Essay on Reasons Why Animals Become Endangered And Endangered Species

952 Words Dec 13th, 2016 4 Pages
According to scientists, around 150-200 species of plant and animal go extinct every 24 hours. This statistic doesn’t seem so shocking until the realization comes that this is almost 1,000 times the natural rate for extinction. Humans contribute a great amount to this pandemic. A prime example is that of the dodo bird, which was famously hunted into extinction. Around 20,000 species are currently listed as threatened by extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). When assessing the status of a species, one of the factors for the IUCN is that the species must be declining at a certain rate over the course of a certain number of years. People need to work to protect endangered species. There are several different reasons why animals become endangered and even extinct. Some of the reasons can occur naturally, but many do happen because of human activity. Destruction of habitats happen all over the world in forms of deforestation, urbanization, harvesting fossil fuels, and filling in wetlands and mowing fields. Pollution that occurs in the form of acid rain, water pollution, and oil spills. Many species are over hunted and fished for their furs, meats, and other valuable assets such as horns or tusks. The introduction of invasive species to areas such as the brown tree snake causing the Guam broadbill to go extinct when it was introduced to it’s habitat. So what?
While some laws, such as the 1973 Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal…

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