I just recently came across an interesting article titled “How The Endangered Species Act Helps Save Humans, Too”. TIME posted a new story about how Congress is looking into possibly weakening the Endangered Species Act. The author, Justin Worland, has some good points, in favor of protecting and keeping the act, about how it helps more than you think.
In my personal opinion, it should have more support, not less. If opponents of the Endangered Species Act believe that it is not doing enough to save wildlife, then invest more into it. Improve it. Animals shouldn’t be treated less than humans because in many ways they are just like us. It’s our responsibility to look after them because they are part of God’s creation too. And don’t forget about the plants! They are alive too, you know!
Anyways, this paragraph from the article got me frustrated:
“A group of Republicans who now control both houses of Congress and the White House have pushed for the most significant reform to the law since the measure was adopted in 1973. The measure received wide bipartisan support at the time with only four members of Congress voting against it. Today, Republicans argue that the measure has failed at protecting endangered species—pointing to the fact that the vast majority of species listed as endangered have not been delisted—while also burdening landowners” (TIME).
Since when do we own all the land? The debate about whether or not to weaken, replace, or remove altogether the Endangered Species Act shouldn’t be about economics; it should be about how effective it has been at saving lives and the environment. Many of them haven’t been removed from the list because it naturally takes a long time to increase and stabilize a population and the Endangered Species Act was only introduced on December 28th, 1973, according to NOAA Fisheries. That was only 44 years ago, which is not enough time I think to judge the results so far.
CNN also reported about the recent talks to “curb” it. The president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark, said, “For more than 40 years, the ESA has been successful, bringing the bald eagle, the American alligator, the Stellar sea lion, the peregrine falcon and numerous other species back from the brink of extinction. Based on data from the (Fish and Wildlife Service), the ESA has saved 99% of listed species from extinction,” to members of Congress (CNN).
I pray that they change their minds about trying to take down the Endangered Species Act. I don’t want to see this have a similar fate to other animal conservation and green laws or proposals, such as the movement to completely get rid of gasoline in vehicles in favor of environmentally friendly energy. 2050 is a long time to finally start doing something about it. Value is misplaced if money becomes more important than doing the right thing. I understand that the issues are more complicated than I’m leading them on to be here, but it’s just tiresome when nothing gets accomplished.
That is all for now, thank you for reading. This blog post is just my opinions on the matter, defending the Endangered Species Act. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree – I’m open to friendly, constructive conversations about what should be done about this. I hope you liked it and I’ll be on again soon.