Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
November 17, 2015
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

over 150 conservation groups have signed a letter to the President asking him to oppose riders that would undermine the Endangered Species Act

November 13, 2015
red wolf, © B. Bartel/USFWS

Conservation groups filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal actions including authorizing the killing of a breeding female red wolf in a population of only 50-75 red wolves in the wild. The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its part of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the BLM Land Use Plan Amendment’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

November 9, 2015
Wolf, ©  Petra Mann

Defenders of Wildlife says the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision today to remove state endangered species protections for wolves is premature and would likely lead to slowed or stopped wolf recovery in the state. No other species has been removed from the state’s endangered species list with a population of fewer than 100 individuals statewide or when they were still absent from a significant portion of their historic range.

November 6, 2015
white house, © Cezary P.

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama rejected TransCanada Corp.’s request to build the Keystone pipeline, a milestone victory in the fight for conserving America’s wildlife and natural resources.

November 5, 2015

The New Zealand government has released details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement made among twelve Pacific Rim nations.

November 5, 2015

Today, Senator Booker (D- N.J) and Senator Boxer (D-Calif.) and 23 other senators submitted a letter to the Obama administration urging it to steadfastly reject all legislative proposals or amendments known as “riders” that undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Over a dozen have been proposed or added as riders to the 2016 House and Senate bills funding the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies and, with a Continuing Resolution funding the government set to expire on December 11, the administration will soon begin negotiating final 2016 spending legislation with Congress.

November 3, 2015
white house, © Cezary P.

WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama administration and the Department of the Interior released a presidential memorandum and new policy, respectively, reinforcing their commitment to addressing the effects of development on wildlife.

November 2, 2015
elephants, © Marta Elmasry

Bipartisan legislation promises to help protect imperiled wildlife and crack down on wildlife poaching and trafficking

October 13, 2015

Defenders of Wildlife has released a new report on the illegal wildlife trade between Latin America and the U.S. and steps for addressing it.