Environmental Law

What Exactly Are The Protections Afforded To Endangered Or Threatened Species?

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 makes it illegal for governmental agencies or private individuals to take or harm (including habitat) of any endangered or threatened species. To take means to kill or harm the species, and its definition also extends to any negative impact, modification, or degradation, of its habitat where it effects behavior such as breeding, migration, as well as other normal behavioral characteristics.