Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a measure to strip the 2012 Interior funding bill of the aptly named Extinction Rider. This measure was introduced by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI). The proposal would have devastated wildlife and drastically undermined the Endangered Species Act.
Thankfully, 224 Members of Congress voted to protect the Endangered Species Act. However, 202 voted to put hundreds of species such as Pacific walruses, wolverines and Rio Grande cutthroat trout on the fast-track to extinction.
When it comes to endangered species protection, it’s important to let our voices be heard–whether they are voices of thanks or voices of condemnation. We want all threatened and endangered species, from wolves to birds, to be protected.
How did your Member of Congress vote? You can find out on the Endangered Species Coalition’s website here. If your Representative voted for wildlife, thank them. Let them know you support their decision to protect endangered species.
If they voted in favor of big money special interests, let them know that you’ll be following their votes and that you expect more from them.
Find out how your Representative voted and send them a message here.