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Edited by: John Stewart
A True Endangered Species
By Scott M. Harn
Aug 13, 2001
Immediate action is needed. I would like to recommend that Homo Sapiens be listed as a "threatened species" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Homo Sapiens were once found in abundance in nearly every square mile of every single state in the U.S. Recent events have resulted in severe restrictions on the breeding grounds of this species, and prompt action is necessary to restore critical habitat.
Through the use of lawsuits, conservation easements, regulations, condemnations, and countless other methods, Homo Sapiens are being removed from their native habitat.
Even as I write this, another group of Homo Sapiens is being forced to move from an area encompassing the Klamath River in Northern California and Southern Oregon.
The ESA, 7 U.S.C. 136; 16 U.S.C. 460 et seq., specifically section 1532(8), states: The term "fish or wildlife" means any member of the animal kingdom, including without limitation any mammal, fish, bird (including any migratory, nonmigratory, or endangered bird for which protection is also afforded by treaty or other international agreement), amphibian, reptile, mollusk, crustacean, arthropod or other invertebrate, and includes any part, product, egg, or offspring thereof, or the dead body or parts thereof.
Section 1532(5) states that the term ''critical habitat'' for a threatened or endangered species includes "the specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the species, at the time it is listed in accordance with the provisions of section 1533 of this title, on which are found those physical or biological features (I) essential to the conservation of the species and (II) which may require special management considerations or protection; and (ii) specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species at the time it is listed in accordance with the provisions of section 1533 of this title, upon a determination by the Secretary that such areas are essential for the conservation of the species."
Section 1533(a)(1)(A) states: "The Secretary shall determine whether any species is an endangered species or a threatened species because of any of the following factors: (A) the present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range."
Just within the past year, millions of acres have been withdrawn via the previously mentioned tactics, and in addition, by the creation of "National Monuments." Homo Sapiens certainly qualify, as their habitat or range has been severely curtailed.
There have been reports of Homo Sapiens taking their own lives as their breeding grounds, and sources of income and food, have been effectively taken away. Klamath River farmers, a somewhat isolated group of Homo Sapiens, are just the latest victims.
There are currently 1802 species listed as "threatened" or "endangered" on the website of the U.S. Forest Service, and a mere 14 have been listed as "recovered," or less than 0.075%. In any published model, including the business model, the ESA would be recognized as a failure in its inability to effectively recover species. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on countless studies, regulations, government salaries, lawsuits, attorney fees, and purchases of land that our government cannot afford to adequately attend to after the fact.
Those who seek to confine Homo Sapiens to small parcels of heavily controlled and regulated land have abused the ESA. The time to use the ESA to protect Homo Sapiens, or to do away with the ESA all together, is long overdue.