President Trump: Do Not End Protections for Hundreds of Threatened Species

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Do not eliminate rule granting protections to nearly 300 threatened species, who will otherwise face the risk of extinction.

Almost 300 species classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act may lose their protections entirely if a proposed rule submitted by the U.S. Department of the Interior passes. Targeted species include southern sea otters, northern spotted owls, piping plovers, red knots, Yosemite toads, delta smelt, Santa Catalina Island foxes, and gopher tortoises. This proposed rule would affect mammals, birds, fish, and plants throughout the entire country, and would therefore be sure to have dire consequences.

The rule seeks to undo vital regulations that have been in place for 40 years, which grant these severely threatened species with the same level of protection as those on the Endangered Species List. Protections can only be loosened for any of these species if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deems it warranted. However, Endangered Species Director of the Center for Biological Diversity Noah Greenwald says if this new rule is enacted, it “could be the end for iconic wildlife like the northern spotted owl and southern sea otter. Trump is erasing America’s natural heritage to make his friends richer and allow polluters to ravage our environment.” He says, “The Trump administration just issued a death sentence to nearly 300 threatened species.” Sign below to demand that this wildlife be saved.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

The almost 300 threatened species of wildlife across the country that are currently afforded the same level as protections as those listed as endangered must remain protected. Iconic animals like the southern sea otter and northern spotted owl are two of many that will face extinction if the new rule proposed by the Department of the Interior is enacted and their protections are lost. The consequences of this proposed rule are dire and must not be allowed to occur.

As Noah Greenwald, the endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, states, “If these critical protections for threatened species are eliminated, Trump will go down in history as the extinction president. This administration’s assault on critical safeguards for our air, water, and wildlife is not supported by the American public. It threatens to undo decades of progress towards improving the health of the environment for people and wildlife alike.” I urge you not to allow this to happen. Please preserve the crucial decades-old regulations protecting these threatened species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Pacific Region

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8 Comments

  1. Derinda Nilsson says:

    It would be really a nice thing to do to save these animals MR. TRUMP!!! Please don’t let them go to extinction. We have more than enough suffering in world of animals.

  2. Elle Newman says:

    The “threatened” category is designated for species on their way to endangered (close to extinct) if not protected.
    By eliminating this rule, those protections are erased, meaning that hundreds more species will slide to the brink of extinction before receiving last minute help that may or may not save them.
    Proper conservation means preventing that from happening. This rule is utterly reckless and will impoverish us all of beautiful, beloved animals and plants, all so a handful of wealthy individuals can get wealthier.

  3. MUST KEEP THE WILDLIFE PROTECTED NOW.

  4. Stephen Brown says:

    Please think of our nation’s future and all of the wildlife you will be saving from unnecessary extinction. As humans we have a responsibility to protect the other species on the planet, not let them be hunted until they die out. Please do the right thing and keep these protections in place.

  5. Patricia Kat Wrangler Welch says:

    There was a good reason the Endangered Species Act was initiated. We knew then that something had to be done – screw the people who wanted to hunt animals to extinction. They should take up knitting. In these 40 years, we’ve brought species back from the brink. Do not let them die now.

    If you allow the ESA to be gutted, you WILL go down as the most destructive president ever. We all know you have a mind of your own, but in this case you can’t allow this to happen. Please understand how important the ESA is.

    If you want to Make/KEEP America Great, you’ll keep ALL of our country safe from money-hungry idiots who can’t see the forest for the trees. All they see is lumber, and dollars.

  6. Bartley Deason says:

    “The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures and when his heart aches with longing he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the WATER? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness?”
    -Chief Dan George (1899-1981)

  7. I voted for you, Mr. Trump. I am more likely to befriend an animal than a person. They are honest! They are dependable! Are you? Quit destroying our planet! The animals and land are what will keep us alive.

  8. What wonderful comments! All make the points necessary to understand what is happening to our world. I beg you to use your power to save the voiceless innocents. Stand up for them and show other leaders how to lead.

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