“The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 as a response to concern in the United States about the decline of species around the world. It is considered one of the most comprehensive wildlife conservation laws in the world.”
“The 1973 Act replaced 1969 and 1966 laws which provided for listing of endangered species but provided little meaningful protection. The 1973 Act has been reauthorized eight times. Significant amendments have been enacted in 1978, 1982, and 1988, while the overall framework of the 1973 Act has remained essentially unchanged. “
The act was signed into law in 1973 along with several other environmental laws of the decade… see links below
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