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Senate Moves to Modernize Endangered Species Act

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     What if America had no eagles? How much patriotism would it lose? With the American Bald Eagle being the heart of the USA’s pride, it’s symbolism goes beyond words. However, losing this majestic creature may be in the future because of a decision from the 45th president.
     On February 15, 2017, the Senate gathered to discuss “modernizing” the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Farmers defend the Senate because the ESA requires them to protect wildlife living near or on their property, which could be potentially dangerous to crops and livestock.
     CNN broadcasted an informational video informing the public about the rapid increase of endangered species.
     “Species are vanishing at roughly 100 times the normal rate,” said CNN’s “Vanishing: The Sixth Extinction.”
     The Washington Post reports that an environmental organization sued the Trump administration for lack of enacting protections for the bumblebee, in fact the first ever bumblebee to be placed on the endangered species list.
     Without bumblebees, our world would look very different. Elite Daily reports that without pollination from the bees, many of crops would not exist. Without crops, such as many fruits, humans would lack availability to essential nutrients. Elite Daily also reports that one third of our supply of food exists with the aid of bees.
     The Stanford Daily reports that bees are dying so rapidly because of humans. Growth hormones and insecticides that farmers use, are relatively harmless at low doses, but in higher quantities, these chemicals are harming the bees when they pollinate crops.
     Neonicotinoids are among the chemicals that are harming the bees, as also reported by the Stanford Daily. This specific chemical can cause many harmful side effects that physically impair the mobility of bees, which ultimately causes death.
     Saint Francis de Sales once said, “The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them,”.
     A multitude of sources agree that making changes to the Endangered Species Act could prove harmful to not only the animals threatened, but to humanity itself. Only time will reveal the repercussions of these modifications.

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