The Endangered Species Act ( Esa ) Essay

1400 Words Aug 17th, 2015 6 Pages
It is a well known fact many species from around the world are constantly added and removed from the endangered species list but it is much less known that we are currently going through the sixth mass extinction. While extinction is a natural phenomenon it is a natural ‘background’ occurrence only affecting one to five species per year. Currently scientists are estimating 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens of animals going extinct per day. It is estimated as many as 30 to 50 percent of all modern species are headed towards extinction by mid-century (The Extinction Crisis). Multiple organizations and policies have been created in order to protect the rapid decline of many of these species, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA is an American policy created in order to protect global species. Once a species becomes “endangered” or “threatened” it received special protection by the federal government. Unfortunately for the ESA they are unable to save every threatened species. Within the ESA lies a select group of cabinet known as the “God Squad” who has the power to decide weather a species has enough value to be saved from complete extinction.
In 1966 Congress passed the Endangered Species Preservation Act creating a means for listing native animal species as endangered while providing limited protection on a $15 million per year budget. The Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Defense were to seek, protect, and preserve the…

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