Thank you for contacting me regarding your support the Endangered Species Act. I appreciate your thoughts on this important issue.
As you may know, the Endangered Species Act was enacted to increase protection for, and to provide for the recovery of, vanishing wildlife and vegetation. Under ESA, species of plants and animals can be listed as endangered or threatened according to assessments of their risk of extinction. Once a species is listed, powerful legal tools are available to aid its recovery and protect its habitat.
Under the ESA, species are to be listed as threatened or endangered based solely on the best available scientific information, without regard to economic considerations. In many cases, species are protected as subspecies located in only a specific portion of their range – which is why many types of salmon are protected even while salmon is available for our consumption. In the past, the Obama Administration had delisted some wolves from the protections of the Endangered Species Act, allowing them to be hunted.
Congress is faced with the task of balancing these competing interests by protecting wildlife and permitting economic activity and use of lands on which certain wildlife is found. Rest assured that I will keep your support for the ESA in mind should any related legislation come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.
As the 115th Congress addresses the many challenges facing our nation, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and concerns. To keep up with my work in Congress, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, or visit my website at mcsally.house.gov where you can sign up to receive my e-newsletter. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. Please continue contacting my office regarding issues that you feel are important to you and Southern Arizona.
Member of Congress