In true keeping with the intent not to let any crisis go to waste the House Interior Appropriations Bill saw fit to include extremist language -- known as the Extinction Rider -- that would allow wolverines, walruses and hundreds of other animals and plants to spiral toward extinction.
The terrible Interior Appropriations Bill is headed to the floor of the House of Representatives. Among many other anti-conservation provisions, the Extinction Rider contained in this bill would prevent new protections under the Endangered Species Act for animals at risk of extinction. More specifically, the Extinction Rider would prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from spending any money on listing new plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), designating critical habitat, or upgrading species from threatened to endangered.
For nearly 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected our most vulnerable animals and plants from the tragedy of extinction. Now, extremists in Congress are playing politics with our national treasures.
This is not a spending issue. It is an issue of destroying America's promise to protect our struggling wildlife and wild places for the benefit of corporate polluters, Big Oil and other special interests.
Fortunately, Congressmen Norm Dicks (WA) and Mike Thompson (CA) have offered a vital amendment that would remove the Extinction Rider from the Interior Appropriations Bill -- and a vote could come as early as Monday July 25th, 2011.
Urge your U.S. representative to stand up for struggling wildlife and wild places by eliminating the Extinction Rider.
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