A long-awaited series of bills to modernize and update the Endangered Species Act have been introduced in Congress. These bills are the first step to bringing much needed common-sense updates to a set of regulations that have not been updated in 30 years. ESA restrictions are especially harsh for farmers and ranchers because the law prevents them from making productive use of their primary business asset: their land. Unlike other industries, farmers and ranchers typically live on the land where they work, and they operate with a strong focus on both economic and environmental stewardship.
- Modernization and update is necessary because there are clear shortcomings associated with the upkeep and recovery rate of listed species.
- Even though the ESA was enacted to promote the public good, farmers and ranchers bear the financial brunt of providing food and habitat for listed species through restrictions imposed by the ESA.
- Today, the ESA provides “protections” for 1,661 domestic species at a cost of $1.47 billion annually (FY 2016).
- Only 3 percent of species have been successfully recovered since the law was enacted 45 years ago.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “It’s time for an ESA that brings clarity and certainty, encourages voluntary conservation work, increases local involvement and charts a path for real recovery and delisting of species.”
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