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Court Hears Arguments on Whether EPA Must Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

Center for Biological Diversity

Court Hears Arguments on Whether EPA Must Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

Black-footed ferretA federal district court in San Francisco heard arguments Friday in the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect endangered species from the harmful chemicals in pesticides. The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network are challenging the EPA’s failure to assess the impacts of hundreds of pesticides on more than 200 endangered and threatened species, including Florida panthers, California condors, piping plovers and black-footed ferrets.

“We’re trying to make sure the EPA does its legal and moral duty to make sure harmful chemicals aren’t sprayed in the same places where these vulnerable wild animals are trying to survive,” said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate with the Center.

A series of lawsuits by the Center and allies has forced the agency to consult on the impacts of scores of pesticides on endangered species, mostly in California; the current suit is the first with a nationwide scope. The presiding judge told attorneys he was initially inclined to grant the EPA’s motion to dismiss the suit, but after hearing arguments from both sides Friday, including from the Center’s Collette Adkins Giese, the judge said his ruling wouldn’t be issued anytime soon.

Read more in The Washington Post.

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We Can’t Let the Wolf Recovery Slip Away

Keep Endangered Species Act Protections for Gray Wolves

Gray wolves have been in the federal government’s crosshairs for years, but the latest proposal the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering is the most drastic anti-wolf policy yet. If the plan goes forward, nearly every Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in the contiguous 48 states would be gone.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were desperate to get more wolves in the wild. These predators serve an incredibly important role in western ecosystems, keeping other wildlife in check. Restoring wolves to Yellowstone in the 1990s restored balance to the ecosystem.

But once wolves started recovering, it didn’t take long for anti-wolf activists to start chipping away at their protections. As wolves lost federal protections, states have started allowing wolf hunting with quotas so high they could wipe out entire populations. We’ve worked so hard to ensure wolves have a place in the wild. We can’t let it all go to waste.

Tell the Obama Administration to abandon all plans to withdraw protections for gray wolves.

Thank you for taking action,

Emily V.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

I got this in email and thought it worth sharing-it boggles the mind and the heart that some people really don’t mind exterminating an entire species from the face of the Earth for either their convenience or their misconceptions. We can only hope that the growing awareness and perspective Shift going on will drag enough people into common sense before it is too late.

I don’t understand why people can’t get over that whole “humans are the only thing that counts” attitude, and learn to live with other parts of nature, indeed become the functioning *part* of nature we once were and should be. We don’t need to kill off (ie eliminate)other creatures to survive, indeed we may ensure our own extinction best by increasing the extinction of other species! :-/