The Congress is endangering our animals without us knowing it. The officials elected by the masses are currently using popular bills and legislations to get “rides” for their more unpopular amendments that are endangering our animals. The elected officials are trying to get bills passed without the knowledge of the general public.
The ESA, or the Act of Endangered Species, has been around for over forty years. According to it, there are several animal species on the United States territory that cannot be harmed by the citizens of the country. But more often than not, the endangered species are being removed from the official list because they are a nuisance for companies.
Lots of endangered or nearly-endangered species, like the sage-grouse, are being a pain in the behind of the developers. There are lots of companies who must cease activity, or limit pollution because they are in the vicinity of areas where the endangered species live.
In order to bypass the law that clearly states that all areas where endangered animals live must be protected, and intrusion is not allowed, some companies are convincing Congress members to use popular bills of law to pass smaller laws that remove certain species from the ESA official list.
The members of the Congress are endangering our animals willingly and secretly. The ESA is supported by 90 percent of Americans, meaning that any additional act that wants to modify or alter the original one would be frowned upon by the general population.
The endangered species should thus be protected by law and popular opinion, but there are always loopholes. A member of the Congress is allowed to use a bigger bill in order to hitch a ride for a smaller one, or an addition to an existing act.
And they are doing just that to the ESA because they want to avoid the general public that supports the idea of caring for all of the endangered species on the planet. Americans are willing to protect the sage-grouse, the gray wolf, the prairie chicken, and the long-eared bat even if their territory happens to intersect with oil deposits or some other form of fuel.
But the big companies disagree. Unfortunately, even though the public opinion disagrees, the Congress is the one that decides which animals should go on the endangered list, and which should not. Even though the general public believes that the Wildlife and Fish Association would be far better suited for the job.
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