there is -- yet it comes under constant attack from right-wing politicians who claim it's a failure.

Ask your senators to become strong supporters of the Endangered Species Act, help defend the Act and the endangered wildlife it protects.
SUBJECT:

Dear Senator,

I am writing to urge you to become a strong defender of the Endangered Species Act. The Act is the most powerful tool available to fight extinction and has been 99 percent successful at preventing the extinction of the species it protects.

A new report -- On Time, On Target: How the Endangered Species Act Is Saving America's Wildlife -- analyzes the recovery status of 110 protected species from around the country and demonstrates that the powerful protections of the Act are effectively putting our nation's most endangered species on the road to recovery. The study compares the actual recovery rates of 110 species with the projected recovery rates in their federal recovery plans and concludes that 90 percent of species are recovering at the specified rate.

Some legislators claim that the Act doesn't work, but this claim is simply false, unsupported by science. Critics claim that the Act is a failure because more species haven't recovered enough to be delisted. The truth is that most endangered species simply haven't had enough time to recover to that point. The new report shows that 80 percent of species have not yet been protected long enough to reach their expected recovery goals. On average, species have been protected for a mere 32 years, but are not expected to recover for 46 years based on projections by federal scientists. Many species are well along the road to recovery.

The Endangered Species Act is moving dozens of species that were once on the very brink of extinction toward full recovery. Species like the California least tern, San Miguel Island fox, black-footed ferret, El Segundo blue butterfly and Atlantic green sea turtle have seen their populations increase by more than 2,000 percent since they were protected.

The ESA works, and this effective law needs the support of senators who understand the importance of preserving our nation's most endangered wildlife for future generations. I urge you to defend the Endangered Species Act from legislative attempts to weaken it -- keep it strong so that it can continue to safeguard our nation's wildlife.

Thank you.
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