The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a groundbreaking report, On Time, On Target: How the Endangered Species Act Is Saving America’s Wildlife, a powerful new review of the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act.
The report provides an in-depth look at 110 protected species from all 50 states — from whales and sea turtles to foxes and whooping cranes — to determine how well the Act is working across the country.
The results are stunning: 90 percent of the studied species are recovering right on time to meet recovery goals set by federal scientists.
The study is a potent rebuke of recent critiques by right-wing politicians who deem the Act a failure. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The Center found that, again and again, wildlife and plants from every corner of the country are being saved from extinction and placed squarely on the road to recovery by the Endangered Species Act.
You can check out species in your area on this new interactive regional map of the 110 species.
Ultimately, the report should transform our national conversation about the strength and success of the Endangered Species Act, giving the Act solid protection from those who want to tear it down.
This is a great moment for all of us who care deeply for endangered plants and animals,so please sign the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition and ask your senators to support the Endangered Species Act.
On the next pages, you can find some highlights of species who have been saved by the Act, or you can read the full report at www.ESAsuccess.org and share this important step forward on Facebook and Twitter.
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Photo credits: American alligator and island fox photos courtesy National Park Service, Black-footed ferret by Randy Matchett, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, California least tern courtesy Flickr Commons/USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
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