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Victory! House Defeats Extinction Rider

Victory! House Defeats Extinction Rider

 

The U.S. House of Representatives voted not to include the “extinction rider” in the Interior Appropriations bill, which would have been a major blow to endangered species and prevented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from including new species for protection under the Endangered Species Act or designating critical habitat, despite having more than 250 species on the waiting list.

The House voted 224-202 in favor of Norman Dicks’ (D-WA) amendment to remove the rider, which was co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI).

“The extinction rider would have been a disaster for hundreds of animals and plants across the country that desperately need the help of the Endangered Species Act to survive,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Today’s vote is a promising sign for wolverines, walruses and species in all 50 states that, without help, face the very real prospect of extinction.”

The ESA, which was enacted in 1973, has provided critical protection and allowed for the recovery efforts for species who might not otherwise be around today, such as the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and Florida panther, while others have been waiting years for inclusion as their populations dwindle. With this provision removed, the FWS will be able to do its job and protect imperiled species.

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9:39AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Bella notizia.

11:39PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

yay!the good guys won for once...

5:48PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Great news.

2:40AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

wonderful way to start the day

10:55AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

congrats.

8:05PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

12:10PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Victories sometimes come in one step at a time!

7:26AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Really good news!

5:18PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

sorry for the mistake, it's of course "as endangered species".

5:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

When will they include in endangered species the wolves they took off from this list to please Republicans for budget. And when will they include polar bears are endangered species.

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