Lets take a look at some of the 'beneficiaries' of the ESA:
http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/2 ... ictims.htm
And, some FACTS about its effectiveness:
For an honest debate on the ESA, simple facts must get through the muck of propaganda about the effectiveness of the law. The American people need to know that the law is a complete failure in its stated mission to protect endangered animals and plants. The fact is, in the 32 years since the ESA has been on the books, just 34 of the nearly 1300 U.S. species listed have made their way off the list. Of this number, 9 species are now extinct, 14 appear to have been improperly listed, and just 9 have recovered sufficiently to be delisted. A less than 1% recovery rate proves the ESA does nothing to protect endangered species.
Yet, the law is the worst kind of land grab, giving the government unprecedented power to shut down industries, damage the economy, kill whole towns and destroy lives in the name of protecting the environment. No free nation can live under such tyranny.
Think about it.