Biodiversity is essential for all life on earth, and the loss of one species in turn affects all other species. The world’s wildlife are vanishing at alarming rates thanks to the greed of man from poaching, the illegal wildlife trade, and human-wildlife conflict resulting from habitat loss. There are many organizations fighting the battle to save our planet’s endangered species, but a new bill in Congress could obstruct their efforts.
According to a petition on Care2 written by the African Wildlife Foundation, the new bill titled HR 2603 will remove protections of endangered wildlife outside of U.S. territory. This means the U.S. will be losing their global leadership position in the fight to save endangered species, including elephants, rhinos, and lions. The bill will also make it more difficult to arrest and prosecute poachers and other wildlife criminals, and it will loosen restrictions on the ivory trade.
This bill will affect humans directly as well. As the petition letter states, “If this bill goes through it will restrict protections of the Endangered Species Act to species native to North America. It will also reduce our ability to catch and punish wildlife criminals. This is particularly troubling as it is well established that profits from wildlife trafficking feed terrorism and rebel conflict – costing human lives and causing destabilization.”
If you are outraged by this backwards bill, then please take a moment to sign the petition and share with your friends and family to help gain more support for our planet’s endangered species.
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