nThis act is designed to conserve ecosystems by preserving wildlife, fish and plants. And while enforcement is largely through civil penalties, criminal
liability is imposed against any
person who knowingly violates
regulations issued under the act.
nThe act also permits federal courts to issue injunctions
against projects that threaten
nThe Endangered Species Act is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of the environment movement, because enforcement of the act does not depend solely on government agencies charged with protecting the environment.
nCitizens can bring suit under the Endangered Species Act
to prevent or halt projects that
threaten animals on the endangered