Biden Administration Urged to Save 19 Species Abroad
The Center just filed a notice asking the Biden administration to save 13 birds, five butterflies and one clam found outside U.S. borders. The Fish and Wildlife Service has admitted all these animals deserve Endangered Species Act protection, but under Trump the agency dragged its feet.
The species we're asking the feds to protect include the unique Okinawa woodpecker, harmed by U.S. jungle-warfare training in Japan; the stunning Kaiser-i-Hind swallowtail, threatened by habitat destruction and collection in Bhutan, China and India; and Mexico's Colorado Delta clam, plunging toward extinction due to drastically reduced Colorado River flows from the United States. Some of these animals have been waiting for protection for almost 35 years.
"The Endangered Species Act can help species outside the U.S. too," said the Center's International Director Sarah Uhlemann. "U.S. protection can ban a species' import and sale, increase awareness of their plight, and sometimes even bring funding."