Derek Goldman, Northern Rockies representative for the Endangered Species Coalition, a national network of hundreds of groups that support species conservation, today blasted new legislation proposed by two Idaho senators and one Idaho congressman to amend the Endangered Species Act. “This is case of politicians using a single, rare and unfortunate incident to pander to extremists who want to undermine common-sense protections for wildlife," Goldman said. "This is simply political grandstanding by politicians who want to weaken laws that protect our wildlife and wildlife habitat for future generations of Americans.” Click below for his full statement.
Statement of Endangered Species Coalition Northern Rockies Representative Derek Goldman on the Crapo, Risch, Labrador Grizzly bear bill introduced today:
“This is case of politicians using a single, rare and unfortunate incident to pander to extremists who want to undermine common-sense protections for wildlife. Every year dozens of hunters kill grizzly bears in self-defense and virtually none of them are prosecuted. Yet, you never hear those same politicians talking about how well the Endangered Species Acts works in those cases.
The Endangered Species Act is our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. It is also a flexible law, that has always retained the right of citizens to self-defense.
Federal prosecutors investigated the incident, determined it was self-defense, and dropped charges against Mr. Hill a week ago. The Endangered Species Act works. This is simply political grandstanding by politicians who want to weaken laws that protect our wildlife and wildlife habitat for future generations of Americans.”
Derek Goldman, Field Representative
Endangered Species Coalition
405 S. 1st St. West, Missoula, MT 59801
The Endangered Species Coalition is a national, non-partisan network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups across the country. Through public education, scientific information and citizen participation, we work to protect our nation's wildlife and wild places. http://www.stopextinction.org