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April
25,
2018
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Attorney Jane Davenport will testify at a hearing titled “Enhancing the Marine Mammal Protections Act.”
April
20,
2018
Today the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico took action to expand the refuge area for the critically-endangered vaquita in the Gulf of California.
April
20,
2018
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people and spilled more than 210 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. All told, more than 1 million birds, at least 1,000 bottle-nosed
April
19,
2018
Today, U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and 62 of his colleagues sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to suspend a concerning new interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) exempting industries from
Endangered Mexican gray wolf population remained flat in new countopens in new window
The endangered Mexican gray wolf population leveled off in 2017 after showing stronger growth the year before.
22
Feb
2018
www.azcentral.com
Zinke advances road through Alaska wildlife refugeopens in new window
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a land-transfer deal Monday to allow Alaska to build a road through a federal wildlife refuge in the southwestern part of the state.
23
Jan
2018
thehill.com
Conservation groups sue to protect right whalesopens in new window
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. “The law is clear,” said Jane Davenport, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, one of the plaintiffs. “The federal government must act, and act immediately, to save the right whale from extinction.”
19
Jan
2018
www.capecodtimes.com
Trump plan for oil drilling off coast ripped by Florida leaders-in both partiesopens in new window
“Offshore drilling is a dirty business,” Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark said in a statement. “Even when there is no major catastrophe, marine wildlife is devastated by routine spills, air pollution, seismic blasting and other fallout from industrial oil and gas development in our oceans.”
19
Jan
2018
www.miamiherald.com
Powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close.opens in new window
The congressman who said he “would love to invalidate” the Endangered Species Act is closing in on his goal. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the law piece by piece. Many Republicans on the panel say the proposals are necessary changes that would modernize the 1973 law. Democrats and conservationists say the bills would whittle away the law’s ability to save wildlife from extinction.
09
Nov
2017
www.washingtonpost.com