Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
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.

October 8, 2015
Elephant, © Kelsey Schwenk

H.R. 2406 passed through the House Natural Resources Committee markup today includes provisions undermining efforts to help save the African elephant.

October 8, 2015
Wolf, © Larry Travis

In advance of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Friday meeting to evaluate what level of protection is warranted as wolves continue to recover in Oregon, Defenders of Wildlife today cautioned that moving too quickly to eliminate state endangered species act protections could reverse the positive trends underway in wolf restoration and recolonization.

October 5, 2015

As part of today’s historic announcement that the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) have concluded, the Obama administration announced the inclusions of provisions designed to help combat wildlife trafficking and conserve marine species.

October 1, 2015

Today the House passed the final text of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was agreed to by House and Senate negotiators which dropped language that was a direct attack on imperiled wildlife and the laws that protect them. In a major win for wildlife conservation groups, the final bill dropped damaging provisions from the House that would have blocked or removed protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for sage-grouse and two other imperiled species. House bill language that would have stripped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of primary jurisdiction over 800,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada was similarly removed from the final bill. The bill voted on today is likely to be vetoed by President Obama but for reasons that are unrelated to the wildlife conservation measures struck from the bill.

September 29, 2015

Three-quarters of Montana residents support the Endangered Species Act and a strong majority also believes that that decisions about which imperiled species should or should not be protected under the law should be made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, not by members of Congress, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. These poll results arrive even as this Congress has been flooded with more than 80 bills, amendments, and riders, including numerous provisions in the funding bills for the Department of the Interior and other agencies, designed to weaken the act or remove protections for specific species.