Should Endangered Species Act Be Strengthened

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Summary The most powerful of all environmental protection laws, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is under fire from two directions. No one seems to be happy with it, on one side scientists and activists say it fails to protect hundreds of species that may be headed for extinction because of lack of funding or political support. Property rights advocates say the law unfairly harms farmers, ranchers, and developers who have on their land what some deride as an inconsequential bug or weed. Others say that local governments should have more control. Some species have done very well, since the law was enacted, including them the peregrine falcon, the American alligator, the bald eagle, and the California condor. Some do not feel that it is working and that the vast majority of the species have not improved under the current law. (Nordell 2005 ) Should Endangered Species Act Be Strengthened? Extinction is normal, 99.9 per cent of the species that have inhabited the planet are extinct (Easton 2009). The process of extension is suppose to happen over time today, however, human intervention is destroying the habits of spices, hunting them into extinction and obliterating their food supplies. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has made some progress in the past 30 years but it has been hindered by law suites and the massive amounts of money that has been spent on them (Easton 2009). Perhaps that explains some of the findings that have come to light. When the Endangered Species Act was introduced it planned to save endangered species from extension. However, over 30 years later it has only saved 10 of the nearly 1,300 species that were listed. That is a meager success rate of less than one percent. Even more unimpressive is that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service states that 39 percent of all species listed under the ESA have an unknown status, 21 percent are

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