The US Fish and Wildlife service is an agency of the federal government within the department of interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The Endangered Species act was passed in 1972 to "prevent species from going extinct by helping to stabilize populations, reduce the threats to their survival, and ultimately help species recover to the point that they no longer require federal protection." This is the only legislation protecting endangered species, and it is still being used to this day. 99% of the species placed on the list under this act have either been stabilized or are reaching recovery.*** U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Endangered Species Program. “Endangered Species Act | Overview.” Official Web Page of the U S Fish and Wildlife Service, www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/.
The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations to go into advancing science, fostering collaboration, making a global impact, shaping practical policies, and safeguarding nature. They are a perfect example of something people can do to contribute to endangered species and wildlife conservation. Everything this organization does ties into protecting endangered species, and the money that goes into it will help in so many ways. There are many organizations like this one where you don't know where the money goes. The Nature Conservancy will use the money donated to buy land and protect it from anyone wanting to build on it.*** The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy, support.nature.org/site/Donation2?df_id=12640.
The New York times describes the different perspectives on the lift of the elephant and lion trophy ban. One may think that hunting these endangered species, and being able to bring the trophies back to the united states, is one of the main problems facing the endangered species and to an extent, it is. In this article, the New York times takes a look at it from a different point of view. These big game hunters will pay up to $130,000 to go on an elephant or lion hunt. A majority of this money will go to into wildlife and animal conservation. Once the ban was put into place, the prices have dropped substantially.*** Nuwer, Rachel. “U.S. Lifts Ban on Some Elephant and Lion Trophies.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Mar. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/science/trump-elephant-trophy-hunting.html.
James Borrell is a conservation biologist with a passion for challenging research expeditions. In this video, Borrell describes that with optimism, there is hope for biodiversity. He tells about different conservation success stories and how "great things have small beginnings" . The stories he tells show that there is optimism for our future generations to slowly help biodiversity. Borrell states that "someone somewhere decided to do something rather than nothing" and they started a ripple effect which made more and more people to want to help conservation as well. This Ted talk is a great example to show that you don't have to be important to be a conversationalist.*** TEDxTalks. “Is There Hope for Conservation? | James Borrell | TEDxQMUL.” YouTube, YouTube, 16 July 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lJg4GEjj6M.
Even though there have been improvements over the years regarding conservation, the recent white house administration has been trying to weaken the legislation that protects the wildlife and the environment. Acts are in place to prevent any further disasters from affecting animals, and they have much improved the likelihood of future incidents, protecting our wildlife and environment. Efforts need to be taken to spread the word about the need to fight for the current legislation we have and to hopefully pass even more.*** Albeck-ripka, Livia, and Kendra Pierre-louis. “America Before Earth Day: Smog and Disasters Spurred the Laws Trump Wants to Undo.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Apr. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/climate/environmental-disasters-earth-day.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FEndangered%2Band%2BExtinct%2BSpecies.
The Las Angeles times presents an argument on the proposed limits to endangered animals being trapped in fishing nets. Dan Weikel says that "the president wants to dismantle other federal programs that protect endangered marine mammals." proposed legislation such as this and more are being overlooked due to the cost of putting it into effect. There is also controversy over the proposals because the number of endangered marine life getting injured or killed in fishing nets has dropped dramatically within the past 23 years. Even with less and less incidents, the proposals are necessary for conservation.*** Weikel, Dan. “Trump Administration Cancels Proposed Limits on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles Trapped in Fishing Nets.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2017, www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trump-marine-mammals-20170612-story.html.