The U.S. Departments of Interior and Commerce have recently proposed new rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act. The proposed rules eviscerate fundamental conservation tools that effectively protect habitat for endangered species and support their recovery. At least 14 species in greater Chicago – including the Indiana bat, Rusty patched bumble bee, and Karner blue butterfly – have benefitted from ESA protections that are now at risk.
Click here to ask your elected Members of Congress to reject any effort to reduce endangered species protections. Click here to sign the Shedd Aquarium’s petition to tell the Departments of Interior and Commerce to withdraw rules that cut protections for threatened and endangered species.
More information on the proposed changes can be found in this Chicago Sun-Times opinion article co-authored by the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo.