Letter: Congress: Hands off the Endangered Species Act

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To the Editor:

I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law.

The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, including the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon and the American alligator, and many more are on their way to recovery.

But now, some members of Congress are trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil and gas industry.

Protecting endangered species is important to me.

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We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards and protect imperiled wildlife and the special places they call home. Our senators must oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

If we don't act now, we will plummet into a third world country that is being overrun by corporate cronies that think nothing but of themselves and their almighty dollar. I already see our lands disappearing due to farming and housing expansions. We will all suffer in the end, if we don't speak up. There are too many people here and we are losing what made this country beautiful and that was our landscape and our animals and we are losing both at a rapid pace.

Stop these corporate cronies now.

Speak up!! We need the ESA!!

Laura Rudd,

Cambridge, New York


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