We know it’s important to you that we stick up for the science and policy that helps protect species and the environment. So that’s what SavingSpecies founder Stuart Pimm did yesterday at a congressional hearing in Washington DC. Congress wanted to know more about the role of hunting in conservation.
While we deplore the kind of unnecessary and brutalist hunting displayed by GoDaddy CEO Bob Parson‘s, which we wrote about last year, Dr. Pimm recognizes that hunters have a role in conservation.
In his testimony, Dr. Pimm said, “Good conservation takes good laws and good enforcement of laws — but it also takes good stewardship: responsible hunters, fishermen and sportsmen are sound stewards of our natural resources and we should not overlook that.” Pimm believes that, if properly managed, hunting has a role in conservation. “Hunting is a part of conservation, as long as it is regulated with proper enforcement and as long as it conforms to sound ecological principles,” he said.
Dr. Pimm also defended the Endangered Species Act (ESA), perhaps America’s most important and effective environmental law. Some critics argue that the ESA places unnecessary burdens on land managers, but Pimm told Congress that the Act has helped many species to recover.
Pimm described how listing of species puts it on the path to recovery. “Once a species is listed by the Act its chance of survival is excellent. Our national bird, the bald eagle, is now in every state.” He explained how endangered species protection has brought back from the very brink of extinction: the Hawai’i state bird, the whooping crane, the black-footed ferret, grey whales, and many other species.
Dr. Pimm is no stranger to helping members of congress and their staffs with environmentally-related science and policy briefings. This is the fourth time he has been invited to provide expert testimony before Congress.