Not many people understand the seriousness of endangered species. Some sources go as far as trying to prove that the act does more harm than good. They do not realize how drastically their lives can be changed if one part of the food chain is taken away. In the essay “Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf” by Mary Hannibal, the essayist explains that a group of environmental nonprofits would challenge the federal government’s removal of Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Wyoming. Hannibal does not explain the Endangered Species Act, but according to the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration it “provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened throughout all or a significant portion of
Could the Endangered Species Act itself become endangered with the current debates? Recently, many conservation advocates and government officials think so, pointing to the proposed policy change that could make it harder for wildlife to receive protection under the Act. So, what does the future hold for the Endangered Species Act? With more than 40 years since the passage of the ESA in 1973, politicians and environmentalists alike have analyzed the realities of the Act, creating an interesting current state of debate regarding conservation. With poor administration and provisions designed to promote good science and good sense flouted, the Act needs to change and improve to find the best middle available between the suppression of economic activity and the preservation of species within the United States. The Act now more than ever is in need of political cooperation that can both revive and reform it to best protect against future challenges and obstacles otherwise the act will eventually be rendered useless due to it ineffectiveness, falsified science, and lack of consistency.
Within the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps watch over and investigate the health of different species. Then, local and national scientist collects data to determine if a species gets put on the Endangered Species list. The main factor to determine the endangerment of a species is if a large percentage of the species’ habitat has been destroyed. Next, note if the animal’s population has been excessively decreasing, threatened by disease, or any terrorized by any predators. Also, record any man-made
The National Wildlife Institute has published “Conservation Under the Endangered Species Act: A Promise Broken”. Their critique of the Act includes questioning the programs undertaken as a result of the Act have played sufficient roles in the recovery of species that were delisted, as well as questioning the allocation of funding to programs intended to aid listed species.
The problems which have arisen since 1973 seem to be endless. First of all, the time needed to put an endangered species on the list is much too long. By the time most species get on the list, they are on the brink of extinction. Second, private
While people believed that the government had not gotten the best available scientific data to determine the status of the gray wolves in the United States, the “Endangered Species Act” specifies the stipulations that the government has to take in their determination of the quality of the research conducted. In the Act it says, “(b) BASIS FOR DETERMINATIONS.—(1) (A) The Secretary shall make determinations required by subsection (a) (1) solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available to him after conducting a review of the status of the species and after taking into account those efforts, [….]” (“Endangered Species Act” Section 4). Even though most people believe that, in some things they are better than others, people should tend to trust the federal government in certain choices that they make and let the government take the fall if it were to
In their article “Recent Population Size, Trends, and Limiting Factors for the Double-Crested Cormorant in Western North America,” researchers Jessica Y. Adkins, and colleagues explain that the population growth of the double-crested cormorant has increased so much that it has had some significant environmental impacts. One example that Adkins, et al. had mentioned in their article is that there is a raised alarm over the predation of juvenile salmonids, especially down the Pacific coast, and Columbia Basin where the salmonids are recorded on the United States Endangered Species Act. The writers mentioned that the last time the double-crested cormorants were studied was back in 1987-2003, however as stated in the article, “Recent re-evaluations
Under the Act, the roles of science and government policy are separate. The Com-mittee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is responsible for determining which species are at risk and the Federal Government is responsible for offi-cially listing species at risk. As of 2013, there are 676 species listed
After completing my major of Environmental Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, I would like to attend graduate school and continue to research mammals in the field. Though I am not completely certain, I may seek to become a professor to teach others that share my passion for conservation of the environment and wildlife, or work for an environmental agency. To become an agent of change in this field, I would like to focus my research on studying the effects of climate change on mammals. Accordingly, I want to aid in preserving these species, especially those that are endangered, to further promote biodiversity conservation.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was created to protect individual plant and animal species as well as their ecosystems. The act creates two separate groups: the endangered species and the threatened species categories. Endangered species are species that are close to extinction and threatened species are those that have a potential to move onto the endangered list. The Endangered Species Act does not account for how quickly any species can become endangered or extinct if it is not placed on one of the lists and nothing is done to protect it. This is compounded by the assertion that lobbyists also have an undue influence on which species are put on or removed from the endangered
I do agree with the evidence that the Endangered Species Act has been a conservation success. There is no denying that this act has helped thousands of animals and the statistics prove it. A recovery rate of ninety percent not only shows its success, but its potential for future success as well. I accept the claims made in the articles and there is sufficient valid support to the claims provided by organizations like the National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Biological
Due to Canada’s focus and effort on climate change, its wildlife has barely been touched by human production. Canada tries to protect their ecosystem and their environmental health. Hundreds of organizations
Save the Bald Eagles! Save the whales! Save the Mountain Lions! Such were the environmentalists rallying cries that brought about the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Although, the first official endangered species legislation was a 1966 bill that called for saving U.S. wildlife, but lacked the powers to do so. The Endangered Species Act(ESA) of 1973 set forth the basic rules that apply in the U.S. today. Two agencies, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, are responsible for reviewing the status of species in trouble to see if they warrant listing as either threatened or endangered. The decision is to be based solely on scientific data rather than social factors, such
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found and deals with the perseveration of wildlife which is threatened with extinction. The U.S Fish and Wildlife services is the government agency entrusted with the enforcement of it provision.
Since the beginning of life itself, some species have lived and prospered while other species have gone extinct never to be seen again by mankind. Because of this, some would claim that extinction is natural and not significantly problematic to the world that we live in. Others, however, understand that due to climate change, habitat loss, and poaching, more and more species are becoming endangered which leads to a chain reaction that can be devastating to ecosystems. Species such as the Chinook salmon, gorillas, tropical sharks, and polar bears are all directly affected by climate change, species such as northern spotted owls, Sumatran tigers, and lemurs are greatly harmed due to habitat loss, and species such as the sea turtle, Javan rhinoceros, African elephant, and the Red-Fronted Macaw are all affected by poaching driving them all closer and closer to becoming extinct.