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Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
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.

September 29, 2015

A strong majority of Indiana residents support the Endangered Species Act and believe decisions about which imperiled species should or should not be protected under the act 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.

September 29, 2015
Canada Lynx, © Jean Pierre Grosemans

A strong majority of Colorado residents support the Endangered Species Act and believe 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 the current 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 listed species

September 29, 2015
least tern, © Jessica Kirste

A strong majority of Missouri residents support the Endangered Species Act and believe 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.

September 28, 2015

Today, Congressman Grijalva (D- AZ) and ninety-one other members of Congress submitted a letter to the Obama administration urging it to steadfastly reject all riders that undermine the Endangered Species Act, including those weakening or blocking protections for specific imperiled species as it negotiates final FY 2016 spending legislation with Congress this fall.

September 25, 2015
elephants, © Claudio Bacinello

The United States and China have announced that they will join forces in efforts to combat climate change and wildlife trafficking in both countries.

September 22, 2015

A judge last Friday upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to end its program that relocated California sea otters from a significant portion of southern California coastal waters, important to the survival of the species, to an island off the coast with the goal of creating a second healthy population. As a part of this program, the Fish and Wildlife Service created a “no-otter zone” in response to complaints from fishermen that moving otters to a new location could interfere with their fishing activities. The “no-otter zone” provision removed the sea otters from their natural habitat and gave fishing groups exemptions from Endangered Species Act protections.

September 22, 2015

Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced sweeping decisions with far-reaching consequences for the imperiled greater sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and hundreds of fish and wildlife that depend on this vital landscape.

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