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As feral cats imperil wildlife, the trouble with the ESA 

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As feral cats imperil wildlife, the trouble with the ESA 

The year was 1972 and Richard Nixon was president. It would be two more years before the Watergate scandal forced the only U.S. presidential resignation in history to occur. But in 1972 Nixon declared that conservation efforts in the United States aimed toward preventing the extinction of species were inadequate and called on the 93rd Congress to develop comprehensive endangered species legislation. Congress responded, and on December 28th, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 was signed into law.

The purpose of the ESA is to protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. The Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service administer the ESA. The USFWS has primary responsibility for terrestrial and freshwater organisms, while the responsibilities of NMFS are mainly marine wildlife such as whales and anadromous fish such as salmon.

Under the ESA, species may be listed as either endangered or threatened. “Endangered” means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. “Threatened” means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. All species of plants and animals, except pest insects, are eligible for listing as endangered or threatened. For the purposes of the ESA, Congress defined species to include subspecies, varieties, and, for vertebrates, distinct population segments.

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  • foxxybey

    It is okay to kill million’s of human babies without a gun but harm the wild life in any way and the nut jobs go wild with hate speech, name calling and murder in their eyes. What a stupid bunch of idiots and you can’t fix stupid.

    • Guest

      I guess I’m an idiot because I love my cats and am a conservative gun owner. LOL

  • liliq

    This is an open call to lessen the effects of an invasive species. People with any sense have put cowbells on them for the last 50 yrs or so, but the cure is to remove them from the environment–force cat owners to keep them inside and if they want a cat to actually feed the animal and take care of it.

    • ConservativeGrl

      Mine is an indoor/outdoor cat, he roams outside in the evening and comes when I call him. He responds to his name, and takes walks with my son. One call and he comes running full speed like a puppy. Why am I going to keep my cat inside when he wants fresh air, just like you? Should I cage him and let him get fat and prevent the exercise he needs? Why is it necessary to let dogs get exercise but not cats? Not all are lazy. Mine needs the outdoors to keep in shape. Comments about cats usually come from those who hate them or have none…

  • tedthebear

    Cat, that’s an old Indian word for moving target!

    • ConservativeGrl

      I hope you don’t have any pets. It would really be a shame for them 🙁

  • ConservativeGrl

    This article is about as intelligent as the comments from people who hate cats and other animals. Very disappointed to see this article here as I’m a usual reader of this site and an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I’m all for hunting, but this article just proves you really had nothing else to write about really don’t like cats 🙁

  • just a girl

    hey I have cats, too. I DO like them a LOT. But they are neutered and kept inside. Because I also happen to think wildlife has worth too. Domestic cats are bird killing machines. Keep them inside.
    YES- feral cats- ARE the “indian” word for moving targets.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1252355351/ Adrian Vance

    Wild cats are killers. Respond accordingly.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • Jay W

    I lived in a farm house for three years and due to a local crazy cat lady it was overrun with feral cats. There was not a rabbit, squirrel or gopher within a half mile of the place and few birds, especially ground feeders like doves. I did my best to thin the population with the SSS method. (Shoot, shovel, shutup.) I closed the curtains to avoid disturbing my own cat.

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