The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department’s (FWS) recent proposal to modify and streamline the Endangered Species Act has been met with mixed reactions.
Animal rights groups and protectionist groups are screaming “foul,” while conservation and wildlife management-oriented organizations are supporting the move.
SCI issued a statement in support of the FWS proposal. “Today’s announcement ushers in a major move forward for the FWS. At long last, we have leadership that recognizes the importance of flexibility in the conservation of federally listed wildlife and the recognition that different approaches, including sustainable use, can be used to recover and sustain the world’s wildlife,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.
Many species have been brought back from the brink of extinction by sound wildlife management practices, including hunting.
The chart below was produced by SCI for the “2018 SCI Lobby Day.” It was distributed to members of Congress and their staff aides.