07-R253

2007 -- H 6404

Enacted 05/16/07

 

 

H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING MAY 18, 2007 AS "ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Lewiss, Handy, Amaral, Lima, and Segal

     Date Introduced: May 16, 2007

 

     WHEREAS, A healthy environment is an integral part of Rhode Islandís economy,

society, and culture; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island is home to several threatened and endangered species,

including the roseate tern, the piping plover, several endangered sea turtles, and the Bald Eagle;

and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island and the United States have a long and proud tradition of

demonstrating respect for the Earthís wildlife and natural resources; and

     WHEREAS, We have a responsibility to our children and future generations to be good

stewards of our environment and to leave behind a legacy of protecting endangered species and

the special places they call home; and

     WHEREAS, The strength and vitality of the human environment is inextricably linked to

the health of all species and the places where they live; and

      WHEREAS, Species extinction and habitat destruction are a serious threat to our own

welfare, as nature is the source for most of our commonly prescribed medicines, and the loss of

any species could mean the loss of life saving drugs; and

      WHEREAS, Tourism, wildlife watching, bird watching, wildflower watching, hunting,

and fishing provide many economic benefits to all of Rhode Island; and

     WHEREAS, Recreational hiking, rafting, and fishing are important activities for many

Rhode Islanders; and

      WHEREAS, We have a responsibility to use the best available science to ensure we

protect this legacy for future generations; and

     WHEREAS, For 34 years, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 has served as the nationís

safety net for wildlife preservation, saving hundreds of plants and animals from extinction,

putting hundreds more on the path to recovery, and safeguarding the habitats on which they all

depend; and

      WHEREAS, Several proposals to weaken protections for endangered species and natural

habitats are currently pending before the United States Congress; now, therefore be it

      RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims May 18, 2007 as ďEndangered Species DayĒ in the State

of Rhode Island; and be it further

      RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives supports upholding the Endangered

Species Act so it may continue to protect our plants and animals, and the special places they live,

from the finality of extinction; and be it further

      RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to President George W. Bush, the United States

Secretary of the Interior, Governor Donald Carcieri, and Rhode Islandís Congressional

Delegation.

     

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