Putting People Last: Endangered Species vs. People

Vivoli Chapter in the Property Rights Reader

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Law-abiding, workaday Americans all across this once great country shoulder an increasingly heavy burden: their government.  For some, the burden is even greater; they are forced to take care of the government’s wildlife, at their own expense.  As U.S. wildlife laws grant the government monopoly control, private property owners and rural land users are providing public goods and services free of charge.  In return for their good stewardship, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is taking away their land.