Why Should We Protect Non Resources?

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Prompt: Why should we protect ‘non-resource’ (e.g., endangered) species? Since 1620, it has been estimated that over 500 plant and animal species have gone extinct in our country (US Fish and Wildlife Service). While it may be too late to protect these species, why should we protect other species that are endangered and could become extinct? In the preamble to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Congress of the United States answers this question by stating that we should protect these species because they “are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.” (Act). While many of these species may not be a resource to man, they are all important in some aspect and need…show more content…
Also, the reintroduction of Canis lupus has benefited the threatened grizzly bear as elk killed by wolves provide an easy meal for the bears (Farquhar, 2015). On a similar note, another reason as to why we should protect non-resource species is because when you protect a non-resource species you are essentially protecting the habitat in which it lives which allows the species to survive and reproduce. While the target species may not be a keystone species within its habitat as Canis lupus is, doing so may be of benefit to other species within the same habitat, specifically those that interact with the target species. Most species become endangered as a result of habitat loss, so in order to preserve and protect this endangered species, it is vital to preserve and protect the habitat in which it is found. Doing this may in fact create benefits for other species which share the same habitat. The endangered species act serves to protect the ecosystems in which endangered species are found. By doing this, the government promotes better land use practices which allow for the ecosystem in which the endangered species lives to become healthy once again. For example, if there were to be major conservation efforts put into effect for the streams in which Logperch (Percina caprodes) resides, the Snuffbox mussel (Epioblasma triquetra) would benefit as
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