The Endangered Species Act Research Paper by TJ Davis

The Endangered Species Act
An overview of the the Endangered Species Act including a discussion on why it has been effective and recent attempts to undermine it.
# 100557 | 2,275 words | 16 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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The Endangered Species Act is one of the most ubiquitous examples of environmental policy. Under the aegis of the Fish And Wildlife Service, the act lays out protocols for listing species, the protections that species have, and methods of enforcement for violations of the law. This paper deals with the details, as well as the history of the Act and recent attempts by a political appointee from the Department of Interior to undermine it.

Purposes of the Act
Protocols For Listing
Major Exceptions to the Rule
Command and Control
Success Stories
Recent Attempts to Undermine

From the Paper:

"One of the most far reaching natural resources policy, as well as one of the most ubiquitous, is the Endangered Species Act (Title 16, Chapter 35, Section 1531 of the United States Code). This was created in response to a finding by congress that various fish, wildlife, and plants have gone extinct due to human actions, and other species, which have many values in terms of science and aesthetics, are being threatened by human activity (Cornell University Law School 2007), and that in its most basic form, states that no person may "harm harass, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any threatened or endangered species" (U. S.Department Of Agriculture 2007). This act has been amended several times throughout the years, and there have currently been attempts to make it harder to list a species, though recently, some rulings have been reversed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Audubon Society. 2006. Part 4: Exceptions To ESA Prohibitions. (Accessed December 5, 2007).
  • Center For Biological Diversity. 2007. The Road To Recovery (Accessed December 5, 2007).
  • Cornell University Law School. 2007. Chapter 35 - Endangered Species. (Accessed December 5, 2007).
  • Hebert, H. Joseph. 2007. Endangered Species Ruling Reversed. TIME.,8599,1688732,00.html?xid=rss-topstories (Accessed December 5, 2007).
  • Pollock, Josh. 2007. Julie MacDonald Resigns: An Opportunity To Fix The Real Problem At Interior. Center For Native Ecosystems.

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

The Endangered Species Act (2008, January 09) Retrieved December 02, 2022, from

MLA Format

"The Endangered Species Act" 09 January 2008. Web. 02 December. 2022. <>