Celebrating The Endangered Species Act – 42 Years Strong
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed 42 years ago today because Americans believed that protecting our wildlife was an obligation to future generations, our nation’s environmental health, our fellow creatures, and the heart of the American way of life. It included wildlife ranges and habitats irrespective of political boundaries because these habitats, which are vital to species survival, cross arbitrary lines.
With extinction there is no turning back, no second chance. Thankfully, the ESA has given thousands of at-risk species a second chance for over four decades and has worked successfully to prevent the extinction of 99% of the species placed under its protection.
Although the ESA is often considered the most successful piece of environmental legislation ever passed, it remains contested and controversial, particularly on the question of balancing economic and environmental health. Sadly, many of the industries and special interests responsible for the original habitat destruction which inspired the ESA have been fighting for years to destroy the Act itself, and have seized upon the wolf and other politicized species in need as the excuse to finally exterminate it.
In recognition of this milestone, join us in honoring the values Congress embraced four decades ago and rededicating ourselves to preserve the spirit and integrity of this robust and effective federal law.
Thank you, Endangered Species Act.