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house Bill H.R. 4315

Putting Endangered Species on the Internet

Argument in favor

The public deserves to know why and where certain animals are considered endangered, and what the federal government is doing about it.

Lance's Opinion
Information, especially information that would have such a minor probability of being abused, should always be free.
Like (2)
Kmueller14's Opinion
Knowledge is power. If more people knew which animals are endangered, more people can stand up and fight for these animals.
Like (1)
Jstone's Opinion
As much information we can put on the internet the better. This not only educates, but it could inspire some to make a difference.
Like (1)

Argument opposed

Publicizing information about endangered wildlife makes them vulnerable to poachers, and creates bureaucratic hurdles that delay their protection.

A.M.M.S's Opinion
Because there are mean people in the world who could kill these animals m
Wanda's Opinion
Seems to me this smells of GOP demonizing ESA
John's Opinion
Why give those who mean or want to cause harm all the information on every endangered species. "Hey guys.....they're over here" yes it's important that we protect them and the information is needed but not necessary to share with the public if your real cause is to protect the species.

What is House Bill H.R. 4315?

 This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) to require  federal agencies (like the Department of the Interior) to publicize decisions made about the ESA to the public.

This would include some financial records, research, and electronically publishing things like:

  • Which species are endangered; 
  • Where critical habitats are located;
  • The data that proves a species is in decline. 


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state, tribal, and county governments, who would be required to post more electronic information about endangered species. Would also impact public awareness of endangered species, and consequently how they are protected.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4315

Based on past costs of inputting documents onto public websites, CBO estimates that this bill would have a negligible effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In Depth:

The bill would also require:

  • That the “best scientific and commercial data available” used for ESA decision-making be published online. 
  • Federal agencies to share some of their spending costs with the public. For example, how much money they spend on ESA-related lawsuits, how many employees were dedicated to ESA litigation, and attorney fees doled out to the successful ESA litigant.
  • An imposed $125 per hour cap on government reimbursement of attorneys fees under the ESA.


Sponsoring Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) Press Release

Defenders of Wildlife (in opposition to H.R. 4315)

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) (in support of H.R. 4315)

House Floor Report (dissenting and supporting views)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user USFWS Endangered Species)


Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act

Official Title

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed July 29th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 233 Yea / 190 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedMarch 27th, 2014

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