The Bush administration has found one of the best ways to undermine the Endangered Species Act: just stop listing species as “endangered.” The Bush administration has the worst listing record of any president in the history of the Endangered Species Act. His per yer listing record is only eight. Even Reagan did better with 32 species listed per year.
When wildlife, plants and fish are not officially recognized or “listed,” they don’t receive the protections of the federal government under the Endangered Species Act no matter how few of them survive on the planet. It is a pretty effective way of harming wildlife.
The Endangered Species Coalition has just published a report highlighting ten species plus three honorable mentions that should receive protection under the Act.