Hooded Warbler © Lanny McDowell
Please Cosponsor H.R. 5552 the Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2020
To [Decision Maker],
I support H.R. 5552 the Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2020.For over 100 years, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has protected native birds in the United States from unnecessary death, and it is credited with saving numerous species of birds that I love from extinction. President Trump has proposed a rule on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to change the definition of "take" and exempt incidental takes from law's prohibitions, H.R. 5552 would ensure that the definition of "take" includes incidental takes. The MBTA clearly states that it's unlawful to take or kill migratory birds "at any time, by any means or in any manner" regardless of intent. Over the past 40 years, under the administration of both parties, FWS and the Department of Justice have consistently taken the position that MBTA applies to incidental take.
Since passage of the MBTA in 1918, the threats to migratory birds have changed, but the MBTA remains critical to the survival of wild birds that I value and enjoy.
Birds are already facing an existential crisis due to factors like habitat loss and climate change, with reports documenting a decline of 3 billion birds in North America since 1970. It's unacceptable to stop holding companies responsible for bird deaths at a time when 76% of all bird species in the US are declining.I strongly support H.R. 5552 the Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2020 and I ask that you cosponsor this important legislation.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]