Endangered species act
The 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted by congress to prevent the extinction of threatened and endangered species of fish, plants and wildlife. The protections of this act are strong. The ESA is used to determine the minimum flow-rate for rivers, the approval of pesticide use, and to evaluate the environmental effects of proposed developments. Once a species is listed as endangered, taking its life or destroying its habitat becomes illegal. This listing often results in the loss of land for use or development. Critics of the ESA listing and delisting process include oil, timber and mining interests, real estate developers and some farmers. They often disagree with the protection of what they consider are insignificant populations of species at the expense of land ownership rights. ESA proponents claim successful habitat preservation and species-recovery programs have led to the recovery of many endangered species including the Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, American Alligator, Gray Whale and the American and Arctic Peregrine Falcons.

Pending Legislation:
S.112 - Common Sense in Species Protection Act of 2015

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