Guarding against overreach of the Endangered Species Act

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Recently there have been media reports that have highlighted the dangerous overreach of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Desert Tortoise, Delta Smelt, Sage Grouse, and the Lesser Prairie Chicken to name a few species, are being respected over the value of the human species as various actions are being taken across the United States to severely curtail or eliminate the use of land, water, timber and mineral resources in deference to these species. These resources are vital for the security and economic solvency of the United States as they provide food, fiber, shelter and energy for our people.

The situation cements the fact that American Agri-Women (AAW) urges that the existing Endangered Species Act be repealed. At the very least, AAW supports a requirement that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Critical Habitat designations be completed before restrictive regulatory action is taken. Concurrent social, economic and environmental cost/benefit analyses and compensatory adjustments for takings deemed necessary for species protection is required, and should be enforced.

AAW supports allowing a state or private property owner who is accused of an ESA violation to continue with existing farming, logging, fishing or mining practices until the suit is resolved. No fine should be assessed unless a violation is proven.

AAW opposes expansion of habitat area designations for endangered species without peer-reviewed scientific data showing the additional acres are necessary.

With an ever increasing world population that will need to be fed, clothed and sheltered land being taken out of productive use for the benefit of people will regrettably result in an endangered species listing for the human race.

Sue McCrum, President of American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women.

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Wyoming  |  April, 25, 2014 at 08:38 AM

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but if I could make a single change that might help, it would be to end single species management. Each and every predator has a group raising tax free (to them) money managing for the maximum number of "their" species. Advocacy groups and biologists for certain hawks build artificial nests on rural power poses with no though of the other species that are affected. Wolves are protected in many areas, pushing coyotes and foxes out into places where grouse and other species live. They want to end cattle grazing, yet every spring I watch the grouse pecking under last winter's cow pies and eating either bugs or fresh forbs, perhaps both. There is way too much tax free money and too little oversight of all of these fund raising groups.

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