New Regulations Would Weaken Endangered Species Act

July 19, 2018

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announced new proposed regulations weakening the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) ability to protect threatened and endangered species from extinction, including the rescission of the blanket 4(d) rule that immediately provides critical protections to species when they are listed as “threatened.”

“The Endangered Species Act is the United States’ most effective tool to save species,” said WCS Executive Vice President John Calvelli in a statement, “having effectively prevented the extinction of 99 percent of listed species to date.”

“The regulatory changes proposed today are a transparent effort to weaken ESA,” he added, “by simply putting up roadblocks in front of effective management and creating unnecessary bureaucracy, with the final result putting threatened species in more peril.”

“WCS strongly supports existing law that states that decisions on whether to list or delist a species should be based on the best available scientific information. We are concerned that the proposed changes will enable other considerations to influence decisions. We cannot condone the dilution of the role of science."

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