Secretary Zinke has repeatedly attacked our nation’s wildlife and most precious wild lands since his appointment. Americans take pride in our natural heritage, and laws like the Endangered Species Act that protect wildlife, habitat and vital natural resources. We will not quietly stand by while the interests of industry are prioritized above our national commitment to protect and preserve our environment.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
WASHINGTON,
31
October
2017
|
10:00 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Department of the Interior’s “Top 10 Priorities”

Defenders of Wildlife recently obtained a copy of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s “Top 10 Priorities” for his department and today released an analysis of them. While the priorities purport to foster responsive, progressive government to protect our land, air, water and wildlife, all ten are entirely disconnected from the Department of the Interior’s actions to date.

Here is a comparison of the dichotomy between the Department's actions and its stated priorities.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement:

“Secretary Zinke has repeatedly attacked our nation’s wildlife and most precious wild lands since his appointment. Americans take pride in our natural heritage, and laws like the Endangered Species Act that protect wildlife, habitat and vital natural resources. We will not quietly stand by while the interests of industry are prioritized above our national commitment to protect and preserve our environment.”

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.