Environmental Science Essay

643 Words Jun 27th, 2012 3 Pages
SCIE210 – Unit 5 Individual Project
Sandra Allen
American Intercontinental University
May 27, 2012

From the beginning of time, there has always been wildlife. The animals and plants of our wildlife contribute to what makes this life so interesting. If all wildlife were to go extinct, then we would not have a way to replenish the oxygen to survive off of. All animals and plants are a part of our lifecycle and should be respected as such.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was put in place to protect threatened and endangered animals and plants. There are two agencies that equip this program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This act was dated official
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The Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 authorized the Secretary of Interior to spend $15 million per year to purchase habitats for the species on the endangered list. This act also required protection of these species on federal land. All land belonging to the public that was not government was not required but were encouraged to. Many benefits have come from these law acts that have been set in place. Recovery plans have been put into place to help our animals and plants replenish. While doing this, exemptions can and do occur. If there is a project to be done within a habitat of a listed species, then the ESA must notify the FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service. Once listed species reached a level of stable existence again, they were delisted. As of 2011, fifty-one species had been delisted. Any kind of harming, wounding, or killing is considered to be a violation. Violations of these laws have a variety of penalties. The maximum fine is up to $50,000 or a year of imprisonment, possibly both. I do absolutely believe this law has improved our societies and environments due to helping original life to be sustained. These animals and plants were created to be on this earth. They did not choose to be here and did not choose to be killed for human pleasure. This law has given these listed species another chance.

References:
Boorse, D. F. and Wright, R.T. (2011). Environmental Science: Toward a more