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Our state’s endangered species, like the Indiana bat and the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, need to be around for my daughters to learn from and enjoy. Just like the Bald Eagle, and the peregrine falcons that nest here in Indianapolis, those species deserve to be restored, thanks to the Endangered Species Act.
But sadly, America’s most successful conservation law is currently under attack in Congress. Just recently, senators advanced a bill that would remove protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes region and undermine our right as citizens to go to court to protect endangered species. Currently, only the best available science can be used to determine a species protected status, and that’s how it should remain, instead of being left up to Congress as some there suggest. There’s even a proposal on the table to eliminate endangered status for every single species protected by the Endangered Species Act, only to return to protected status again with a joint resolution of Congress! Still other attacks aim to dismantle the ESA, leaving only the states to protect endangered species. That won’t work in a state like Indiana, with only one full time non-game wildlife biologist for the entire state, and zero protections for pollinators and native plants.
It is important that Hoosiers speak up right now, [since Senator Joe Donnelly and Senator Todd Young have returned to Washington, D.C. to vote] on these matters. Please contact them now and tell them not to support any weakening changes to the Endangered Species Act.
Kristie M. Carter, concerned citizen and mother