Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/28

“December 28, 1973” by Rick Sanders

Agelaius phoeniceus

Agelaius phoeniceus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1973. The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States. Wikipedia adds:

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 7 U.S.C. § 136, 16 U.S.C. § 1531 et seq.) is one of the dozens of United States environmental laws passed in the 1970s. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973, it was designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The U.S. Supreme Court found that “the plain intent of Congress in enacting” the ESA “was to halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost.”[1] The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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