We have to put a stop to this and weaken the power that the Endangered Species Act has on us. People are getting laid off there jobs and millions of our tax dollars are being spent on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) all the time. Is it worth all of this for species. Must humans suffer and lose there jobs and houses over a few insects? Laws for the ESA are taking peoples property and fine ing them because endangered species live on their property. A person is legally barred from using certain measures to protect his property from protected wild animals. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state hunting bans, involves protected birds that feed on private crops or forage.

Another situation, arising under the ESA, involves protected predators (wolves, grizzly bears) that kill private livestock that people have to make a living on. These people can not do a thing because of the ESA. So what do they do Just let their live stock or crops get eaten up by these endangered species? The ESA's power is hurting us all the time. For en stance the construction of the San Bernardino Medical Center in California was delayed for years because of a large orange and black fly called the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly. In order for the Medical Center to be built the City of San Bernardino had to spend $3, 310, 199 so eight flies could live. The site of the Hospital had to be moved 250 feet from it original location.

Then the City of San Bernardino had to spend another $480, 000 for the study of the flies. I do not understand. These people rather help out flies then ourself's. They wanted to make a medical center. A center to help people, better. But what do we care about more.

Some Delhi Sands flower-loving fly. The ESA really target large property owners. In 1990 Brandt Child bought 500 acres of property in Utah. The next year in 1991, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service told him he he could not build on his own property because the lakes on it were inhabited by 200, 000 federally protected thumbnail-sized Kanab amber snails.

Thats not all, After they found 10 domestic geese's near the lakes and ponds. They told Mr. Child that if any of the snails get eaten by the geese it was a $50, 000 fine for every sail. Mr.

Child to this day is still out $2. 5 million. Due to the fact that he can't use his property, and the government refuses to compensate him for his loss. Do you believe this is fair? How can you tell a man that he he cant not build on his own land because there are snails on his property. This is getting out of hand. How can poor Mr.

Child control what these geese on his property do. He should not be getting fined for geese eating these snails. He does not have any control over the geese. Its a part of mother nature.

Eco-Terrorism or the destruction of property for an environmental cause, is all of the time. Over 1400 incidents of eco-terrorism have been reported in the last decade. For instance on Oct. 23, 1998 The Earth Liberation Front, an environmental activist group, claimed responsibility for setting a series of fires at the Vail Mountain ski resort in Vail, Colo. The fires made over $12 million worth of damage. So that the resort would not build on the land that was by animals.

There are 379 endangered animals and 595 endangered plants in America. There are also 272 threatened animals and plants. That mean there is 1246 different types of endangered or threatened species that can be on your property right now. Which means you are liable at any time for the ESA to run down on you and take over your land and start fine ing you just for owning property that an endangered species wants to live on. May sound crazy but it happens all the time.

The ESA has the power to take control of people's land when an endangered or threatened species is found on it. 'This ability to control how property is used makes the land owner an enemy. The result is that people who would otherwise help protect these species want to get rid of them. Instead the law could be changed by introducing methods of compensation for landowners who protect endangered species.

this could include rental payments or protection 'bounties.' This way a landowner will want to help out the ESA and keep the animal alive instead of trying to get it out of his yard or trying to kill it. 1) Stroup, Richard L. The Enemy. April.

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