Mr. Steven A. Williams, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C St., NW.
Washington, DC 20240
January 26, 2004
Dear Mr. Williams:
Wildlife Watch, Inc. is an animal protection organization
that seeks to educate the public about the mismanagement of wildlife by
state and federal wildlife agencies, and the destruction of wildlife and
ecosystems in the name of sport hunting and game management.
It is no surprise that the anti-environmental extremists
in the Bush administration are trying to exploit and possibly extinguish
many endangered species by weakening the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The
arrogance of the wildlife haters in the Bush administration is shocking and
almost impossible to comprehend.
Allowing American hunters, circuses and others to decimate
endangered wildlife populations is not the way to stimulate protections of
We are sure that killing and enslaving endangered species
would please the animal-use extremists who have backed President Bush since
the inception of his political career, and will not in any way benefit the
wildlife who are knocking on extinction's door.
President Bush seeks to strip the modest protections of
the already inadequate ESA, which was established thirty years ago by
President Nixon, so that the most abominable animal exploiters in this
country will benefit by his moves.
Regarding the President's environmental policies, Senator
James M. Jeffords of Vermont, formerly the chairman of the Senate Committee
on Environment and Public Works, said that "Across the board, we would be
better off doing nothing than doing what the Bush administration wants to
do, which will make things worse than they already are."
It is high time that the President stops pandering to the
game agencies and his big game hunting colleagues by allowing them to kill
anything that moves. Things are grave for endangered species now and this
most recent shock and awe campaign against them will only make things worse.