Survival shouldn’t be a race against the clock for gray wolves and other endangered species. But Congress is considering legislation that would put a 5-year deadline on recovery for endangered animals, before exposing them to hunting and habitat destruction.

We know that the planet is a better, more magical place with wild animals like gray wolves, grizzly bears, and otters. Preventing extinction is worth our effort and patience, and it doesn’t happen on arbitrary political deadlines.

Please send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper telling them that you think we should keep the Endangered Species Act as strong as possible. You can submit through your local paper's website, or use the tool at the bottom of this page. Most newspapers will accept letters up to 150 words in length.

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  • Survival shouldn’t be a race against the clock for gray wolves and other endangered species.

  • Did you know that since the Endangered Species Act was passed, 98% of species listed as endangered have survived? Without it, we wouldn’t have bald eagles today – but they were listed as endangered for 40 years. Humpback whales needed Endangered Species Act protections for 36 years, and peregrine falcons for 29 years.

  • Nature doesn’t follow political deadlines, and that’s why Senate Bill 935 and House Resolution 2134 are so dangerous. These bills would take every single animal off the Endangered Species list after just 5 years. Even worse, the proposed law blocks any review by the courts.

  • We're already in the middle of the worst extinction crisis in 65 million years. It's absurd that some members of Congress want to tell wolves and other species that they only have 5 years to recover, or else we won't help them.

  • The proposed legislation would take every single animal off the Endangered Species list after 5 years, unless Congress voted to put them back on. Protections for any newly endangered animals would require Congressional approval, turning each decision into a political football.

  • Even worse, the proposed law blocks any review by the courts, and state governors would get to unilaterally decide whether endangered species would even be protected within their borders. Right now, more than a thousand endangered species are only found in one state – meaning a single person would be able to decide if they go extinct or not.

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