The Endangered Species Act Could Become Extinct Much Like Many Of The Animals It Protects

The Endangered Species Act Could Become Extinct Much Like Many Of The Animals It Protects

Can species be saved without it?

It started with wanting to save the Bald Eagles and since then has evolved into much, much more. And now Congress is wanting to get rid of it. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was passed by a vote of 92 to 0 in the Senate and 355 to 4 in the House, finally being signed into law by President Nixon that same year.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides conservation for any and all animals on the endangered/ threatened list that are in the U.S. or outside in our water. It also includes some foreign animals.

1. If a species is endangered it means: it could become extinct fully or in a specific portion of where it is located

2. If a species is threatened it means: it could become endangered sometime in the foreseeable future if something is not done to protect or preserve it

For a full list of animals either are on the list or could be, click here.

And it doesn't stop there. The ESA also protects plants. In fact, there are more plants (most of which are the types that produce flowers) on the list than animals.

So how do these plants and animals get on the list anyway?

Well, it can be done one of two ways.

For the first way, a few biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service find and add species they believe need to be added or through public petition ( which can be written by anyone). Also through saving one species, you could be potentially saving another that relies on it for food, shelter or anything else.

One of the main reasons this law is so important is because many of the species that are put on the list recover enough to avoid extinction and some even recover enough to be delisted.

The ESA has saved a total of 70 species since it's been around and because of it, almost 99 percent of species that would have gone extinct are still around today.

So what happens if the ESA is decommissioned?

Well, overall it wouldn't be too big of a problem because many states have there own laws and policies when it comes to endangered species but many animals (especially birds) can and do move across state lines which could make it harder to have local recovery efforts.

We are currently undergoing a sixth major mass extinction and many scientists think that it is due to human overpopulation, although other factors like habitat destruction, overhunting, toxic pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change are also contributing to wildlife loss.

This is why the ESA is so important. It helps preserve wildlife not only for now but for the future. It ensures these animals and plants will be around for future generations to enjoy.

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To The First School Pony I Ever Rode, And Still Love

Although its been around 9 years since I've ridden Change, I still remember all he taught me.


Here's some background. It was my 4th birthday that started my love for horses. My parents and I lived in this house that had an acre plot of land, perfect for the best birthday parties. This birthday party, in particular, consisted of ponies.

My father rented one of those party organizations to bring a few ponies for my friends and me to ride, and that very day I said to my father, "I want to ride horses!" And the rest was history.

I started and still to this day ride at Level Green Riding School, a barn that became a second home to me at a young age. My first lesson, at the age of 6, was on this magical little pony, who now barely reaches my hips, Change. He was this fiery little pony who had some attitude but was incredibly patient with the young students.

I took my first few weeks of lessons on him and continued to on and off ride him for about two years after. Although we did little real work other than walk, trot, canter, then finally 18-inch jumping, I learned a lot from him.

So to my buddy Change,

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Thank you for helping me grow my love for riding. Because of you, I have continued to pursue my passion for the sport. I have kept with it, even when I felt like a failure. There would be times when I felt horrible about a lesson, but because of you I keep with it and understand that there is always room for improvement.

Thanks to you, I understand that the horse is never to blame, but that I should reevaluate my position, attitude or technique to better my relationship with the horse I am on. The love I have for these animals stems from the small connection my young kind had with you.

I learned how to be humble. The little things we accomplished together, like my first time ever posting, where I looked like I was attached to a pole just standing up and sitting down, was a big moment, but I know it only happened because you helped me out. Image if I was on a wild pony who had an attitude and was out of control, those big moments would have come a lot harder.

The first time we jumped, oh what a joy. Although it was a small pile of poles at first, I felt free. I really saw what it was like to have a simple connection with a being.

Change, you taught me control, composure, and to have a great attitude no matter what. Those times when you were having a bad day and the first time you tried to buck me off, instead of being in fear, I just laughed and kicked you along.

You taught me the fun of this sport, and for that, I thank you with all my heart.

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