USARK: Action Alert H.R. 2603, “Save Our Endangered Species Act”

Jun 5, 2017
USARK
by Editor in Chief

USARK - Like many aspects of our world today, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) must evolve and see change. Enacted in 1973, ESA is now outdated and extremely flawed. While well intended in 1973, today the regulation of nonnative species through ESA just does not work.

In fact, the listing of nonnative species under the ESA is not just redundant and pointless, the ESA is actually harmful to conservation efforts for nonnative species. Through modern, multifaceted methodologies such as conservation through education, utilization of captive populations, and consideration of genetic diversity, we can do better than the archaic 1973 law. Currently, ESA places severe restrictions on interstate movement and effectively creates detrimental genetic islands limited to populations within states. The ESA does nothing to conserve or protect the habitat for nonnative species, merely giving lip service to conservation while hindering real conservation and education efforts.

Let’s bring conservation into the 21st Century by removing the duplicate listings of nonnative species on the ESA and allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to focus on saving America’s endangered species.

Read more about what H.R. 2603 is and how to support it by clicking the big green arrow below.

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