Posted on December 28, 2014
This is a busy time of year – and lots of people are recovering from (or still enjoying) overeating, partying, hosting, and traveling. It's hard to get most people to care about sea turtles and sei whales when they have three loads of laundry to do or brand new video games to play.
So Endangered Species Day is not today; it's the third Friday in May.
But today is the anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. On this date in 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the bill into law.
This law was designed to protect species that were in danger of going extinct – especially when the cause for extinction was humankind's growth or activities. The U.S. Supreme Court later decided that the intent was to “reverse the trend toward species extinction.”
Before this law was passed, there were laws that protected this creature and that other creature, and once in a while there were laws that protected certain types of creatures (such as migrating birds). One obvious creature to protect in the U.S. was the nation's symbol, the bald eagle.
But the Endangered Species Act helps to protect all the Endangered and Threatened species listed by the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Check out this Kids Planet PDF about endangered species.
- Be inspired by this article in Kid World Citizen.
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