The Endangered Species Act, passed in 1972, requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain a list of threatened and endangered species and develop and implement recovery plans for them.
The public strongly supports protecting America's wildlife. A Time/CNN poll last fall found that 63 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Independents oppose reducing protections for endangered species.
Yet anti-wildlife forces in Congress are bent on gutting the ESA. Bills introduced in 1995 would severely weaken current law and slash ESA funding by nearly 20 percent.
To take action: Urge President Clinton to veto any budget bills that slash funding for the Endangered Species Act; urge your members of Congress to oppose any bills that weaken the law.
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