The Success of the Endangered Species Act

The Success of the Endangered Species Act

Our #WorstQuoteoftheWeek goes to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, who recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the Endangered Species Act piece by piece.

His take: “It has never been used for the rehabilitation of species….”

Actually, Senator, the ESA has consistently been used to rehabilitate threatened and endangered species. Here’s the facts about ESA:

 

  • More than 100 species throughout the United States on the list have shown a 90 percent recovery rate.

 

  • It has allowed the designation of millions of acres of critical habitat, which is crucial to species’ survival.

 

 

Friends of Animals has worked to place these and many other endangered animals under the act’s protection.

Four Populations of Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

 

Prairie Dogs

 

Three Rare Parrot Species

 

Four Species of Sturgeon

 

Check out which other animals ESA has saved from the brink of extinction in this rundown from The Center for Biological Diversity.