People sometimes question why wolves need to be protected, or why a fish found nowhere else but in Utah’s Virgin River (the woundfin) deserves to be listed on the Endangered Species List. When we have so many formidable problems in the world, why are we concerned about the survival of a few animals, insects, fish, and plants?
When a species begins to fail to thrive in its environment, something is terribly wrong. Maybe the environment has been paved over, cut down, blown up, or burned. Maybe the environment has become too polluted to support the species. As each species is lost, the environment becomes less and less habitable for all living beings, humans included.
Along with the loss of species comes the loss of parkland, forests, beaches, and waterways that form our national and local parks. Given that the National Park Service often plays host to over 200 million visitors a year, that loss is inestimable as a source beauty and serenity.
By protecting species through the Endangered Species Act, we protect their habitat as well. We reverse the destruction and pollution and attempt to return the area to a healthy environment for all—including us.
When you think about it…how could we not have an Endangered Species Act?