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In 1973 during the Nixon administration dozens of key environmental laws were passed including the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act During this time public sentiment for the environment was on the forefront of concern President Richard Nixons speech the day the Endangered Species Act was put into effect embodies the shift of concern America placed on the environment Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed It is a many-faceted treasure of value to scholars scientists and nature lovers alike and it forms a vital part of the heritage we all share as Americans Richard Nixon Congress originally passed this legislation after viewing a series of images of the great animals of the west including the grizzly bear wolf bison and bald eagle our national treasures The publics concern for preserving these animals is rooted in its concern for keeping the beautiful wild animals our country identifies as its ownControversy exists as to whether or not the ESA is working as intended The US Fisheries and Wildlife Service one of the main agencies in charge of regulating the ESA found only nine percent of those listed under the Endangered Species Act are improving and 30 percent of those listed species are stable Simmons The service also noted that since the Act was passed in 1973 only 33 species have been delisted and of those seven became extinct twelve species should not have been listed in the first place and of the 14 that remain three include a kangaroo species in Australia that the Australian government recovered to a sustainable population Simmons Although numbers may not be the most effective measurement of success they are clear indicators that the there is room to improve the implementation of the act The ten species remaining as well as those noted for high success rates have one key similarity they all
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