More and More Animals on Brink of Extinction

Posted on March 5, 2019 by

“What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing,” Jay Inslee said.

Everyday, animals on the brink of extinction are pushed further and further onto the edge of perishing. Logging, illegal poaching, deforestation, commercial fishing, global warming; all of these factors play a key role into why endangered animals are becoming the new “normal.”

“Just one female elephant remains in the Knysna forest, making her the last truly wild, free-roaming elephant in SA and the southernmost in the world. These savannah elephants were forced into the forest due to hunting and human encroachment,” Angelux1111 said in reference to a study conducted on these endangered elephants.

Animals that are subjected to poaching, the ivory industry, climate change, and much more continue to decrease in numbers. Congress is chipping away at the endangered species act and shows no signs of stopping.

“More and more, some members of Congress and Trump Administration officials want to take species off the endangered or threatened lists for political reasons,” Lara Levison, the senior director of federal policy for Oceana, said.

Bills that are in favor of reducing protections to gain more profit for things such as oil and land are currently being proposed in front of Congress.

Bill H.R. 4239, if passed, “weakens protections for marine mammals in favor of the oil and gas industry by eviscerating a permitting process spelled out in the Marine Mammal Protection Act for industrial activities in the ocean,” Oceana said.

“I think animal conservation is good, and it is usually all in good intentions. Unfortunately, it does not always work, and in certain situations, some negative causes cannot be prevented,” senior Reece Fenstermacher said.

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