Changing the endangered species act.

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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created on December 28, 1973, in order to protect animals that were in danger of becoming extinct. Congress passed this Act with the vote of 355-4 in the House of Representatives and 92-0 in the Senate. When President Nixon signed this Act, he was quoted saying, "Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed." When the ESA was passed it was designed to protect endangered species from extinction, as well as the habitat that is important to them. Though, more than thirty years later, the "House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA) launched his long-planned assault on the Endangered Species Act."

I believe that the ESA should not be changed in any way because it protects a lot of species from extinction. In the past people have hunted Bald Eagles and other animals for sport, but because they were placed under the protection of the ESA they are now able to expand in population.

Also, if this bill is passed, then it will be almost impossible to add new species of plants or animals to the protection list, as well as protecting the species from projects that threaten their survival.

Another reason why changes should not be made to this act is because it is essential for habitat preservation. As of now the Endangered Species Act protects habitats that are on the list, from being destroyed. But, if that is changed then people will be able to urbanize the land. Trees will be cut down as well as upturn the soil. When that happens, many species of animals and plants will die out. Being capable of keeping the habitats in their natural state is very important to the...